Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Overcomes Early Miscue to Grab Top Seed in 100 Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Overcomes Early Miscue to Grab Top Seed in 100 Back

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ST. PETERS * Madison Brown was upset.

Very upset.

The Parkway Central senior swimmer committed a false start violation at the outset of the 200-yard medley relay race Friday in the qualifying round of the 42nd annual Girls Swimming and Diving championships at the Rec-Plex.

So Brown went off to the locker room and cried for a few minutes.

"It's a horrible feeling when you feel like you let your teammates down," Brown said. "I mean, I DQ'd the whole relay team."

Brown received plenty of support from coach Jennifer Meyer and a host of teammates, who told her to forget about the faux pas and look to the future.

It turned out to be good advice.

Brown bounced back from the mistake to turn in a career-best time of 55.97 seconds to grab the top seed in the 100 backstroke.

She shaved more than one full second off her previous top clocking.

Brown entered the two-day meet as the fifth seed and was not considered a serious contender. But the early boo-boo fueled a tremendous bounce-back effort.

"It really helped me to get angry," Brown said. "I just put all my frustration into (swimming) my best races."

Meyer sat Brown down and explained that the false start was not the end of the world.

"She's a good swimmer and even the good ones make a mistake now and then," Meyer said. "It lit a fire under her, got her going again."

Brown actually rallied to post a career-defining day. She qualified seventh in the 100 butterfly with a lifetime-best 57.82. She also swam the second leg on the 200 free relay team that qualified 15th. Alexis Poe, Annika Hofer and Shelby Ripp round out the quartet, which will compete in the consolation round.

Not bad for a day that started off on the wrong note.

"Madison has been taking bits and bits off her (backstroke) time the last few years," Meyer said. "But this was a huge drop for her."

Meyer and the rest of the team ran over to Brown and gave her a big-time reception seconds after the race. …

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