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Record breaker: Madelyn Moore

Madelyn Moore was in record-breaking form during the opening day of the Mid-Season Invitational at Dixie State University in St George, Utah, on Thursday.

The University of Northern Colorado captain slashed three tenths of a second off her own school record on the way to winning the 50 metres freestyle “A” final in 22.20 sec which also secured her an NCAA “B” cut time.

The Bermudian swimmer came to within two tenths of equalling her previous record of 22.50 on the way to victory in the preliminary heat.

Moore, the reigning Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, was also a member of her school’s 200 metres freestyle relay team whose time of 1:31.39 was just seven tenths of a second shy of a school record.

She also competed in the 400 medley relay that her team won in a convincing time of 3:41.86 which also flirted with another school record.

“I am incredibly proud of our team, “Lisa Ebeling, the University of Northern Colorado head coach, said on the school’s website.” After a morning of ups and downs, the girls showed up to finals on an absolute mission.

“We are walking away from day one with 20 lifetime best times, three NIC qualifying times and a school record from Maddy’s 50 free.

“Everyone stepped up to support one another and the energy was electric. I am excited to watch our women keep the momentum rolling.”

The three-day swim meet concludes today.

Moore, who is in her senior year at the University of Northern Colorado, has made a flying start to the 2021-22.

She achieved a phenomenal seven wins at the season opening Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction to earn WAC Swimmer of the Week accolades.

Moore then played an integral role in helping her school to victory over WAC rival Idaho, winning the 50 and 100 metres freestyle events and anchoring her team to victory in the 200 medley and 400 metres freestyle relay.

That outstanding performance earned her WAC Swimmer of the Week accolades for the second time this season.

“Maddy has worked incredibly hard in and out of the pool to get where she is,” Ebeling said. “Her attention to detail is among the best and her confidence continues to grow each day.”

Moore is showing encouraging signs in the lead up to her commitment at the 15th Fina World Short-Course Championships to be held in Abu Dhabi from December 16 to 21.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be representing Bermuda at the Short Course Worlds this December,” she said. “Lisa [Ebeling] and I have been really working on fine-tuning some technical aspects of my strokes and endurance.

“I've never been so confident heading into a meet and I'm very excited to get back to international competition.”

Ebeling, who has helped Moore break three individual records and coached her to four more record-breaking efforts in relays, has been selected as Bermuda’s coach and will accompany the swimmer to the championships in Abu Dubai next month.

“It is an absolute honour for me to represent Team Bermuda as a coach at the World Championships and I'm excited to share in this special experience with Maddy," Ebeling said.

Moore thrived at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico in June.

She won gold medals in the 18 and over 50 and 100 metres freestyle and 50 and 100 metres butterfly events to underline her enormous potential.

The 20-year-old also set two national records and equalled another competing for school at the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas Tokyo Qualifier in Orlando, Florida in May.

She broke Kiera Aitken’s 12-year-old national record in the 100 metres freestyle, lowered her own national record in the 50 metres butterfly and equalled the national record in the 50 metres freestyle which she has since claimed outright.

In all, Moore holds four individual national records and was a member of Bermuda’s team that holds the 4x100 metres freestyle relay record.

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Published November 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm (Updated November 22, 2021 at 8:01 am)

Record-breaking Madelyn Moore makes a splash in Utah

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