Max McHugh is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States.
In high school, McHugh excelled in swimming, winning numerous YMCA championship titles and Minnesota state titles, including breaking the national public high school record in the 100 breast (51.62) his senior year.
McHugh was ranked #5 on SwimSwam’s Top 20 NCAA Recruits for the class of 2018, and #4 in the Re-rank of that class.
Following in his brother’s footsteps (Conner McHugh, NCAA All-American in the breaststroke events), on May 25, 2017, Max committed to swim for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
University of Minnesota
At the 2019 NCAA Championships, McHugh garnered 2 individual All-American titles in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. In the 100, he finished 3rd in 50.52 behind seniors Ian Finnerty and Carsten Vissering. In the 200, McHugh moved up further and touched in 2nd place at 1:49.41, behind senior Andrew Seliskar.
During the summer of his freshman season, McHugh was struck by stray gunfire around 1pm on Saturday, July 28. A bullet penetrated the inside of McHugh’s right leg just above the knee, which he was able to recover from.
At the Big 10 Championships in 2020, McHugh proved he was back to peak form, winning the 100 breast (50.67) and taking 3rd in the 200 breast (1:51.80).