The best program in Rhode Island high school boys’ swimming history has also produced some of the best swimmers the state has ever seen.
None of them have been as good as Max Miranda.
A freshman at Hendricken this past year, Miranda shattered records left and right, earning three state titles in the process.
“Let’s put it this way – in all the years that I’ve been coaching, he’s the best swimmer I’ve ever dealt with,” said Hendricken head coach Dave Hanson.
Hanson’s perspective is about as good as it gets on the matter – he’s the only head coach in Hendricken swimming history.
But Miranda’s body of work speaks for itself. Though the team missed out on a state championship for the first time in 25 years, Miranda set the team record in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and then broke the program’s oldest record in the 200 individual medley.
He won the 200 and 100 freestyles at the state meet, setting a new state record in the 200 free. He swam anchor on the Hawks’ first-place 400 free relay team and was the lead swimmer on the their second place 200 medley relay.
And he’s just a freshman.
“I was just trying to have fun with the team,” Miranda said. “I know Hendricken has had a great swim team for the past number of years and Dave Hanson has been great a long time. I came in and I was hoping for a couple state titles. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but that was one of the goals I had in mind.”
An avid swimmer outside of high school for the Blue Fish Swim Club, there’s almost no telling just how good Miranda can be in the coming years.
“We’ve never had a high school All-American,” Hanson said. “As good as he is right now, he’s still not quite a high school All-American yet. That’s a realistic goal, to be the first swimmer at Hendricken to do that.”