Madisyn Cox on National Title: “It was more for Texas, and more for my team”


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • World Record: Rikke Pedersen (Denmark), 2:19.11, 2013
  • American Record: Rebecca Soni, 2:19.59, 2012
  • Championship Record: Rebecca Soni (United States), 2:20.38, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Rebecca Soni (United States), 2:20.38, 2009
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:33.29


  1. GOLD: Madisyn Cox (TXLA), 2:23.84
  2. SILVER: Abby Arens (MOR), 2:25.80
  3. BRONZE: Jenna Strauch (VICN), 2:26.05

World Championships medalist Madisyn Cox dominated this one. Cox crushed her lifetime best by nearly 2 seconds, winning by over a body length in 2:23.84. Cox is now ranked #4 among Americans this year and posted a time that would have been fast enough to make finals at Worlds last week.

Abby Arens took over a second off her best to touch 2nd in 2:25.80, a nail ahead of Jenna Strauch(2:26.05). Arens has now dropped almost 4 seconds from her best coming into this meet. Closely behind for 4th was Miranda Tucker in 2:26.50. Vanessa Pearl was the 2nd fastest swimmer of the night, however, touching in 2:24.99 to win the B final.

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Congratulations! You’re an inspiration on how to handle adversity with grace. Your attitude and determination paid off! Hook ‘em!!!


I have an ominous looking faucet tap in my kitchen. How should I handle that madiysn?


I’m wondering what someone must be thinking to come up with a comment like that. Wow.


Um? That she’s a drug cheat. Pretty cut and dry.


Not even close. But I think PVDH’s lack of character is pretty cut and dry


PVDH I’m guessing based on your comment that not only have you never reached a level where you needed to be drug tested but you don’t have any family members that have gone through it either. If you did you would know that it certainly does happen For someone to unintentionally Consume a banNed substance.but it seems as though you have two little experience to relate.

Texas Tap Water

I love Medicine Cox


Horns down.


Way to make Texas proud!

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