Record-breaking Madelyn Moore claims gold at championships
Madelyn Moore, the University of Northern Colorado captain, led by example as she stamped her authority competing at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Houston, Texas, on Thursday.
The Bermudian senior lowered her own school record and also set a meet record after touching the wall in the 50 metres freestyle in 22.17sec.
“I lowered my own school record by three one-hundredths and broke the meet record, which was awesome,” Moore said. “I was just super happy and excited.
“I went to see Lisa Ebeling my coach and she was so proud of me. She was almost in tears and it was a really fun moment.”Moore received a massive confidence boost after producing a split time of 21.51 as she and team-mates Saana Liikonen, Payten Irwin and Ali Jackson set a new school record of 1min 30.32sec on the way to claiming silver in the 200 freestyle relay.
“I anchored the 4x50 freestyle relay and my split was a 21.51, which I think I was probably most excited for,” Moore added.
“It was the second time I broke the 22 second-barrier in a relay split, so that kind of gave me the confidence going into my individual race at the end of the session.”
Sophomore Katelyn Bergin claimed her school’s third medal of the day after clinching bronze in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:01.84.
“Unbelievable efforts from our team,” head coach Ebeling told the school’s website. “I’m so proud of the resilience our women showed to come back after a disappointing start yesterday [Wednesday].
“We have great momentum going into some of our strongest races and I’m excited for some more great swimming ahead."
Moore is enjoying another strong season competing for her school having also achieved a string of victories and earned conference swimmer of the week accolades three times.
She remains on course to become the first swimmer from her school to compete at the NCAA Championships, having already secured a “B” cut in the 50-yard freestyle.
The national championships will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 16 to 19.
Moore, the 2020-21 WAC Female Swimmer of the Year, has also thrived competing internationally over the past year.
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 respectivly.
Moore’s winning time in the 100 butterfly of 1:2.21 and 50 freestyle (25.77) were personal bests and Bermuda 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.
More recently, she made her debut at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi last December, when she lowered the Bermuda short-course record in the 50 metres freestyle with a time of 25.15.
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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