Anna Moesch, the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships medalist and No. 3 rookie of the 2024 high school class, suffered a knee injury. Recently, she made him verbal commitment swim for the University of Virginia for the 2024-25 season.
Moesch, a native of Green Brook, New Jersey and a swimmer for the Greater Somerset YMCA, injured herself last Saturday at the Far Hills Race Meeting in Far Hills, New Jersey, which is an annual horse race and social gathering better known as the name of “The Chasse”. There she stepped over a hip-high rope with one foot, which landed heavily on the other side. Then, when she attempted to bring her other foot over the rope, her knee “buckled to the left, twisted, and went bad,” as Moesch put it.
For now, Moesch knows she dislocated her knee and there were chipped pieces of bone. She is awaiting her MRI results last week to see if there are any ligament tears.
“My doctor said I should be able to get back in the water pretty quickly because swimming is such a low impact sport that you don’t have to love it, do any crazy activity with it or anything” , Moesch told SwimSwam in a phone call. interview. “I should be able to get back in the water hopefully in less than a month.”
Moesch had planned to attend the FINA World Cup stop in Indianapolis in November, but she couldn’t because of her knee. Her next big fixture after the World Cup is the Winter Juniors in December, where she hopes to be able to compete at the highest level again.
“It was pretty devastating because I was looking forward to competing,” Moesch said of missing the World Cup, a competition she competed in last fall. “But I try to keep my head up and just focus on the competitions I have coming up.”
And while it hadn’t seriously affected his swimming until his injury last week, Moesch had always had knee issues. A few years ago, she flew off the handlebars of her bike and landed directly on her left kneecap, an incident that displaced her knee which “has never been perfectly in the right position” since then. Because of this, she’s not able to do certain exercises in the water or swim too much breaststroke, which wasn’t a problem for her given that she’s primarily a sprint freestyler. But due to his previous knee problems, Moesch’s doctor had told him his injury last week was “[one] it was waiting to happen.
While an injury that keeps someone out of the water can seem daunting, Moesch has been through it before – earlier this year she broke her ankle but then had what she describes as “the best meeting of his life” just two months later.
In February, Moesch broke his ankle. She had to be out of the water for three days, and when she started swimming again, she was only doing light strokes and using a pool buoy during training. Due to her injury, she missed Meet of Champions, which is New Jersey’s high school state championship meet that takes place in early March. However, she “tried to get back to intensive training as soon as possible” and competed at the YMCA Nationals in late March. There she set best times of 21.97, 47.76 and 1:44.10 in the 50, 100 and 200 free respectively, marks that made her the fastest sprint freestyler in class. of 2024.
“I was able to recover very well and I used [my injury] as a motivation rather than a setback. Moesch said she went from her ankle injury to competing at YNats. “I was surprised [about my YNats performances] just because of everything with my foot, but also I knew how hard I had worked throughout the season and what I was capable of.
Moesch’s experiences returning from an injury in the past give her the confidence to believe she will recover just as well this time around.
“I have full confidence in myself that I will come back better than ever and that I will be able to perform as well, if not better than before.” Moesch said.
Over the past year, Moesch has had a meteoric rise to become one of the top junior swimmers in the country. Heading into the 2021-22 season, her best times in the 50/100/200 freestyle were 23.11, 49.73 and 1:51.21, and she has since lost a significant amount of all of those time. This is partly because she started swimming for the Greatest Somerset YMCA last fall and began to train more in lessons, as she previously swam for the Streamline Aquatic Club, a small club of New Jersey which organized mainly competitions in short meters.
In long course, Moesch holds the best times of 24.92 and 54.33 in the 50 and 100 freestyle respectively, scores that were both set at the 2022 YMCA Long Course Championships. She was a member of the junior team Pan Pacs 2022 and finished second in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle during the meet.