Pat Mulligan is now 'Patsanity'
In late February, 2011, Pat Mulligan was not with the majority of his teammates in Buffalo, NY competing in the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The 6'3" junior did not make the championship squad after falling ill late in the season and performing under-par in the last few meets. Mulligan’s high hopes of making the A 10 Team for the first time in his Fordham career were splashed away.
It is amazing how much difference a year makes.
Deciding to use his disappointment as motivation, Mulligan stuck with the team, trained harder than ever before, and finally reached his goal of making the championship team and having the privilege to compete in Buffalo. Only this time Pat was not there to simply be a bystander; he wanted to leave his mark in his first, and last, appearance at the meet.
And he did just that. In only one year, Pat Mulligan went from not being able to make the championship team to becoming an integral part of it. He was put on Fordham’s 200 Freestyle relay; a relay that had a legit shot at winning the meet. Seeded third, but only half a second behind the top opponent, Fordham was able to defy the odds and win the 200 yard Freestyle relay in a blazingly fast and new school record of 1:21.68.
Of course, Mulligan could not have won the event by himself. Junior Devon Morris had a superb lead-off leg (20.44) that gave Fordham clean water to work with for the rest of the race. Freshman stand-out Pat Militti dove in next and swam a 20.75 to keep Fordham in contention. It was then Mulligan’s turn, and he churned out a 20.30 split to keep Fordham only .06 behind the top team, St. Louis. Sophomore Shintaro Noguchi dove in behind the St. Louis anchor, and finished ahead of him thanks to a quick 20.19 split.
It might not garner as much attention as Jeremy Lin of the Knicks, and “Patsanity” does not have the same ring as “Linsanity”, but Pat Mulligan has experienced a similar climb from the bottom of the depths to now the top of the world.
• Junior Brie Ryan continued her great meet as she won the 50 yard Freestyle for the first time in her career in a 23.18, which breaks her record from last year.
• The speedy junior Devon Morris had a great day as well as he not only shattered the school’s record in the 50 yard Freestyle, but set a new Atlantic Ten Conference Record by swimming a 20.28. Morris just edged out the old record by .01.
• Fordham continues to do well in Distance events as Kara Field took fourth in the 500 freestyle with a 4:55.46.
• Senior Courtney Collyer took second in the 200 yard Individual Medley and set a school record with the time of 2:02.59.