In The Spotlight
Macht Takes Home Gold At National Championship
Freshman student-athlete Anna Macht just upped the bar for an already successful Darton College swimming program, leaving ten school records in her wake as she swam into All-America status and a national title at the 2012 NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Along with a silver-medal in the 200-yard individual medley and a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, Macht swam the 400-yard individual medley in 4:27 – beating the former school record by five seconds and earning a coveted position at the top of the champions’ podium with a gold medal in hand.
“I only wanted to win,” she said. “I was really excited. My goal all season was to win something (at nationals).”
And what a season it was for Macht, who broke school records in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys.
She also swam with relay teams that set new records in the 800-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. In total, Macht holds seven individual records and three relay records at Darton, after only one season with the program.
All the while Macht earned excellent grades as a full-time student at Darton.
“If you had to define the perfect student-athlete, it would be Anna,” said Darton head swimming coach Molly Gilbert. “She’s one of a kind – sometimes you have athletes that are really good, but they’re not fun to coach, or they make bad grades, or they have other issues – but Anna is the complete package.
“She’s a joy to be around. She loves what she does. She loves coming to practice.”
Macht’s father was a competitive swimmer, and he introduced her to swimming at an early age at her home in Germany. She said years of experience in the pool kept her relaxed and focused as she went into the national meet.
“I’m not scared,” she said. “I try to stay happy and tell myself that I can do it. I stay positive and think back to all of the training that I put in.”
While Macht said she will take a break now that her first collegiate season has come to a close, it won’t be long before she is back in the pool again.
“It will be time to practice for next year’s nationals,” she said. “My goal for next year is to become ‘National Swimmer of the Year.’”
Darton College freshman Anna Macht leads the 400-yard individual medley on her way to a gold medal at the NJCAA championships in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Darton College freshman Anna Macht is honored at
the podium following her gold-medal finish.