MHMA senior Mallory Panchot signed her letter of intent to swim at the University of Saint Mary Wednesday May 8.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy swimmer Mallory Panchot signed her letter of intent earlier this month to continue her swimming career at the University of Saint Mary.

Panchot has been a four-year swimmer with the Ravens and was even a captain this previous season.

Panchot said the choice was pretty simply once the opportunity presented itself to her.

“I’ve been swimming since I was little so when the opportunity came about I thought why not take it?” Panchot said. “I’m really excited to see what coach David Bresser can teach me to make me a better swimmer.”

Raven swim coach Kelly Elias said she’s enjoyed watching Pachot grow into the type of swimmer and leader she is now.

“I’ve had Mallory for four years so it was quite a joy,” Elias said. “I’ve seen her since she was probably twelve years old when she swam for my mom. I’ve seen her grow, mature and be able to lead the team by being a captain.”

This is the first time in Elias’ coaching tenure with MHMA that her program will have two swimmers continue to compete at the next level.

“It’s unusual to have two of them swim in college so this is pretty exciting,” Elias said. “The fact that they are going to the same college that is close by is pretty fun for me.”

Panchot said the close proximity and faith of USM were factors that went into her decision.

“I like the fact that it’s close and that it’s a Catholic school,” Panchot said. “I’ve been in a Catholic school since I was in preschool, so the idea of having God in my life still pushed me to go there.”

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