Former Madeira Swim and Dive standout, Kylie Jordan ’16 put on a record breaking performance at the 2019 Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational hosted by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Invitational was a combination of non-conference swimmers looking for prelims-finals taper opportunity and a “first chance” meet for mostly local swimmers looking for fast times before the start of conference Championship season.
Kylie Jordan began the record-breaking on Saturday, February 9 with a 51.42 prelim in the 100-yard butterfly. That time broke the old record of 51.46 set last season by the now-graduate Leah Goldman and marked nearly a one-second drop from Jordan’s previous career best. Jordan’s time should easily earn her an invitation to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships (a time of 52.4 was invited last year) and jumped her to ninth in the country and third in the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC).
Following Saturday’s performance, Jordan added a second NCAA provisional cut in the 200-yard butterfly preliminaries, going 1:57.33 for the third-fastest mark in school history. Jordan currently holds the Madeira record for the 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Going into Jordan’s senior year at Madeira, she won six individual state swimming titles, each time setting a state record and earning an All-American qualifying time. Jordan was also named the 2016 All-Met Swimmer of the Year.