Madeline Groves

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Madeline Groves
Madeline Groves after winning 200m butterfly (27559757761).jpg
Madeline Groves in June 2016
Personal information
Nickname(s)Mad Dog, Machine Gun
CitizenshipAustralia
Born25 May 1995 (1995-05-25) (age 23)
Brisbane
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight66 kg (10 st 6 lb)
Sport
Sportswimming
DisciplineButterfly, Freestyle
ClubSt Peters Western Swim Club[*]
Coached byMichael Bohl[*]

Madeline Groves (born 25 May 1995) is an Australian competitive swimmer. She was the Australian national champion in the 200 m butterfly event in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she was a bronze medallist in the 200 m butterfly event, and swam in the heats for the gold medal-winning Australian freestyle relay team. She was selected to represent Australia in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly, and 4 × 200 m freestyle relay events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Biography[edit]

Madeline Groves was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on 25 May 1995.[1] She has two brothers.[2] She attended Wilston State Primary School and St Peters Lutheran College.[3] In 2014, she was an inaugural recipient of the Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship to study for a Bachelor of Social Science degree at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast.[4]

Groves learned to swim when she was a baby,[2] and started competitive swimming when she was twelve years old.[5] As a junior, she won the 100 m and 200 m butterfly and 4 × 100 m medley events, and silver in the 50 m butterfly, at the 2010 Oceania Swimming Championships in Samoa. At the Junior Pan Pacific championships in Hawaii that year she came second in the 200 m butterfly and fifth in the 100 m butterfly events.[2] She took 2011 off, but returned to competitive swimming after she finished high school.[3] She is coached by Michael Bohl at St Peter's Western, where Mitch Larkin, Bronte Barratt, Madison Wilson and Grant Irvine also train.[3] She has known Bohl since 2008,[5] and he has been her coach since 2012. She has been nicknamed "Mad Dog" and "Machine Gun".[3]

In 2013, Groves became the national champion at the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships in the 200 m butterfly event.[1] During 2014, Groves suffered from debilitating pain in her shoulder and neck. This was traced to a clenched jaw, which has been treated by an orthodontist.[3] She defended her national title in the 200 m butterfly event at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships, and the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships,[1] and in Adelaide in April 2016 at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships,[6] where she was second in the 100 m butterfly.[3]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she was a bronze medallist in the 200 m butterfly event,[3] and swam in the heats for the gold medal-winning Australian freestyle relay team.[7] At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, she was 9th in the 200m butterfly and 11th in the 100 m butterfly events.[3] She swam in the heats of the medley relay,[8] in which the Australian team went on to win.[9]

In April 2016, Groves was selected to represent Australia in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly, and 4 × 200 m freestyle relay events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[10] This was her first Olympics.[3] She did not qualify for the semi-final in the 100 m butterfly,[11] but qualified fastest for the final of the 200 m butterfly. She won silver, finishing just three-hundredths of a second behind Spain's Mireia Belmonte.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Madeline Groves Bio". SwimSwam. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "North Sydney Pool Summer Swim Series Media Guide" (PDF). Swimming Australia. 28–30 January 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Madeline Groves | AUS Team | Rio 2016". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Young swim stars awarded elite scholarship to Bond University". Bond University. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Groves not daunted by Olympic dream | AUS Team | Rio 2016". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Champs – 7/04/2016 to 14/04/2016". SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Madeline Groves". Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Event 429 AUG 2015 – Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay Result". FINA. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Australia wins gold in 4 × 100m freestyle relay at world swimming championships in Russia". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 Aug 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected | AUS Team | Rio 2016". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Women's 100m Butterfly". Rio Olympics. Archived from the original on 1 September 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Women's 200m Butterfly Schedule & Results – Olympic Swimming". Rio Olympics. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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