Introduction of Mauren Bobbin (Monahan), presented by Jess Lee, Class fo 2018 and Women's Swimming Team member
On the outside, Maureen Bobbin has been described as mild mannered. On the inside – especially when she was on a starting block about to begin a swimming race – she had a competitive fire that few could match.
Maureen Bobbin, formerly Maureen Monahan, completely dominated the New England Division III women’s swimming scene for four years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was a 12-time New England champion. She also earned All-American honors in each of her four seasons at Tufts, highlighted by a third-place finish in the NCAA 200 freestyle in 1989.
“Quiet determination is a good way to describe Maureen,” said Bobbin’s coach Nancy Bigelow. “Without a doubt, she is the fiercest competitor I have ever coached. It didn’t matter the event or distance, she just loved to race!”
Maureen led the undefeated 1988-89 team to a 10-0 dual meet mark and the New England championship. She had an incredible work ethic and love for her teammates, and she simply didn’t know how to lose….at anything. In fact, as one story goes, the 110-pound Maureen once won a charity pizza-eating contest hosted by a Tufts fraternity, out-eating several football student-athletes in the process!
In the pool, Maureen won two or more titles every year at the New England Championships, but in 1988, she won and set meet records individually in the 200, the 500 and the 1,650 freestyles. And at that same meet, she swam on the 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams that also won and set meet records. In four years at the New England Championships, Maureen was the highest point scorer twice and the second highest point scorer twice.
At one point in time, Maureen held seven different school records, and she still holds Top 10 times in six of those events. This achievement is even more remarkable when one considers the incredible advances in swimming apparel and equipment in the 25 years since Maureen swam for the Jumbos. To put it into perspective, the 5:01.70 time that Maureen swam in the 500 freestyle in 1989 – which is still #2 at Tufts all-time - would have earned her a 4th place at the NESCAC meet and earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championship THIS season.
Both Maureen and her sister Julie swam at Tufts and led their teams as captains, and both have been great friends to the University ever since.