In Her LSU Debut, Maggie MacNeil Throws Down 22.29 50 Fly Relay Split

Yanyan Li
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September 17th, 2022 College, National, News, SEC

2022 LSU Purple vs. Gold Intrasquad

  • September 17, 2022
  • LSU Natatorium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full PDF Results

On Saturday, LSU held its annual intrasquad meet, where the swimmers were separated into “purple” and “gold”  teams and competed against each other. The gold team ended up winning by one point, with the score being 261 to 260.

Based on the stories from LSU Swimming and Diving’s Instagram account, the swimmers seem to be unsuited for this meet.

NOTE: LSU told SwimSwam that there were errors with several splits in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. However, head coach Rick Bishop confirmed that MacNeil’s 50 fly split was correct, and that she also was the one who split 46.90 in the 400 free relay (the PDF results page says that Peyton Curry split that time). 

The big highlight of this meet was Maggie MacNeil, who competed in her first-ever meet for the tigers. She swam her first four seasons with the Michigan Wolverines and transferred to LSU for her fifth year of eligibility, reuniting with her former coach, Rick Bishop.

MacNeil opened up her meet with a 22.29 50 fly split in the 200 medley relay, which (unofficially) ties as the eighth-fastest split of all time in the event. This is the quickest MacNeil has ever gone in the 50 fly on a relay, as her fastest split prior to today is a 22.39, which was clocked at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. However, it’s important to note that MacNeil swam backstroke in the majority of medley relays in her time at Michigan, so she didn’t have many opportunities to throw down fly times off relay starts in the past.

All-Time Top Relay Splits, Women’s 50 Fly:

  1. Kate Douglass, Virginia — 21.95 (2020)
  2. Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville — 21.96 (2015)
  3. Alyssa Marsh, Duke — 22.05 (2020)
  4. Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville — 22.07 (2015)
  5. Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville — 22.21 (2016)
  6. Louise Hansson, USC — 22.23 (2019)
  7. Morgan Scott, Alabama — 22.26 (2022)
  8. Helen Moffitt, North Carolina (2017)/Maggie MacNeil, LSU (2022) — 22.29 

Individually, MacNeil raced the 100 fly and 50 free. In the 100 fly, she swam a time of 51.62, opening in 24.56 and closing in 27.06.  That time would have been fast enough to make the ‘B’ final at last year’s NCAA championships—a pretty impressive result considering that it was done in the middle of September. Her best time in the event stands at 48.89, which is the NCAA record.

Then, MacNeil competed in three rounds of 50 free skins, where she claimed first in every round. She cruised through the first two rounds, swimming a 23.47 in round one and a 23.26 in round two. Finally, in round three, she blasted a 21.90 to beat runner-up Michaela De Villiers by nearly two seconds. Like the 100 fly, her 50 free time also would have made the ‘B’ final at NCAAs last year. MacNeil has been as fast as 21.17 in the 50 free, a time set at 2021 NCAAs when she took second to Kate Douglass by 0.04 seconds.

To close things off, MacNeil split 46.90 in the 400 free relay. That time almost matches her time at NCAAs last year in the same relay, when she split 46.80 to help Michigan take fourth. The fact that she went as fast as NCAAs both in-season and right after swimming another relay, a 100 fly, and three rounds of 50 frees bodes well for the rest of her season.

Earlier this year, MacNeil broke her elbow from slipping on deck at NCAAs. She did not race individual events at the World Championships due to mental health reasons, but won gold in the 100 fly at the Commonwealth Games.

On the men’s side, Brooks Curry had a few notable performances. He won the men’s 50 free skins, but took an opposite approach from MacNeil: going all-out in the first round and getting progressively slower in the next two. He started off with a 19.64 in round one, and then went 20.26 in round two and 21.29 in round three. In addition, he also anchored his mens’ 400 free relay in a time of 43.74.

Curry is currently the defending NCAA champion in the men’s 50 and 100 free, hold best times of 18.56 and 40.84 in the events respectively.

One swimmer that was missing from the intrasquad competition was Jade Hannah, who recently transferred to LSU from USC. Her absence from this event was due to a shoulder injury that she suffered in the weight room; one that head coach Bishop said was not serious, but they didn’t want to risk anything early on in the season.

All Other Individual Event Winners:

  • Women’s 500 free: Jolee Liles, 4:55.06
  • Men’s 500 free: Stuart Higdon, 4:28.47
  • Women’s 200 breast: Chloe Cheng, 2:20.30
  • Men’s 200 breast: Aaron Parrott, 2:06.90
  • Men’s 100 fly: Emil Hassling, 49.82
  • Women’s 200 back: Sarah-Grace Thompson, 2:02.31
  • Men’s 200 back: Nicholas Toepfer, 1:50.42
  • Women’s 200 free: Katarina Milutinovich, 1:49.15
  • Men’s 200 free: Andrew Garon, 1:39.43
  • Women’s 200 fly: Hannah Womer, 2:01.69
  • Men’s 200 fly: Gavin Rogers, 1:52.09
  • Women’s 100 breast: Abby Maoz, 1:02.83
  • Men’s 100 breast: Mitch Mason, 55.41
  • Women’s 100 back: Katarina Milutinovich, 55.22
  • Men’s 100 back: Griffin Curtis, 49.80
  • Women’s 200 IM: Hannah Womer, 2:04.30
  • Men’s 200 IM: David Boylan, 1:51.49

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12 days ago

Just cannot get over how fast people are now.

12 days ago

This could go down as the best September college swim of all time

Reply to  Meathead
11 days ago

I think Carson Foster went 3:35 in the 4 IM at their intrasqaud a year or two ago. Not sure if it was in September or October though.

12 days ago

Honestly excited for not only MacNeil, but all of LSU this year. The program looks like it could doing a slow grind upwards and I’m looking forward to it (esp on the side of the mens)

13 days ago

22.2 unsuited in September is quite unreal. We could see a 21.5 fly split from her come March. And I think we will see that 48.8 lowered come NCAA. Maggie back training w Bishop sounds like a lethal combo

Reply to  Observer
12 days ago

She has always performed well in very early season. First swim at Michigan unsuited was a school record.

13 days ago

Crazy that Maggie McNeil performed a relay split 46.90 100 yards FR this weekend, which still doesn’t beat a 17 year old kid’s flat start 100 LCM FR

Reply to  Yanyan Li
13 days ago

Could be wrong but I sincerely don’t think they meant it as a criticism of McNeil in the slightest, moreso just a dumfoundedness at how fast Popovici is. It is a pretty wild statistic given that we’re all quite impressed with McNeil’s split (and overall performance this weekend).

Reply to  Yanyan Li
13 days ago

I’m 99% sure this is just a s***post.

Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

A full 1% chance it’s not, really?

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
13 days ago

now that I compare the times, it’s pretty interesting how far behind the 100 back is compared to the other 3 strokes (comparing men’s 100 LCM to women’s 100 SCY).

46.86 is a great women’s 100 SCY time, 49.45 is a great 100 fly and 56.88 is a great 100 breast- all 3 would easily place top 4 any years NCAAs, while a 51.60 would’ve placed like near the bottom of B finals this past NCAA.

In the 200, women’s SCY is clearly faster for free breast and back but Milak’s 200 fly time would be a very elite women’s SCY time

Last edited 13 days ago by jeff
13 days ago

Why did she transfer to LSU?

Reply to  kazoo
13 days ago

Because Rick Bishop, who was her primary coach at Michigan, is now the head coach there.

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13 days ago

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Reply to  maximum mchuge
13 days ago

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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