AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn swimmer Maggie Bowen-Hanna was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Bowen-Hanna swam at Auburn from 1999-2003 and was named the SEC Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She was a 21-time All-American, a nine-time NCAA champion and a 16-time SEC champion. She led the Tigers to back-to-back NCAA team championships, including Auburn’s first women’s national championship in any sport in 2002.
In 2001, Bowen-Hanna became Auburn swimming’s first female World Champion with a victory in the 200 IM at the 2001 FINA World Championships.
Reflecting on her time at Auburn while attending the NCAA Women’s Championships in March, Bowen-Hanna said the thing she remembers most is “winning.”
“That was the most memorable part,” she said. “It was just the best time. Working so hard together for a goal, feeling so purposeful. You had a lot of faith in your teammates and trust and camaraderie. It was great. The glory years.”
Bowen-Hanna was inducted into the Auburn S&D Hall of Fame in 2013.