Madelyn Moore ups the ante with more records at conference championships
Madelyn Moore enhanced her chances of competing at the NCAA Championships with another record-breaking display at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, which concluded in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
The University of Northern Colorado senior and captain set three school records as well as a meet record on the way to winning gold medals in the 50 metres freestyle, 100 back stroke and 100 freestyle in what was her final appearance at the conference championships.
Her time of 22.17sec in the 50 free lowered her own school record and is also a meet record.
She also lowered her school record in the 100 free after touching the wall in 49.10, while her time of 53.14 in the 100 back is also a school record.
Moore’s times in the 100 back and 100 free met the NCCA “B” cut, which she has met three times, having already done so in the 50 free going into the meet.
The 21-year-old awaits other results from around the United States that will ultimately determine whether she competes at the national championships to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 16 to 19.
Moore also enjoyed success with her team-mates in the relay, winning gold in the 400 medley relay and silver in the 200 freestyle relay.
Her team’s time of 3min 38.40sec in the 400 medley relay and 1:30.32 in the 200 freestyle were both school records.
Overall, Moore and her University of Northern Colorado team-mates finished third at the conference championships with its highest-ever point total at 530.5, much to the delight of head coach Lisa Ebeling.
“There are no words to describe the way our team came together this year,” she told the school’s website. “They worked hard all year to create a culture of excellence in a team-first environment that lead to an historic season.
“On the year we have 109 lifetime best times, nine NCAA qualifying standards, 45 swims qualified for the CSCAA National Championship, 53 swims in the top time all-time UNC performances list, and 15 school-record performances.”
Ebeling, who accompanied Moore on her debut at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi in December, attributed the team’s success largely to the resilience and character they demonstrated in the pool.
“I've never been a part of a team effort this impressive and our results are a huge testament to the resilience and character of our women,” she added. “They are a special group and I'm incredibly fortunate to work with them. I am so excited for the future of this programme!”