Maria Soraghan
Maria Soraghan
Height: 5-10
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: East Hampstead, N.H.
High School: Pinkerton Academy
Major: International Relations and Economics

2017-18 Season: Named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year ... Tabbed the GNAC Rookie of the Week a league-high six times ... Chosen to the North England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association All-Academic Team ... Earned All-NEISDA status in five different events at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship in February, including all three individual events she entered ... Won the NEISDA gold medal in the 200-yard freestyle, while earning a silver medal in the 100-yard freestyle to go with a bronze-medal effort in the 500-yard freestyle with a personal-record time of 5:09.16 and helped the Sharks to wins in the 800-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relays ... Scored 233 points for the third-highest total on the team and turned in 24 top-three finishes, including 13 wins and suffered her only loss in the 50-yard freestyle at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championship against Division I, II and III swimmers ... Showed good range in the freestyle events, winning at distances of 100, 200, 500 and 1000 yards ... Racked up 74 points to tie for the highest total at the GNAC Championship in early December, while posting personal-best times of 24.70 and 53.60 to capture the GNAC Championship in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, respectively, and also added second-place showings in the 200-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke with respective personal-record times of 1:55.85 and 28.61 ... Made her collegiate debut by winning the 200-yard freestyle and finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle vs. Westfield State University on October 21 ... Won the 50-yard backstroke and the 500-yard freestyle in a double-dual meet with Western New England University and Saint Joseph's College (Maine) on January 20.

High School/Personal: Graduated from Pinkerton Academy ... Swam for SOLO Aquatics for seven years ... Qualified for the EZ North Speedo Short Course Sectionals ... Member of National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society at PA ... Named a New Hampshire Scholar at Pinkerton Academy ... Member of Mock Trial, Destination Imagination and the Pinkerton and Little Students Academy Mentor Program at PA ... Member of Youth Group and serves as a Volunteer Sunday School Teacher ... Born June 2, 1999 ... Daughter of John and Laura Soraghan ... Majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Spanish at Simmons ... Accepted to Simmons as a Kotzen Scholar and Honors Student ... Enjoys playing the piano.