Incoming freshman Madison Broad of the University of Toledo swimming and diving team represented her home country, Canada, in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru this week.
"This meet was a great stepping stone in Madison's international and upcoming NCAA career," said head coach Jonas Persson, OLY. "She raced some really fast swimmers, which helped her gain experience and will make the transition to competing in big collegiate meets easier. Two sixth place finishes at a meet like this is a big deal, and it was great to see her have so much success."
On Wednesday, Broad competed in the preliminary round of the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 2:14.25 and securing a place in the A-finals. Swimming in lane seven, Broad was able to drop nearly two seconds off her time to finish sixth. The Wallaceburg, Ontario native clocked a 2:12.82 in the final round, finishing nearly four seconds ahead of Florencia Perotti from Argentina who took seventh.
Finishing up at the Pan-Am Games on Thursday night, Broad saw herself in the A-finals of the 100 backstroke, after clocking in at 1:02.99 during the third heat of the preliminary round. Competing in lane one of the A-finals, Broad posted a time of 1:02.44 to finish in sixth place, less than a second behind Fernanda De Goeij from Brazil.
Broad's personal best time of 2:09.45 in the 200 backstroke is ranked 18th in the world and is the 88th-fastest time in history. Broad will be joining the Rockets this fall, looking to make an immediate impact in the backstroke events.