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Maddie

Hess

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Back/Free
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
City/State: Brandon, Fla.
High School: Newsome

Bio

Honors: 

  • Honorable Mention All-America: 200 Free Relay (2019), 400 Free Relay (2019), 200 Medley Relay (2019)
  • CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team (2018, 2019)
  • All-ACC Academic (2019)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll (2017-18, 2018-19)

Career: Honorable mention All-American in three relay events ... Helped lead the Blue Devils to a 23rd-place finish at NCAAs her senior year, contributing to a historic showing by the team ... Swam on Duke's 200 freestyle relay that became the first relay in women's program history to qualify for an event final ... Raced to a top-20 showing and broke the school record in the 100 back preliminaries at her final NCAA meet ... Four-year member of Duke's ACC Championship squad, leading the Blue Devils to a fifth-place finish in 2019, marking the best for the program since 1981 ... Contributed to seven top-five relay finishes in four appearances at ACCs ... Two-time 'A' finalist in the 100 and 200 backstroke at ACCs ... Graduated as Duke's record holder in the 100 (52.05) and 200 backstroke (1:53.82) and as a member of four relay teams ... Also tied for second all-time at Duke in the 50 freestyle (22.14), ranked sixth in the 100 freestyle 49.47) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.76) ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier ... Twice tabbed to the CSCAA's Scholar All-America first team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Named All-ACC Academic as a senior ... Team captain as a senior.

2018-19: Led off Duke's 200 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships, which became the first in women's program history to qualify for an event final and garner honorable mention All-America recognition ... Added school records and honorable mention All-America honors in the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays ... Took down a school record individually at NCAAs in the 100 backstroke preliminaries (52.05) ... Member of the Blue Devils' 200 and 400 freestyle relays that recorded fourth-place finishes at the ACC Championships ... Also helped Duke's 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays earn top-five finishes, with both breaking program records ... Earned championship finals appearances in the 100 (52.27) and 200 backstroke (1:53.82), breaking her own school record at the 200-yard distance ... Turned in a career-best mark of 22.22 to claim the 50 freestyle consolation final ... Lowered her own school record in the 200 backstroke at the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational (1:53.86) ... Had a strong showing at the Tennessee Invitational, competing on the Blue Devils' 400 freestyle that broke a program record (3:15.32) and the 200 freestyle relay that clocked the second-fastest mark in school history (1:28.98) … Won the 100 backstroke with an NCAA provisional cut of 53.77 at the Big Al Invitational (11/9).

2017-18: Rounded out her junior campaign at the NCAA Championships, where she raced to a top-25 showing in the 100 backstroke ... Also finished 49th in the 50 freestyle preliminaries and competed on Duke’s 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays ... Helped 400 freestyle relay eclipse the previous program record in a 17th-place showing (3:15.44) ... Reached ACC championship finals in the 100 and 200 backstroke, placing seventh in both events ... Broke her own school record during the 200 backstroke preliminaries with a 1:54.24 swim ... Also finished 11th in the 50 freestyle ... Led off 200 medley relay that posted the second-fastest mark in school history (1:37.31) ... Also member of 400 (3:16.50) and 800 (7:09.58) freestyle relays that came in at No. 2 on the all-time performance list ... Led off winning 200 medley relay in the season opener against No. 23 Florida State and Virginia Tech (10/14) ... Over the summer, participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program, a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford ... As a member of ACE, traveled to India to learn from local organizations and community groups in New Delhi concerning health outreach efforts, focusing on particular local or regional health issues. 

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) ... 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 ... 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) ... 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: 22.14 ... t2nd all-time at Duke
100 Free: 49.47 ... 6th all-time at Duke
200 Free: 1:48.76 ... 8th all-time at Duke
100 Back: 52.05 ... Duke record
200 Back: 1:53.82 ... Duke record

On Duke's Relays:
200 Free Relay: 1:28.37 ... Duke record
400 Free Relay: 3:12.90 ... Duke record
800 Free Relay: 7:05.52 ... Duke record
200 Medley Relay: 1:36.60 ... 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
           t19th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:37.61
           23rd, 400 Free Relay ... 3:16.93
2018: 17th, 400 Free Relay ... 3:15.44
           t21st, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:37.93
           t24th, 100 Back ... 52.67
           49th, 50 Free ... 22.75
2019: 11th, 400 Free Relay ... 3:12.90
           12th, 200 Free Relay ... 1:28.37
           13th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:36.96
           18th, 100 Back ... 52.05
           t22nd, 50 Free ... 22.25

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
2018: 6th, 400 Free Relay (3:16.50)
           7th, 100 Back (53.00)
           7th, 200 Back (1:54.38)
           7th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:37.31
           9th, 800 Free Relay ... 7:09.58
           11th, 50 Free ... 22.45
2019: 4th, 200 Free Relay ... 1:28.93
           4th, 400 Free Relay ... 3:15.35
           5th, 100 Back ... 52.27
           5th, 800 Free Relay ... 7:05.52
           5th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:36.77
           7th, 200 Back ... 1:53.82
           9th, 50 Free ... 22.22

 

 

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