16:08 SCY Miler Maddie Waggoner Commits to Wisconsin for 2023-24

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Jersey Wahoos 17-year-old Maddie Waggoner has given her verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin for the fall of 2023. Waggoner is a stellar distance freestyler, with a fair bit of versatility to boot. Most recently, Waggoner took 2nd in the 1650 free at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East meet in Greensboro. She also qualified for the A final of the 500 free at that meet.

“I am so humbled and ecstatic to announce my verbal commitment to study and swim at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! I am very thankful for my family, friends, and coaches for the endless support. ON WISCONSIN”

Here are Maddie Waggoner‘s SCY lifetime bests, along with a few LCM personal bests she established over this past summer:

  • SCY 200 Free – 1:51.49
  • SCY 500 Free – 4:48.99
  • SCY 1000 Free – 9:50.33
  • SCY 1650 Free – 16:08.75
  • SCY 100 Back – 56.30
  • SCY 200 Back – 1:58.66
  • SCY 200 IM – 2:02.76
  • SCY 400 IM – 4:20.32
  • LCM 200 Free – 2:06.96
  • LCM 400 Free – 4:21.61
  • LCM 800 Free – 8:47.76
  • LCM 1500 Free – 16:35.20
  • LCM 400 IM – 4:59.73

Waggoner is rapidly improving in the mile, which is her best event. She started 2021 with a personal best of 17:22.44 in the 1650, which she swam in 2019, when she was 15. In early March of 2021, she lowered her time down to 16:39.03, before swimming a 16:19.57 in late March. She then took that time down to her 16:08.75. In the LCM 1500, she got down to 16:35.20, which ranks her as the #51 performer all-time among 15-16 girls.

Her personal best in the 1650 would have earned Waggoner a 5th-place finish at the 2021 Big Ten Championships. She also would have earned an invite to NCAAs, where she would have finished 11th last year. She’ll add great depth to a distance group in Wisconsin that already features sub-16:00 miler Paige McKenna.

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