Passages: Maureen “Mo” Rankin Loses Battle To Cancer – Swimming World News
It is with deep sadness that Swimming World has learned of the passing of Maureen “Mo” Rankin. In December of 2016 doctors discovered a tumor in her bladder. She underwent surgery and began chemotherapy in early 2017 to combat the cancer. However, this morning on September 25th Maureen lost her valiant battle with cancer.Maureen was born in New York and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon where she swam for the Mulnomah Athletic Club and St. Mary’s Academy. From the age of 11 on she was a USA Swimming National Age Group top 16 swimmer and a multiple Oregon State High School Swimming champion and state record holder. In 1988, she was named Oregon Swimming Female Swimmer of the Year by coaches. Following her graduation from St. Mary’s Academy, Maureen received a full athletic scholarship to swim for the University of Arizona Wildcats under the guidance of esteemed coach Frank Busch. She became a nine-time All-American, was a member of the USA Swimming Junior National team, and was a finalist at the USA Swimming Senior Nationals, NCAA Division I Championships, and the USA Swimming Olympic Trials.