Madelyn Moore suffers minor injury setback ahead of Fina World Short Course Championships debut
Madelyn Moore is battling to shrug off a sprained wrist ahead of the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi.
The 20-year-old Bermudian swimmer suffered the injury setback while working out in the gym in preparation for her debut at the championships which will be held from December 16 to 21.
“Unfortunately I had a bit of an incident in the weight room which caused me to sprain my wrist,” Moore told The Royal Gazette. “So I have kind of been battling with that; training the best I can without doing further damage to it.
“Obviously we are doing the best that we can, me and my coach Lisa Ebeling, and things are still going well.”
The event will be held at the Etihad Arena where Moore is scheduled to compete in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle, 50 metres backstroke and 50 metres butterfly.
“I have not raced short course metres in about five years so I’m excited to get back into short course because it’s been awhile,” she added.
“This is my first time doing a World Short Course Championships. I have been to World Long Course Championships in South Korea, which was an awesome experience. So I am definitely ready to hopefully be knocking on the door to some semi-finals.”
Moore will test her skills against the world’s elite and is excited to compete at this level.
“The level of competition is obviously going to be very fierce,” she said. “There are going to be some world record holders there, very fast people.
“But I am just focusing on my race process of what I am going to do, not too much on what everyone else is doing.
“I am very excited for this; I feel like I have been waiting since the summer to kind of get back into international competition. So I am very excited to get a World Short Course Championships under my belt.”
The University of Northern Colorado senior has enjoyed considerable success this year having produced a string of victories, personal best times and school and national records, while competing for her school.
She is the reigning Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year and has twice earned conference swimmer of the week accolades for the 2021-22 season.
Moore has also thrived on the international scene this year having earned gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle and 50 and 100 metres butterfly at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico in June.
Her time of 27.12 in the 50 metres butterfly was a meet record and personal best.
She also set two national records and equalled another competing for her school at the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas Tokyo Qualifier in Orlando, Florida in May.
Moore broke Kiera Aitken’s 12-year-old national record in the 100 metres freestyle, lowered her own national mark 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.
The University of Colorado captain is heading into the World Short Course Championships with momentum having thrived competing for her school at the Mid-Season Invitational at Dixie State University in St George, Utah last month.
Moore slashed three tenths of a second off her own school record on the way to winning the 50m freestyle “A” final in a new personal best time of 22.20 seconds, which also secured her an NCAA “B” cut time.
She also lowered her time and her own school record on the way to victory in the 100m freestyle in 49.17 and also established new school records and new personal best times in the 100m butterfly, 54:15 and 200m freestyle, 1:49.79 respectively.
The phenomenal display exceeded Moore’s expectations and done her confidence the world of good as she shifts her focus to the World Short Course Championships.
“My Mid-Season Invitational Meet went really well, better than expected,” she said. “So that’s definitely given me some confidence going into this meet and I am excited to see what I can do.”