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Madelyn Moore named among the Central American and Caribbean’s elite

Madelyn Moore has been recognised among the elite swimmers in the Central American and Caribbean region. (Photograph University of Northern Colorado).

Madelyn Moore received another huge confidence boost after being recognised as one of the Central American and Caribbean region’s elite swimmers.

The Bermudian earned an honourable mention in Swim Swam’s annual awards in acknowledgement of a phenomenal campaign last year which saw her produce a string of victories, personal best times and school and national records while competing for the University of Northern Colorado and Bermuda.

The 21-year-old stamped her authority at the 2021 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico, where she secured gold medals in the 18 and over 50 and 100 metres freestyle and 50 and 100 metres butterfly events respectively.

Moore’s winning time of 1min 2.21secs in the 100 butterfly was a personal best and Bermuda national record. Her time of 27:12 on the way to victory in the 50 butterfly was also a personal bests, both meet and Bermuda records, and qualified her for the B standard for the 2022 FINA World Championships in Japan.

The University of Northern Colorado senior’s winning time of 25:77 in the 50 freestyle was also a personal best and new Bermuda record.

She also set two national records and equalled another competing for school at the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas Tokyo Qualifier in Orlando, Florida.

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

Moore also dominated competing for her school during the 2020-21 campaign.

She won gold in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Air Force Quad Meet hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to help her university clinch state honours.

The Olympic hopeful also won gold medals in the 50 freestyle and 4 x 100 freestyle relay and also broke her school’s record in the 100 backstroke twice during the same session at the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Dixie State University.

Moore now holds the pool records in the 50 and 100 freestyle at Dixie State, while her time of 48:04 in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay was the fastest split in the WAC in the past decade.

Those outstanding performances earned the swimmer the WAC Female Swimmer of the Year award.

In all, Moore holds school records in the 50 freestyle (22:20), 100 freestyle (49:17), 100 backstroke (54:10) and 100 butterfly (54:15).

She is also a member of her school’s relay team that holds records in the 200 medley (1:40.66), 400 medley (3:41.41), 200 freestyle (1:31.32) and 400 freestyle (3:20.45) respectively.

The University of Northern Colorado swimming team captain has picked up where she left off last season having already achieved a string of victories, earned conference swimmer of the week accolades three-times and secured an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 50 yard freestyle during the 2021-22 campaign.

Moore made her debut at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi last month, where she lowered the Bermuda record in the 50 short course meters freestyle with a time of 25.15 to finish 31st among the 89 qualifiers.

She also competed in the 100 metres freestyle, covering the distance in 55:72 seconds, to finish 40th among the overall 85 qualifiers.

Moore and her UNC team-mates were scheduled to compete at the tri-meet at Air Force this weekend but have withdrawn due to Covid-19 protocols.

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Published January 07, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated January 07, 2022 at 7:53 am)

Madelyn Moore named among the Central American and Caribbean’s elite

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