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Madeline Wenig, a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American from Brookfield, Illinois, has verbally committed to the University of Kentucky Wildcats for 2021-22. Wenig is a junior at Riverside Brookfield High School, whom she represented at the 2018 Illinois IHSA Girls State Championships. Wenig placed 16th in prelims with 1:04.94 (only the top 12 make finals). That’s an improvement over her results during her freshman year season, when she came in 26th with 1:06.02. Her best 50/100 breast times come from the 2019 NCSA Spring Championship, where she finaled in the 50 breast, while her 200 breast and 200 IM date from the spring of 2018. Wenig has had much more success in the long-course pool. Swimming with Academy Bullets Swim Club, she qualified for Summer Juniors in both the 100m breast (1:12.75) and 200m breast (2:34.12) in June. A month later, she was runner-up in the 200 breast and 4th in the 100 at the Illinois LSC Senior Long Course Championships.
Best SCY times:
- 200 breast – 2:16.50
- 100 breast – 1:04.13
- 50 breast – 29.75
- 200 IM – 2:08.55
- 400 IM – 4:32.46
Wenig will arrive in Lexington just when Kentucky’s top breastsroker, Bailey Bonnett, will be graduating. The Wildcats have depth in fly and IM but only scored one in each of the A, B, and C finals (Bonnett, Madison Winstead, and Jaclyn Hill) in the 100 breast at 2019 SEC Championships. Bonnett and Winstead also scored in the A and B final of the 200 breast. It took 1:01.92/2:13.24 to get a second swim at the conference meet.
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