Swimming is a sport that gets right to the point. The swimmer with the fastest time wins. And the swimmer with the historically fastest time gets his or her name on the natatorium wall. It’s as simple as that.
So let’s skip right to the point on Connor Mergler, who just wrapped up his prolific Buffalo State swimming career with these credits:g Six-time All-American g 10-time SUNYAC Championg Two-time SUNYAC Male Swimmer of the Yearg Nine school recordsMost decorated swimmer in school history? Yes. His name is all over the Kissinger Pool wall. One of the greatest Buffalo State athletes of all time? You’ll have to look at another wall—the Buffalo State Hall of Fame wall—in a few years for the answer to that question.
On Building a Program
“As far as accomplishments go, I’m proud of my records, but I’m even more proud of helping make a name for Buffalo State swimming. The team is growing, and now we’ve been on the national stage [at the NCAA National Championships]. I really hope that notoriety helps the program continue to get better every year.”
On His Secrets to Success
“The first thing was just getting the hang of balancing school work and swimming. I consistently put in three to five hours per day of training—I think it came out to like 3,000 hours over my four years here. I figured out how to schedule and plan my time so that I could do my schoolwork well and still swim.”
On His Support System
“My parents and sister [Kaitlin Mergler, ’13,] who swam for Buffalo State and holds six school records of her own and girlfriend—and the entire Buffalo State swim program—have really made me who I am today. I’ve learned that the time you put into something is really what you get out of it. In my sophomore year, I realized that I could be an All-American-level swimmer, but only if I worked hard for it.”