Madelyn Moore inching closer to Olympic qualifying standard
Madelyn Moore believes her Olympic Games qualifying campaign is “on the right track” after an encouraging display at the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance East Elite Showcase Classic in St Petersburg, Florida.
The University of Northern Colorado junior missed out on the B qualifying standard in the 50 metres freestyle half a second competing on the long course at the North Shore Aquatic Complex.
However, she was encouraged with her time of 26.1sec and remains confident that she can go faster and reach the qualifying standard of 25.50 to punch her ticket for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I went in 26.1 and that is the fastest that I have been since 2018, so I was really happy with that,” Moore said.
“I know I made a few mistakes. But for it being my second long-course swim in two years I was really happy with that, especially knowing that I will be going back to Florida in a month and will be able to correct those mistakes.”
Moore will get another shot at the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas Tokyo Qualifier at the Orlando Health National Training Centre in Florida from April 29 to May 2.
“I’m just excited to get back to Florida and try again, and confident that I can achieve my goal because I’m on the right track with where my times are going,” she added.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed for the first time in event’s history. The Games will now be held from July 23 to April 8.
Meanwhile, despite falling short of her primary objective, Moore exceeded her overall expectations, having won the 50 metres backstroke event and established two personal-best times.
She set PBs in the 50 metres backstroke (29:48) and 100 metres freestyle (57:22) and narrowly missed out on lowering her time in the 50 metres butterfly.
“It was a really good meet,” Moore added. “I made the senior ‘A’ final in all the events I did and I think I did better than I expected to do for my first-long course meet in, like, two years.
“I ended up winning the 50 back and dropped half a second from my original personal-best time (30:09) for the 50 back. I went in 29:48, which I think is pretty awesome.
“My PB before in the 100 freestyle was 58:00 flat and I went 57:22, so I was very happy with that swim.
“My first day I had the 50 fly and I was close to my PB. My PB in the 50 fly is 27:06 and I went in 27.09, so I wasn’t too far off it. I was like three hundredths of a second off it and I don’t really train for the fly, so I was quite happy with that.
“I was just excited for it being my first long-course meet in two years and happy that I had surpassed some PBs that I have been sitting on a few years.”