Madison Wilson is an Australian swimmer and backstroke specialist. Wilson is pretty young in her competitive field of swimming, and she’s more specialized to the sprint events. Wilson really popped onto the swimming scene in 2014, and has been finishing within the year’s top-10 fastest swimmers since.
In her first year of headline-making performances, Wilson qualified for the 2012 Junior Pan Pacs in the 100m backstroke. Within the next few years she competed at the Australian Championships, finishing within the top swimmers.
After her beginning performances, Wilson made big steps in 2013. She competed at the World University Games, where she won the 200m backstroke and finished third overall in the 100m backstroke.
Wilson began swimming at a young age, because her grandparents owned a swimming pool, and she needed to be comfortable around a pool. She also sets goals at the beginning of each season, which motivates her to keep focusing on getting better.
Wilson has mentioned that she incorporates running into her training regimen, which doesn’t enjoy, but she knows it’s a great exercise. She also enjoys her Friday sessions, because they involve a lot of sprint training. Wilson loves training at her home pool in Indooroopilly Brisbane, where she feels the most comfortable.
In 2014 Wilson got her first crack at a major international competition, when she was added to the Commonwealth Games roster late in the game. Wilson finished third in the 50m backstroke at the Australian Nationals, just missing a spot on the roster. But when Meagan Nay suffered from an injury, Wilson was the replacement swimmer.
2015 Commonwealth Games
A year later at the Commonwealth Games Wilson went from being a replacement swimmer, to finishing with a silver medal in the 50m backstroke.
2015 World Championships
Although Wilson has been somewhat of a newcomer to major international competitions, she qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. The backstroke specialist took on the 50m and 100m backstroke events in her first ever World Championships.
In the 50-meter race, Wilson qualified for her first Championship Final at World’s. In such a quick race where even the smallest of errors can cost you everything, Wilson had a great reaction time, but was passed up by some of the world’s best backstroke sprinters to touch the wall in 6th. She just got under the 28-second barrier, where nearly the entire heat was within one second of the winning time. She then took on the 100m back against 2012 Olympic champion, Missy Franklin, and fellow Australian teammate, Emily Seebohm. Wilson was out quickly, and was sitting in 3rd place by the 50 meter mark. Wilson focused on her last 50 meters to pass the heat leader, Denmark’s Mie Oe Nielsen, but once she was overtaken, Wilson found herself battling Seebohm. The two Australians touched 1-2 in the 100 back, giving Wilson another medal, this time a silver.
2016 Australia Swimming Championships (Australia’s Olympic Selection Meet)
Wilson qualified for the Australian Olympic Team by finishing second in the 100M Backstroke behind Emily Seebohm.
2016 Rio Olympics
Wilson finished 8th in the finals of the 100M backstroke with a time of 59.23.
2017 World Championships
Wilson led off the Australian 4x200M Free Relay with a time of 1:57.33 to help win the bronze medal.