Wallaceburg’s Madison Broad is preparing to swim for the University of Toledo in the fall.
The 18-year-old Chatham Y Pool Sharks swimmer will be competing on the Rockets swim team and will be studying psychology.
“The school had a family atmosphere and I really enjoyed that,” Broad said in a media release.
“Everyone was so inviting and the academics are great.”
Some recent results in the pool for Broad, include:
– Silver in the 200 back at the 2018 Youth Olympics (2:10.32)
– Second in the 200m back at the 2018 Jr. Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (2:10.73)
– Fastest 50 back: 27.83 at the Ontario Junior International 2 (2017)
– Fastest 100 back: 1:00.41 at the Ontario Junior International 2 (2017)
– Fastest 200 back: 2:07.48 at the Ontario Junior International 2 (2017)
Head Toledo women’s swimming and diving coach Jonas Persson announced the signing of seven new faces to the program last month.
Lauren Kilgore, Ashley LeFever, Lisa Lohner, Caroline Wallenborg, and Hannah Beavers will join Broad as part of their new recruiting class.
They will begin their academic and athletic careers at UT in the fall of 2019.
“I think it’s a good, solid class. It’s a smaller class, but very good quality,” Persson said in a media release.
“They fill in holes in our roster, not only for dual meets but for the MAC championship meet. They also add to our relays, so I’m just really excited. We’re taking these small steps to get better, and we’re focused on building a team the right way. We’re making sure we get the right student-athletes in who are not just fast but who want to be here. The culture of it all is really important for us. This class is just another step in the right direction.”
Persson said Broad was fast when theyr were recruiting her last year.
“She has taken enormous steps since then,” Persson said.
“In the past year she’s taken second at Youth Olympics and second at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. She’s just a tremendous asset for us. Not only is she a really fast swimmer but she’s also a good person and was coached by a very good coach (Kyle Pinsonneault). We’re excited to see what she can do. I think the reason she chose Toledo is because she just kind of found her fit. She wanted a smaller program with a more personal approach and that’s what she’s getting here. I think academically Toledo was a really good fit for her too.”