Junior Abby Max is nearing Geneseo’s best of the best. The swimmer became a 14-time All-American after winning three individual and three relay certificates at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships that concluded Saturday March 22 in Indianapolis.
Max joins other talented swimmers on Geneseo’s list of leaders in All-American certificates in all sports. Michelle Rodriguez ‘11 tops the list with 16 total, while Josh Muldner ‘99 follows with 15, both of whom were swimmers.
Since her collegiate debut, Max has proven that she does belong on the college’s All-American leaders list. The New Hartford, N.Y. native earned three certificates her freshman year and tallied another five last year.
Entering this season, Max said she expected to “definitely get to the national meet again.”
“I just kind of take goals while they come, so obviously SUNYACs was first and then once I was there, my goal was to get national cuts and to be top 16 in all my events,” she said.
Max finished in the top 16 in all but one event, the 400 medley relay. Her best performance was 10th in the 500 freestyle with SUNYAC and school records at 4 minutes, 54.32 seconds. Her other All-American certificates came from placing 15th in the 100 freestyle, ninth in the 200 freestyle, 14th in the 200 free relay, 15th in the 800 free relay and 15th in the 400 free relay.
Max credits her success to the support of head coach Paul Dotterweich. Competing in the “very mental” sport, Max relies on the veteran coach to maintain confidence.
“So, him just being confident in me and believing in me really helped pushed me to be as good as I can be,” she said.
Similarly, her relay teammates, she said, have stuck together and remained focused despite obstacles, such as injuries.
“We were all really determined to get there and I think that just carried us there,” she said.
Already looking to next year, Max hopes to finish top eight in all events at nationals. Just missing top eight with a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Max said it’s a “good goal to keep working toward.”