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Madelyn Moore eyes historic appearance at NCAA Championships

Madelyn Moore

Madelyn Moore hopes all of the hard work she has put in this season culminates with an historic appearance at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

The University of Northern Colorado senior and team captain is on course to become the first swimmer from her school to compete at the event having already secured an NCAA “B” cut in the 50-yard freestyle.

“As of right now I’m still in the running for the NCAA, so hopefully I’ll be the first swimmer from the University of Northern Colorado to attend NCAA Championships,” Moore told The Royal Gazette. “That would be super exciting because I’ve definitely worked really hard towards that.”

The NCCA Championships will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 16 to 19.

Prior to then Moore will make her final appearance at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Houston, Texas from February 23 to 26.

“I’ll have the WAC championships end of February, so I’m really looking forward to that,” she added.

Moore and her UNC team-mates were scheduled to compete at the tri-meet at US Air Force Academy in Colorado from January 7 to 8 but withdrew because of Covid-19 protocols.

They are scheduled to face Colorado State University in their next outing in Greeley, Colorado on January 29.

Also on Moore’s itinerary is the 2022 Fina World Championships in Japan having achieved the B standard in the 50 butterfly at the 2021 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico.

“That is just going to be an unbelievable meet to go to,” she said. “Obviously it’s going to be my second world course World Championships, so definitely looking for better results than I did at the previous one.

“I am still working really hard towards that and really excited to see what I can do.”

Moore is enjoying another phenomenal season competing for her school having also achieved a string of victories and earned conference swimmer of the week accolades three-times.

The 2020-21 WAC Female Swimmer of the Year is fresh off 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 seconds.

“I didn’t honestly realise it was a national record,” she said. “I think the previous record was a 25.7, and I went in 25.1, so I was definitely happy with that time.

“I did want to go sub 25 but that will happen very soon. But I was definitely happy with that.”

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 national records are coming together so I’m starting to collect a little bit and I’m very happy,” she added.

The Bermudian was recently recognised as one of the Central American and Caribbean region’s elite swimmers.

Moore 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.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” she said. “When I saw my name I was ecstatic.“That was really unexpected honestly and so I’m very proud of myself for what I have achieved so far.”

The 21-year-old stamped her authority at the 2021 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships, 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 in the 100 butterfly of 1min 2.21secs and 50 freestyle (25:77) were personal bests and Bermuda national records.

Her time of 27:12 on the way to victory in the 50 butterfly was also a personal best as well as both meet and Bermuda records.

She also 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.

She has since claimed the latter record outright, competing for her school at the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas Tokyo Qualifier in Orlando, Florida.

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Published January 15, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated January 15, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Madelyn Moore eyes historic appearance at NCAA Championships

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