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Maddie Hess
Player Profile:
Maddie Hess 2268659
Position: Back/Free
Height: 5'11"
Year: Junior
City/State: Brandon, Fla.
High School: Newsome

2016-17: Swam on three Blue Devil relays at the NCAA Championships, leading off the 200 freestyle relay that placed 18th in preliminaries ... Also guided Duke's 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays to top-25 showings at the national meet ... Broke the program's 100 backstroke record at a last chance meet in Athens, Ga. (52.69) ... Led off Duke's record-breaking 200 medley relay at the ACC Championships, helping the relay surpass the automatic standard to qualify for NCAAs ... Added a second school record and ‘A' cut as a member of the 200 freestyle relay, which finished fifth in the conference ... Reached finals in the 50 freestyle and the 100 and 200 backstroke, placing top-17 in all three events ... Also competed on the Blue Devils' 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays at the ACC meet ... Led off winning 200 medley relay again in a dual meet against No. 5 Virginia (1/20) and a win at North Carolina (1/29) ... Added a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke against the Cavaliers and as a member of the 400 freestyle relay against the Tar Heels ... Swept the backstroke events in a Duke win over South Carolina (1/14) ... . Guided 200 freestyle relay to a win at Queens University (12/3) ... Led off winning 200 medley relay at Virginia Tech's quad dual to open the season (10/22) ... Over the summer, competed in four events at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships.

2015-16: NCAA qualifier as a freshman, competing on Duke's 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the national meet ... Member of Duke's record-breaking 800 freestyle relay at the ACC Championship ... Lone freshman in the league to advance to the 50 freestyle championship final, placing sixth ... Finals time of 22.42 ranked third on the Blue Devils' all-time performance list ... Also took 10th in the 100 and 200 backstroke ... Swam on winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays against South Carolina (1/8) ... Also won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly against the Gamecocks ... Led off record-breaking 200 freestyle relay at the Nike Cup Invitational ... Won the 200 backstroke at the same meet, setting a program record in finals with a 1:55.14 swim ... Set Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion records in the 100 and 200 backstroke against Old Dominion and William & Mary (11/7) ...  Took first in the 200 backstroke against Florida State and Queens (10/23) ... Won the 100 freestyle in her collegiate debut against Pitt (10/3) ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. 

Prior to Duke: 2016 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … Junior Nationals finalist … Member of 2011 Florida Zone team … State and district champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle as a senior … Captured state, regional and district titles in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay her junior year … Newsome's first female state champion, winning titles in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke as a sophomore … Also powered her team's 200 medley relay to a first-place finish at the state meet … Claimed three district crowns that same year … Three-time Tampa Times/Tampa Tribune Swimmer of the Year … Hillsborough County Swimmer of the Year … District champion in the 100 backstroke as a freshman … Member of the Blue Wave Swim club team … USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Personal: Born Madeline Margaret Hess Feb. 21, 1997 in Brandon, Fla. … Daughter of Janet and the late Steven Hess … Has one sister (Hayley) ... Mother swam at North Carolina. 

Hess Career Bests:

50 Free 22.42 3rd all-time at Duke
100 Free 49.47 5th all-time at Duke
200 Free 1:51.18  
100 Back 52.69 Duke record
200 Back 1:55.14 Duke record


On Duke's Relays:

200 Free Relay 1:28.51 Duke record
400 Free Relay 3:16.37 Duke record
200 Medley Relay 1:37.19 Duke record


At the NCAA Championships:

2016 21st, 200 Free Relay (1:30.05)
21st, 400 Free Relay (3:17.26)
2017 18th, 200 Free Relay (1:29.13)
t-19th, 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61)
23rd, 400 Free Relay (3:16.93)


At the ACC Championships:

2016 5th, 200 Free Relay (1:30.09)
5th, 400 Free Relay (3:17.71)
6th, 50 Free (22.42)
6th, 400 Medley Relay (3:38.31)
9th, 800 Free Relay (7:13.26)
10th, 100 Back (53.11)
10th, 200 Back (1:56.10)
2017 5th, 200 Free Relay (1:28.51)
6th, 400 Free Relay (3:16.60)
6th, 200 Medley Relay (1:37.19)
9th, 400 Medley Relay (3:38.36)
13th, 100 Back (53.34)
15th, 50 Free (22.42)
17th, 200 Back (1:55.20)

 

 

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