WIAA Champion Jack Madoch (2023) Switches Commitment From Wisconsin to Virginia

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After initially planning on staying close to home and swimming for the Wisconsin Badgers, high school senior Jack Madoch has announced that he’s heading east for his college career and will join the University of Virginia Cavaliers starting this fall.

After careful reconsideration I have decided to further my academic and athletic career at the University of Virginia. I want to thank my family, teammates, and coaches for helping me get to this point; as well as Coach Desorbo and Fenwick for giving me this opportunity. GO HOOS!!! 🟧⚔️🟦⚔️

Madoch, who swims for the Verona Area Swim Team and Middleton High School, has seen marked improvement in his core events since he initially committed to Wisconsin last summer.

Here’s a look at some of the improvements:

Summer 2022 Spring 2023
50 Free 20.34 19.59
100 Free 45.10 43.74
200 Free 1:41.04 1:38.26
50 Back 23.36 22.56
100 Fly 50.10 46.80

When Madoch announced his plans to swim at Wisconsin last summer, we didn’t even list his 100 fly as one of his top times. But he steadily chipped away at his personal best in that event, leading to a 46.80 at the NCSA Spring Championships last month. There he took 2nd behind Scotty Buff, who we ranked as the #1 recruit in the class. Madoch also finished as the runner-up behind Buff in the 50 free, clocking a new lifetime best of 19.59, and he anchored Verona’s 400 free relay in a swift 42.81.

In February, Madoch had a stellar performance at the Wisconsin Boys Division 1 State Championships. He led Middleton to the state championship by sweeping the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 19.61 and 43.74, setting a state record in the 50 free. He also swam on both of Middleton’s victorious free relays, leading off the 200 free relay in 19.84 and anchoring the 400 free relay in 43.55, en route to another state record.

Madoch is now part of a freestyle-heavy recruiting class heading to Charlottesville this fall, including Hayden Bellotti, Simon Lins, Will Thompson, Zachary Larrick, Noah DyerTristen Davin, and Jack Berube. Madoch will join a sprint group that set the American Record in the 200 free relay a year ago led by All-Americans Matt BrownsteadMatt King, and Connor Boyle. Additionally, Jack Aikins, Tim Connery, and transfer Anthony Grimm aren’t necessarily sprint free specialists, but have swum either the 50 or the 100 free at NCAAs, giving the Cavaliers coaches plenty of free relay options this season and beyond.

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2 months ago

Out of Big10 is always a good choice I think. Big10 doesn’t like supporting swim and dive unfortunately.

Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s a pretty good point haha, does any other conference have as many cut teams as the big10?

Reply to  Observing
2 months ago

ACC is doing pretty “well” in that department: Clemson Men/Women, Syracuse Men/Women, Miami Men, Maryland Men/Women (they were ACC at the time),

Reply to  Swimgeek
2 months ago

I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t even realize Maryland was in the ACC when they got cut. It would be interesting to see how different the college swimming landscape would be if directors put the same emphasis on swim/dive that they do on sports like football or basketball. (Just hypothetically of course, swimming will never make near the amounts that other sports do, so directors will never really care)

Reply to  Observing
2 months ago

What’s terrible is that UMD has a beautiful facility with no varsity team. They hosted an ISL meet there in 2019 and almost every big meet in the DC area is either held at UMD or the GMU pool.

Reply to  PVSFree
2 months ago

To think that Dave Durden was at one time the head coach there.

Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

You would hope with the insane amount on new TV money coming in the conference, that they wouldn’t have an excuse to make further cuts. Who knows if that will be the case though, private jets for football head coaches get expensive.

2 months ago

Sprints have been Wisconsin’s weakest area by far. Not shocking that he would look to go somewhere else with his crazy improvement.

Dr Deluxe
Reply to  oxyswim
2 months ago

I would rather look at this as an opportunity to START and be a great part of a SPRINT revival instead of the negative. I can see this young man have trouble even making it to conference for the next two years. . Badgers are just on the verge of being a great team.
YURI has the pedigree and the staff to make it happen. You can’t beat Madison’s academic , sports and campus spirit. . Oh well, I hope he is successful.

HOO love
Reply to  Dr Deluxe
2 months ago

Maybe you haven’t experienced Charlottesville’s academic, sports, and campus spirit yet then…

2 months ago

Jay Gerloff (breaststroker out of Virginia Beach) and Dean Treanor (diver from North Carolina) will also be part of this class at UVA. Both confirmed on IG.

2 months ago

i guess laying an egg at NCs this year isn’t impacting recruiting on the men’s side whatsoever

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

They underperformed but still got 15th after some decent relay performances. Hardly “laying an egg”

Reply to  CavaDore
2 months ago

Badgers tied for 23rd

Reply to  Acorn
2 months ago

Badgers are improving however. They got their highest big 10 conference score, ever this year. Over 1000 points for the first time. Plus a nice new pool.

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

They didn’t lay an egg. The only one who should have scored that didn’t was Nichols who did lay an egg in the 100 breast. If Matt King was there this squad was probably in the 11-12 range. Look for them to move up in the coming years.

Reply to  SKOOOOOO
2 months ago

Noah was what a top 4 seed that didn’t score at all, Matt Brownstead got third last year and was 12th, jack aikins was 1:39 out of high school and didn’t score, so it feels like you are being a little overly optimistic with your projections

HOO love
2 months ago

wow the improvement is insane

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