Swimmer of the year: Anna Metzler

Swimmer of the year: Anna Metzler

Hannah Donahue

The 2019-2020 season for the Wildcats was a successful one as they were crowned American East Champions and won five medals at the ECAC Championship. The Cats’ were led by sophomore Anna Metzler who seemingly couldn’t be stopped all season.  

Metzler put on a fantastic season posting some of her best times and was bound for the NCAA Championship until her season was cut short. Metzler was undoubtedly the top swimmer for the Cats’ as she won three individual events and was a part of three relay teams that claimed first place in the America East Championship. She was also named Most Outstanding Swimmer of the meet breaking seven total records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and the 200 back.  

Metzler didn’t stop there as the Wildcats traveled to Annapolis, Maryland to compete in the ECAC Championship. Metzler only competed in the 400 individual medley but swam a time of 4:07.20 breaking the America East, ECAC Championship and UNH Record. By doing so she qualified for the NCAA Championship and was the only swimmer in the top 20 not coming from a power 5 school. She was also named ECAC Swimmer of the Meet and qualified for the NCAA Championship and the opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.  

Head coach Josh Willman had only great things to say about Metzler all year and was really impressed with the level that she competed at day in and day out. Even in practice she would be pushing others to do their best and when swimming alongside senior Corinne Carbone, excellence was expected. During the season she was also named America East Swimmer of the week four times as she performed at an exceptional level all season.  

With the season coming to a screeching halt, Metzler is looking ahead to next season and how she can come back and improve individually but also as a team. Returning as a junior Metzler will be expected to lead the team to another America East Championship and should make it back to NCAA Championship where she can get redemption and prove herself against top competition.