Arab Junior High student Maddie Nunley, who competes on the Arab High School swim team, swims year round, and this year has been no exception.
When not competing for the Knights, or Arab’s rec league team in the summer, Nunley swims for the Madison Swim Association. She has competed with MSA three years now.
Nunley competed this year for the first time for Arab High. She is 13 and a seventh grader at AJHS. She won multiple events during the season and qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke. In the state meet, she finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke for 6A/7A schools.
Recently, in the Southeastern Age Group SC Championship meet, she finished first in the 100 breaststroke, 50 breaststroke and 400 medley relay. She also finished second in the 400 free relay and fourth in the 200 breaststroke.
This meet has all the top swimmers from the Southeastern U.S. for their respective age groups. Prior to this meet, Nunley qualified for the same meet for senior competitors, which has swimmers up to college ages. These swimmers are the best of the best in the Southeastern U.S.
Nunley swam against Olympic Trial and Div. I college signees in this meet. She stated it was an “awesome” experience.
During this meet, Nunley was able to cut 2.84 seconds off her best time on the 100 breaststroke; 7.03 seconds off her best 200 breaststroke time; and 3.40 seconds off her 50 breaststroke. Her new time in the 100 breaststroke would have had her finishing third in the high school state meet that she swam earlier this season.
Nunley’s time has qualified her to compete in the US Futures Swim Meet, which is a prelude to the Olympic Trials.
Her goal is to continue swimming competitively with Arab and swim/practice year-round with MSA to prepare her for college and hopefully the Olympics one day.
She is the daughter of John and Angel Nunley. She has three brothers: Garrett, Nate and Maison Nunley.