In Thursday's meet against Holy Redeemer High School, Mia Nonnenberg (Scranton) of Scranton Prep set a school record in the 100 freestyle with a :53.25 time, won two individual events and participated in two winning relay teams.
In other words, just another day in the pool for the standout junior.
After last season's nationally-recognized efforts, Nonnenberg is ready for even better results this year.
Nonnenberg burst onto the top of the local swimming scene last year, where she set several school records, including the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. After the high school season ended, Nonnenberg continued competing with Blue Dolphin Aquatics, where she qualified for the USA Swimming 2012 Speedo Junior National in the 400 IM.
Starting out swimming, I just wanted to have fun with it, Nonnenberg said. I'm just happy that I am having this much success, not only for myself but for the team.
For all the individual accomplishments, Nonnenberg said she gives a great deal of credit to those who support her, including her parents, Marty and Linda, and her brother, Matt, who also swam in high school.
No matter what, they are always there, Nonnenberg said. Whether my meet is good or bad, they are always there to support me.
She also said she appreciates the support from her teammates, such as Niko Lastauskas and Katie Voitik, who constantly push and encourage her to reach her best.
I don't think without them I would be able to stick with it, Nonnenberg said. This is a sport you can't do alone. You need somebody to keep you motivated during practice. It's a lot of time that you put into it and it's great to have people there that you know are doing the same thing as you.
Scranton Prep coach Joe Thier said Nonnenberg's Diligence and willingness at practice play a big role not only in Nonnenberg's own success, but the success of the team as a whole.
She is a great asset for her teammates, Thier said. There's a lot of reasons why the other kids are being pulled up and (one of the reasons is) because of her. They are kind of rallying and feeding off of her, and at the same time they help her in the long run as well. Her two training partners, Katie and Niko, are two people she's really pulled along, but at the same time they've pushed her.
Thier said he has done his best to challenge Nonnenberg in practice and hopes it will help her reach her full potential.
We ask her to go outside her comfort zone and be doing things in advance of her actually doing the things that she accomplished, Thier said. Her ultimate goal is the highest level, which is nationals…She needs to keep her sights set on the highest thing she is capable of doing.
Nonnenberg is also eyeing more immediate goals she can achieve before national competition starts up again. She said she is working toward placing first at the state competition in her events after coming close last year.
I'm really looking into getting a state win, Nonnenberg said. I was so close last year with my second and third-place finishes. That's my main goal for the season.
It will take even more work for Nonnenberg to continue her sensational run, not only at the district and state levels but nationals as well. Nonnenberg said she is more than willing and able to meet these challenges and reach her goals.
You just need to know that in the end it's all going to pay off, Nonnenberg said.