Athlete Spotlight: Swimmer Maija Adourian

By Louis Galdos
Elm Staff Writer

Maija Adourian strives for perfection.  She is always looking to improve so that she can better herself and push her teammates in the right direction. The women’s swim team captain strives to lead by example.

Adourian won the Most Improved Swimmer award last year and was a two-time recipient of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

She has already reached one of her goal for the season. She broke 30 seconds in the 50-yard backstroke, the first leg of the 200-medley relay.

“I shocked myself,” she said.

Maija Adourian
Maija Adourian

Not one to slack off, she continues to work on improving her times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and “improve my flipturns.”

“Maija is a great leader in and out of the pool. When in the pool, she is always giving 110 percent and encouraging her teammates when sets get tough. She’s everything you want to see out of a swimmer during practice,” Coach Emily Rollo said. “Out of the pool, she leads by example by taking on a tough work load as a pre-med student and swimmer. She excels in everything she does and sets the tine for her teammates to do the same.”

One of Adourian’s favorite memories was the six point victory over Franklin and Marshall this season.

“People often think of swimming as an individual sport, but they don’t realize how much we feed off of each other’s energy, whether positive or negative,” she said. “We really came together as a team, left it all in the water, and fought for every point. We hadn’t beaten them in 10 years, so the win was extra sweet.”

The Phoenix, Md. native is a graduate of Notre Dame Prep where she swam as a part of a three-time IAAM championship team and one-time National Catholic Championship team. She won NISCA/Kiefer Girls Scholar Team Award on her club team. She also won the Most Improved Swimmer and Coaches’ Choice Award. She was a member of the Honor Roll, inducted into the Science National Honor Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was involved in string orchestra, Environmental Club, SADD, French Club, PAW Club, and Cultural Awareness Club.

After graduating from Washington College, Adourian plans to take a gap year and work as a medical scribe before attending medical school.

“Beyond that, I don’t know which specialty interests me the most, but I have time to choose that later; the focus now is applying and getting in,” she said.

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