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.
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 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.