Maggie MacNeil is a competitive swimmer who represents Canada internationally. She is a 2020 Olympian and Olympic medalist.
Maggie MacNeil had an immediate impact at Michigan her freshman year. At the Big Ten Championships, she won individual titles in the 50 free (21.65) and 100 fly (49.59). She also won as part of Michigan’s 200 and 400 free relays. At the NCAA Championships, Macneil placed 2nd in the 100 fly (49.66), 4th in the 50 free (21.50), and 6th in the 100 back (50.98).
MacNeil kept her good times rolling from the summer of 2019 into the collegiate season. At her midseason meet, the Minnesota Invite, MacNeil tied the NCAA and US Open record in the 100 fly, touching at 49.26.
At the B1G Champs, she started things off by breaking a record in a different stroke, this time the 50 back, throwing down the fastest split of all-time at 23.05 by leading off the 200 medley relay. She continued her momentum by taking titles in the 50 free (21.30), 100 fly (49.42), and 100 free (46.57), the last of which put her at #7 all-time.
Heading into the 2021 NCAA Championships, after they were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maggie MacNeil going head-to-head with Kate Douglass in 3 races was the narrative of the meet and one that did not disappoint. In the 50 free, Douglass topped MacNeil barely, winning 21.13 to Maggie’s 21.17. Later in the session, MacNeil led off Michigan’s 400 medley relay in 49.76 to help the wolverines place 4th.
In the 100 fly, MacNeil not only won round 2 but did so in record fashion, touching at 48.89 to become the first woman in history under 49 seconds. Douglass was 2nd at 49.55.
Round 3 was the 100 free and MacNeil once again got the better of Douglass, touching first in 46.02 to Douglass’ 46.30.
At her final NCAAs with Michigan, MacNeil placed 3rd in the 50 free (21.38) and 100 fly (49.18) and 10th in the 100 free (47.42).
After the 2022 NCAAs, MacNeil entered the transfer portal and eventually announced her intent to go to Cal for her 5th year of eligibility. However, after allegations against Cal head coach Teri McKeever of athlete abuse rose, MacNeil ultimately decided to join her old coach, Rich Bishop, at Louisiana State.
2019 World Championships
MacNeil started her world championships in the women’s 4×100 free relay, where she split 53.18 on the 4th leg to help Canada get a bronze medal.
On day 2, Macneil turned heads as she upset 4-time defending world champ Sarah Sjostrom in the 100 fly. Macneil had a huge turn at the 50 to run down Sjostrom and take gold in a new North American record of 55.83.
Macneil finished her schedule on Day 8 in the 4×100 medley relay, splitting a massive 55.56 butterfly leg to help Canada win another relay bronze.
2019 Swammy Awards
2020 Olympic Games
MacNeil had a strong start to her Olympic Games. On Day 1, she advanced through the prelims and semi-finals of the 100 fly, heading into the final seeded 6th at 56.56. After the 100 fly semi on Night 1, MacNeil swam 2nd on Canada’s 400 free relay, splitting 53.47 to help Canada take 2nd place and earn a silver medal.
On Night 2, MacNeil solidified herself in Olympic history, charging from behind in the 100 fly final to take gold in a personal best of 55.59, the 2nd fastest time in history.
MacNeil finished her meet in the 400 medley relay, splitting 55.27 on the fly leg for Canada to help them secure a bronze medal in the event, giving MacNeil a medal of each color at her first Olympic Games.
2022 World Championships
After announcing that she had sustained an elbow injury and would only be swimming relays, MacNeil came up big for team Canada in Budapest. She started things in the 400 free relay, where she split 53.27 on the 3rd leg to help Canada earn silver, even though she had a back spasm during the finals session.
On day 7, she swam prelims of the mixed 400 free relay, which went onto win silver in the final. On the last day of competition, MacNeil swam the fly leg on the 400 medley relay (56.80) to help Canada secure bronze.