Danville Express

Sports - August 31, 2007

Madison White breaks record for backstroke

Madison White of the USA Sharks Swim Team, broke the girls 100 backstroke Western Zone's 9-year record for ages 11-12 at the championships Aug. 7-11 in New Mexico. White captured the second-place High Point award, and received a special trophy designed and handmade by Mashelia Whitehorse of the Navajo Indian Tribe.

Madison competed earlier at the Far Western Championship in Concord and broke the 100-meter backstroke Far Western record and a 10-year 200-meter backstroke Pacific Swimming record. She tied the High Point award with Chelsea Chenault of the Terrapins. At the Spring JO's short course she won the High Point award.

One of Madison's most memorable moments was when she was the lead off for the 200 Medley Relay at the Santa Clara International Meet, which claims to have the 800 best swimmers in the world, including one of Madison's favorites, Natalie Coughlin. At this meet, Madison broke the 100-yard girls 11-12 Pacific Swim backstroke long course record.

"When they announced my name, I was very excited that I had broken the record," said Madison.

Her coaches are Dan Cottan and Ethan Hall. She began her winning streak at the age of 6 when she won the backstroke events at the Contra Costa County Championship Meet.


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