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Lubbock High's Cox pleased with result at first Olympic Trials

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 4:20pm  |  Updated: June 28, 2012 - 12:26am

Madisyn Cox was right where she wanted to be through the first 150 meters of the 200 individual medley Wednesday.

But the 17-year-old Lubbock High swimmer didn’t have much left for the final stretch, the freestyle portion, and she took seventh in her preliminary heat at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Cox finished the race in 2 minutes, 19.85 seconds, which ranked 66th among the 113 total swimmers in the 200 IM. She moved up 23 spots from her qualifying time.

“I think it went well,” Cox said. “It was my first race at Olympic Trials. I had bigger goals, but I’m happy with it.”

Cox’s time was roughly one second slower than her qualifying time and a little more than seven seconds behind the fastest preliminary time.

Cox was realistic about her qualifying chances before she left for Omaha and focused on gaining experience at the trials.

She was able to do that and more. Thirty-seven minutes after her heat, Cox set a West Texas Swimming record during a time trial of the 200 freestyle. She finished in 2:07.43, breaking the previous record by nearly two seconds.

“I’m definitely never going to be as nervous as I was before that first race,” Cox said. “I’m used to it now and I’m not going to be scared of anything. Not anxious. It will just be all-out and pure racing.”

Cox will swim one more time trial in Omaha, the 200 backstroke, and head back to Lubbock on Friday. Her next major event will be August’s Junior Nationals in Indianapolis.

Lubbock ISD swimming coach Trey Hayes was happy with Cox’s performance at the trials and is optimistic about her future there.

“The average Olympian will be 24 years old this time so there aren’t going to be very many high school kids,” Hayes said. “And the list of high school kids ahead of her is getting smaller and smaller.”

Only a few hours removed from her race, Cox was already anxious for her next chance to be an Olympian.

“I kind of got a little preview of it,” she said, “and I’m completely ready for four years from now.”

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