50 Years, 50 Titans: Katie Hufnagel

Posted by Heather Scibetta on Mar 11 2021 at 05:03AM PST

Time to introduce you to another past swimmer and current member of our Titans family, Katie Hufnagel.

Katie started swimming with the Titans back in 1980, when the team was known as the Seahawks. This was before the AFC was built, so they all crammed into the pool at Ben Franklin School.

Katie grew up in the Town of Tonawanda so after the AFC opened she worked as a Lifeguard and Supervisor there. She attended Holy Angels Academy for high school where she, of course, was on the swim team. She continued her swim career into her college years at Canisius.

She never stopped her love of swim and continued to coach. She could be found coaching at many Neumann Catholic League teams such as Blessed Sacrament, St. John the Baptist, and St. Greg’s. Katie also coached for her alma mater, Holy Angels for 4 years.

Katie’s three children follow in her swimming footsteps. All are current Titans: Christopher is a senior going to Niagara. He first joined Titans in 2007, Megan in 2013 and Derek in 2017.

Fun Facts about Katie:

  • While coaching at Holy Angels, Katie first met Coach Scott while he did a quick coaching stint at Mount St. Mary Academy (Holy Angels rival)
  • Katie is still on the pool deck, you will always see her officiating at Titans meets as a USA Swimming Official.
  • Her favorite stroke is the Butterfly.
  • She was also a synchronized swimmer and continued on to coach the Town of Tonawanda Aquettes.
  • Her daughter Megan is the youngest Titans to ever to be in a USA swim meet at 4 years old and she did the 25 back.

Quick Q&A with Katie:

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?*
A: 1980

Q: What is your favorite Titan memory?*
A: Outdoor swim meets at Brighton and Lincoln.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?*
A: 200 Back

We are extremely grateful that Katie’s love for swimming and our club continues on as a current member of our Board of Directors. If you see us promoting a fundraiser or posting some fun trivia on social media, there is no doubt Katie is the one spinning the wheel.


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