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Most of the world is still shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Madisyn Cox provides a return to action with our first new Swim of the Week in months.
Cox swam a suited time trial with the Texas women’s pro group. Cox reportedly went 2:00 in the 200 free, 1:03 in the 100 back and 2:14 in the 200 IM. Those aren’t far off of Cox’s career-bests of 1:58.52 (200 free), 1:03.31 (100 back) and 2:09.03 (200 IM).
Only the 200 IM is really a primary event for Cox, who is a U.S. Olympic hopeful in the IMs and breaststrokes. She was the #4 American for the 2019-2020 season with a 2:09.03 in Des Moines shortly before the season was truncated by the worldwide pandemic. Last year, Cox finished as the #2 Ameican at 2:10.00, behind only Melanie Margalis.
The 200 free was probably her most impressive time trial. Cox’s season-best is a 1:58.93 she hit at the Knoxville Pro Swim Series, and her continued success in that event has to bode well for the closing split of her 200 IM – and with a year to go before the now-2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Cox could also be eying one of the six available Olympic roster spots for the 4×200 free relay.
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