Audrey Corcoran is a senior and four-year member of the Manhattan College women’s swimming and diving team. Originally from West Boylston, Mass., Corcoran is an accounting major and is part of a swimming legacy which includes much of her family. She brought her passion to the college and, this week, shared it with The Quadrangle.
The Quadrangle: How did you first get into swimming and diving?
Audrey Corcoran: My mom actually swam when she was younger, and then she ended up swimming through college, too, for [University of Massachusetts]. And so I think with her, her whole family swam, and then I swam, all my sisters swam, my cousins swam, so it’s just kind of a family thing.
TQ: What brought you to MC?
AC: I loved the fact that Manhattan College still had the traditional campus feeling but it was so close to the city, so that really had an appeal for me.
TQ: What do you like to do outside of swimming and diving?
AC: That’s a tough one. I don’t really have much time for anything else. I really like going to the city, trying out new restaurants…exploring. I’m really into movies; watching Netflix definitely is a big one.
TQ: Describe a typical day when your sport is in season.
AC: Usually I have practice at 6:00 a.m., so I’m up at like 5:15 a.m. I head over to the pool. We have practice usually 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. I try to have my classes in the morning so I get them done, so I usually go to class right after practice. I work in the Athletic Trainers Office as a work-study student, so I’m usually working there a few hours a day. And then I also lifeguard at [Ethical Culture Fieldston School] up the street, which is where we swim at, so sometimes I’m there, too. And then, in between all that, I’m usually with friends at Cafe  or Locke’s. Sometimes we have lifting, depending on the day, so I’m there for like an hour. And then, also, we always end the day with a night practice from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It’s a long day.
TQ: I know that the swim team recently had a trip to Malibu. Could you touch on that?
AC: We were there for a week. We were in Malibu, we swam twice a day for two hours, so it was really tough. We also did dry-land practices with the diving coach…It was really tough, but I think the team did really well. We trained really hard and I can already tell we’re in really great shape, probably our best shape for a really long time. But we also did a lot of fun things, too. We went surfing on the last day, which was really fun. We went bowling one of the days. We went paddleboarding on another day. We just kind of explored Malibu and it was really fun.
TQ: What have you learned in your time swimming and diving here at MC?
AC: I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is time management, just because of the fact that I have to balance all of these activities between swimming and school. I think that with swimming, it really has helped prepare me for the future, and being able to juggle all those things, I think, is definitely a special skill.
TQ: What are your hopes for the team going forward?
AC: I really hope we have more final swimmers this year at MAACs; I’m really excited for MAACs. I think we’ll do really well. And I hope that we break some more records, that would be a lot of fun. And I think this year especially, we’ve seen a lot more swimmers come from all over. We have a girl from Florida, we just had a kid from South Africa, so I really want us to start expanding and get new, even better people.