Meghan Hawthorne ’10 was a record breaking swimmer for Chaminade. She won titles in the 100 butterfly (2010) and 500 yard freestyle (2008). In 2010, she broke the CIF-SS D1 record for the 200 individual medley (IM) with a time of 1:58.74 broke the. In 2009, she received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete. In both 2008 and 2010, Meghan was named L.A. Daily News Swimmer of the Year. She also competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials, and was a member of the U.S. National Youth Team from 2008-2010.
Meghan’s swimming career continued at the University of Southern California. A two-time All-American over her four years at USC (2011-14), she earned the honors with top-eight national finishes in the 200 IM (2012-13). She was also a two-time All-America honorable mention in the 400 IM (2012-13). Meghan reached the finals seven times at the Pac-12 Championships, topping out with fourth-place in the 400 IM. USC finished in the top six of the NCAA team standings in each of her four years in Troy, with consecutive third-place finishes from 2011-12. In her senior year, she was named captain of the 2013-2014 team.
Meghan was a USA Swimming National Team member from 2012-14, and in 2012 once again competed in the Olympic Trials. She reached the final of the 400 IM but finished sixth, just missing a spot in London. She would go on to earn a silver medal in the same event for the United States at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
After her final event at the NCAA Championship, Meghan decided to hang up her goggles and officially retired from the sport. Meghan graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a minor in Occupational Therapy. Currently, she is in her second season as the Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach for Boise State University where she guided the Broncos to a second-place finish at the 2016 Mountain West Championships.