Madelyn Moore proud of record-breaking exploits at college regional championships
Madelyn Moore has summed up her phenomenal display competing at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Houston, Texas, at the weekend as an overwhelming success.
Leading by example, the University of Northern Colorado senior and captain achieved multiple records and personal best times on the way to victory in the 50 metres freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.
Her time of 22.17sec in the 50 free lowered her own school record and is also a meet record and personal best.
She also lowered her school record and personal best in the 100m free after touching the wall in 49.10, while her time of 53.14 in the 100m backstroke is also a school record and personal best.
“After the 50 free I had the 100 back and I knew that I wanted to break the 54 barrier because my PB before was a 54.1,” Moore told The Royal Gazette.
“I had my race plan in my head and was like ‘you know it’s going to hurt, so you might as well just do everything you can to get under the 54 mark’.”
The Bermudian proved equal to the task with a blistering time which exceeded her expectations.
“When I touched the wall and saw 53.14 I was like ‘are you kidding me?’,” she added. “I just dropped a full second from my previous time.
“I almost broke the 53 second barrier and I think I was .2 off the WAC record, so I was honestly shocked. I wasn’t expecting it at all so that was pretty awesome.”
Moore had hoped to break the 48 second barrier in the 100m free but ultimately came up short.
“I started getting this cold and was a bit worried because on these long meets I tend to get run down pretty quickly with all the events that I am doing,” she said.
“I went into the morning swim just wanting to make it into the ‘A’ final and then come back for finals ready to go.
“I was definitely tired but was trying not to think about that because it was the last session and I wanted to go out with a bang.
“I was hoping to go a 48 and unfortunately that didn’t happen as I got a 49.10. But I can’t be upset with that at all because it was another school record and I got the gold.”
Moore’s times in the 100m back and 100m free met the NCCA “B” cut, which she has met three times, having already done so in the 50m free going into the meet.
She remains on course to become the first swimmer from her school to compete at the NCAA Championships to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 16 to 19.
The 21-year-old awaits other results from around the United States that will ultimately determine whether she competes at the event.
Meanwhile, Moore also enjoyed success with her team-mates in the relay in Texas at the weekend, winning gold in the 400m medley relay and silver in the 200m freestyle relay.
Her team’s time of 3:38.40 in the 400m medley relay and 1:30.32 in the 200m freestyle were both school records.
The University of Northern Colorado finished third overall at the conference championships with its highest-ever point total at 530.5.
“Overall, I was ecstatic with how the meet went,” Moore added. “I could not be more proud of myself or of my team because we did absolutely amazing.”
The swimmer is ranked No 1 in the Western Athletic Conference and eleventh among the Division 1 Mid-Major.
She was named as the 2020-21 WAC Female Swimmer of the Year and is enjoying another stellar season having achieved a string of victories and earned conference swimmer of the week accolades three times.