Top Mansfield High swimmer to compete at coach’s college

05/19/2014 10:33 AM

05/19/2014 10:33 AM

Cameron Haggerty has accomplished a few things in his time as a member of the Mansfield swim team, and it recently paid off for him in a big way.

The Mansfield High School senior signed with Henderson State University to swim at the collegiate level on an athletic scholarship.

Haggerty, a six-time district champion in three different events, has been an anchor on the Mansfield swim team for four years now, and coach Matt Bold said he will most certainly be missed.

“He has been a four-year varsity letterman, and he has been able to swim in several different events for us throughout his career,” Bold said. “He has been an awesome swimmer for us.”

Haggerty said swimming for the Mansfield program has meant a lot to him and said a big part of it has been Bold himself.

“I started swimming at Mansfield the first year that Coach Bold got there,” Haggerty said. “For me, it is kind of cool that I get to start with a coach who just started and kind of get to see each other grow and change and adapt. It doesn't happen very often that your first year to swim in high school is also the year that your coach is a first-year coach.”

Haggerty was district champion in 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly in his time at Mansfield High School in multiple seasons.

The Mansfield swimmer said he hopes he will be remembered by his teammates for a couple of things.

“I would like to be remembered as a swimmer who always came in with a great attitude,” Haggerty said. “Who was always encouraging others to do their best and try their hardest.”

Haggerty said that his decision to attend Henderson State was based on a couple of factors.

“My coach went there,” Haggerty said. “I went up there to the campus, and it was beautiful. They offered me a great scholarship. The coach there was awesome. It is a great program, great facility and great school. It's hands-down where I wanted to go.”

Bold said that he believes Henderson State will be a great fit for Haggerty.

“I think this will be a good place for him,” Bold said. “It's a Division 2 school, and I think it he will fit in very well with the rest of the roster that is out there. It will also give him the chance to fight to be on some of the relays as a freshman.”

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