McGuigan is the lone boy on the Phantoms swimming team, whose home site is the Phoenixville Area YMCA on Pothouse Road.

McGuigan swam the 200 IM, 100 freestyle and 100 breast stroke during Wednesday afternoon's meet against Upper Perkiomen. He considers the 100 breast his best event with a time of 1:04 last year.

"I am not down to that this year, but I will get there," said McGuigan, who is The Phoenix Male Athlete of the Week.

McGuigan had a first- and second-place finish against the Indians for 10 points. He continues to persevere, working under the leadership of coach Scott Donnelly, while spending time at the pool with a large contingent of Phoenixville girl swimmers.

"Being the only one is a bummer," McGuigan said. "But I have been swimming competitively since I was 6 years old. This is my 12th year since I started baby swim lessons."

The 5-foot-11, 173-pound McGuigan makes the short hike from the high school on Gay Street and City Line Avenue to the YMCA.

"This is convenient, but it would be nice to have a pool at the school," McGuigan said. "There is no reason now since the Y is so close. But with a pool in the school, the gym classes can use it, like at Owen J. Roberts."

Despite not having an official team, Phoenixville has boasted numerous standout swimmers over the years who have succeeded as individuals. McGuigan fits into that category.

McGuigan used to participate in baseball and roller hockey, but now swimming is his primary endeavor.

"I have had a lot of coaches throughout the years," he said. "I started with Joe Cushing a long time ago. He left five years ago. There have been some new people, which is tough. Scott Donnelly has done a good job spending time with the school team and YMCA."

McGuigan has done some weightlifting to increase his strength and conditioning. But he does not want to bulk up too much because it would slow him down in the water.

McGuigan would like to continue swimming in college next year. He is looking at Albright, Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown, all of which have good academics and a swimming squad. He plans to study science or education.

"Dan's doing well," Donnelly said. "He is a senior and is sticking to his guns, which is hard to do."

As his senior project, McGuigan organized the recent swim meet for disabled children. Eleven children from Variety Club, Germantown Academy and Children's Specialized Hospital participated.

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