Madelyn Moore bows out of World Short Course Championships on a promising note
Madelyn Moore signed off from the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi on a promising note today.
The Bermudian swimmer competed in the 50 metres freestyle and was encouraged by her showing in the pool at the Etihad Arena.
Moore touched the wall in 25:15 seconds to finish second in her qualifying heat and 31st among the overall 89 qualifiers respectively.
“I was definitely super happy with my 50 free today,” she told The Royal Gazette. “I was definitely hoping to break the 25:00 barrier, but it didn’t happen.
“To qualify for the semis, the time needed was like a 24:40 I think. The girl (Kalia Antoniou) who won in my heat went 24:67, so it’s a very select few that qualified for the semis. But we are going to get there.”
The University of Northern Colorado senior also competed in the 100 metres freestyle in her opening event on debut at the championships last Friday.
She covered the distance in 55:72 seconds to finish fifth in a field of ten in her qualifying heat and 40th among the overall 85 qualifiers.
“It’s been awesome here in Abu Dhabi,” Moore added.
“I’m super proud of myself and definitely excited about what is to come next summer at World Long Course Championships and the Commonwealth Games.”
The reigning Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year was also scheduled to compete in the 50 metres backstroke and 50 metres butterfly at the championships but was ultimately ruled out.
“I ended up only competing in the 50 and 100 freestyle,” Moore said.
“I qualified in an event so you get an extra event; I qualified for this meet in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle was my bonus event. So I couldn’t do those other two like I had originally planned unfortunately.”
The 21-year-old has enjoyed considerable success in the pool this year having produced a string of victories, personal best times and school and national records, while competing for her school and Bermuda.