Monument's Maeve Wilber is All-Eagle Girls Swimming MVP
Maeve Wilber has some pretty good role models to look up to.
In addition to her parents and family, the success of former Monument Mountain swimmers Whitney and Maggie Rosenbaum has helped push Wilber to be an outstanding swimmer.
"They're such great people. I look up to them now," said Wilber. "I want to be like [Maggie Rosenbaum]."
Wilber took a second step toward that goal this year by earning the All-Eagle girls swimming most valuable player honor.
A year ago, Wilber made the All-Eagle team as a freshman by finishing sixth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley at the 2012 Western Mass. swim meet. She was one of two swimmers from Berkshire County to claim a pair of top-10 finishes a year ago.
She capped off her sophomore season with a pair of top-10 finishes at the state championships. Her time in the 200 IM was 2 minutes, 14.59 seconds, which was four seconds faster than her personal best in the event.
"All season we focused on her splits for the IM, especially the breaststroke, which was key to her phenomenal swim at the state meet," Monument coach Jill Svirida said.
It would be fair to say that swimming success has come quickly for Wilber. It would not be fair to say that for anyone, swimming success comes easily.
Even Wilber said she was somewhat surprised at the rapid nature of her success.
"I knew I was going to do pretty well," she said. "I didn't think it would turn out as it has.
"Going into high school swimming, I knew it wasn't like my YMCA swimming."
Svirida said that Wilber challenges herself in workouts to get "faster and stronger," but is also a swimmer that pays attention to technique and stroke work.
One thing Wilber said she noted from Maggie Rosenbaum was the Hamilton College All-American's work ethic. Wilber said she recalled that Rosenbaum would do double practices while in high school, both before school and during the team practices.
Wilber has a pool at her home and is able to do workouts, along with her work at Monument during the season and with the Westfield YMCA swim team.
That experience has helped Wilber swim to the top of the charts.
"She is a notably strong backstroker, but always willing and able to swim any of the strokes and distances," said her coach.
Wilber has two more seasons to capture an elusive gold medal at either the Western Mass. or state meets. That's her goal.
It's also her goal to keep improving.
"When I started, I pushed myself every practice to get the most out of it," said Wilber. "It helped make me a better teammate and swimmer."