Avon’s Madison Kennedy talks about upcoming races, weddings

Avon native Madison Kennedy is always an energetic interview. There are plenty of smiles and interesting conversation. She spoke with SwimSwam after Friday’s 50 meter freestyle final at the Arena Pro Series in Mesa, Arizona.

Kennedy finished second with a time of 24.99 seconds – her fastest time of the season. She finished behind Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel, who won Olympics gold in the 100 meters.

Kennedy talked about no big assist from the wind at the Mesa meet. It is an open air meet and it was windy on the day she won the 50 freestyle here at the Mesa stop a year ago.

With the upcoming world championships on July 23-30 in Hungary, many of the international swimmers on SwimMAC Carolina’s Team Elite are heading home to prepare for their respective national championship meets. Since 2011, Kennedy has been training with Team Elite in Charlotte.

The American trials for the upcoming world championship meet will be the Phillips 66 national championships in Indianapolis on June 27 through July 1.

Upcoming races for Kennedy, 29, will include the University of Louisville’s annual TYR Derby Pro Swim meet on April 29, a competitive swim meet to raise money for charity.

Pro swimmers will race 50 meter freestyle in a preliminary, semifinal and final all within one hour. The last two finishes will be eliminated after each round with the final four racing for prize money and the honor by being the first TYR Derby champion.

She also said she will be competing at the Arena Pro Series stop in Atlanta on May 4-7.

Kennedy praised competitor Dana Vollmer for her performance in the meet. Vollmer is six months pregnant and is expecting her second child.

And Kennedy talked about her upcoming wedding in October and the progress on securing her wedding gown.

Click on the video at the top of this story for Kennedy’s entire interview with SwimSwam.

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