The sport of swimming continues to grow in popularity. Swimming greats like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, and Katie Ledecky have certainly boosted the hopes of swimmers across America. Still, for one Cullman High School swimmer, she is catching the greats in a timely fashion.
Meet swimming star Madison Clements, a Junior at Cullman High School. Madison has caught the attention of not only her high school coaches but college coaches, and she is just now entering the eleventh grade. When Madison started swimming competitively at the young age of six, she fell in love with the sport. Her passion grew stronger as she was swimming for the Stingrays in Atlanta, GA. After moving to Cullman a couple of years ago, Madison started swimming year-round for the Madison Swim Association, notably one of the best swim organizations in the state of Alabama. She quickly joined the Cullman Cats swim team, and records started shattering.
As an incoming Junior, Madison has already broken every female individual Cullman High School record except the Breaststroke, and she aims to claim that record soon. “It’s an honor to know that all of my hard work has paid off to be able to break those records. I hope to beat the Breaststroke ones this year and further break my own records,” said Clements. Cullman High School swim coach Corey Goble has been impressed with Madison’s accomplishment in the pool, saying, “Madison is one of the most driven athletes I’ve ever coached. Her progression has been exponential. As both a teammate and competitor, her presence with our program has been a keystone of success the past few years, and I am excited to have her back in the water with us again this season.”
Madison plans to graduate from Cullman High School and attend college on a swimming scholarship. “I hope to swim in college all four years and make it to the Olympic Trials. If I had one dream for swimming, it would be to swim in the Olympics. High hopes are in the future for Madison Clements, but the path she is swimming will undoubtedly get her to higher podiums. Records are made to be broken, and who knows, Madison may soon be breaking World and Olympic records to add to all of her Cullman High School medals.