Blue Wave’s Maddie Hess Headed to Duke

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BRANDON, Florida, October 6. Maddie Hess, who trains under head coach Ron Turner at Blue Wave Swimming, will be the third Floridian to have announced their decision to travel north of the Sunshine State in recent days after committing to Duke University.

Hess, the 13th-ranked recruit nationally according to College, will make an immediate impact to head coach Dan Colella’s team. Hess’s time’s of 54.02 100 yd back and 1:55.79 200 yd back were NCAA “B” cuts from 2014, and would have qualified for finals at the ACC Conference meet. Hess also brings a 49.64 100 yd free, 1:48.37 200 yd free, and 55.06 100 yd fly to provide a great deal of versatility to the 2014-15 Blue Devils.

Photo Courtesy: Blue Wave Swimming

Photo Courtesy: Blue Wave Swimming

“I’m excited to be joining my future teammates at Duke University” said Hess. “The school’s academic name obviously speaks for itself, and to have the opportunity to be a part of a program on the rise was a huge part of my decision!”

Hess already has experience at the National level, having competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials, 2013 USA Junior Nationals, and the 2014 USA National Championship meet.

Maddie attends Newsome High School, where she is a 6 time FHSAA 4-A State Champion. She is also a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic-All American.