Mackenzie Padington Won’t Return To Minnesota In The Fall Of 2020

Two-time Canadian World Championship team member Mackenzie Padington will not be returning to Minnesota for the 2020-21 NCAA season.

Padington, who is taking an Olympic redshirt for the current college campaign, announced her decision on Instagram on Monday night.

This year Padington, who will be entering her junior season in September, has been training at the High Performance Center – Victoria which will shut down after the 2020 Olympics. In an Instagram comment, she did indicate she would be returning to the NCAA.

As a sophomore, the now 20-year-old Padington finished third at NCAAs in both the 500 and 1650 free and was Minnesota’s second-leading scorer with 32 individual points.

A 2018 Pan Pac bronze medalist in the women’s 4×200 free relay, Padington will have a great shot at making her first Olympic team in April (Trials are Mar.30-Apr.5). At the 2019 World Championship Trials, she placed first in the women’s 400, 800 and 1500 free.

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Old swimmer
3 years ago

This is a huge blow for Minnesota! This swim team just can’t seem to catch a break. Why is she leaving? What is wrong with Minnesota, other than it is not Stanford, Cal or Virginia?

Reply to  Old swimmer
3 years ago

Sounds like a big reason is that her distance coach left the program.

Reply to  Greg
3 years ago

But Kostoff replaced her so there’s that.

Reply to  Old swimmer
3 years ago

I find nothing “wrong” with Minnesota. Their coaching staff is second to none, great facilities, consistently top 15 at NCAA (women), B1G university prestige, etc. All that said, Minnesota doesn’t try to “wow” anyone— they just do their thing, quietly put in the work, and show up come championship season. And that’s really different from a lot of top 15/top 20 teams. Kremer, Ganley, and co. don’t seem to draw a ton of big names, but holy cow can they develop them (Danielle and Chantal Nack, Bowe Becker, Haley Spencer, David Plummer). All that to say, Minnesota seems to have a different approach, and maybe Padington doesn’t love that. And that’s just fine! She’s a truly remarkable athlete and I… Read more »

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3 years ago

My bet would be Denver.

Reply to  swammer
3 years ago

That would makes sense because her distance coach from Minn is now head coach at Denver! There are always two sides to the story when someone transfers.

3 years ago

Michigan might be a good program for her

B1G Daddy
Reply to  Swimz14
3 years ago

First place I thought of with best Canadian swimmer already there.

Lane 8
3 years ago

Wow. Many great opportunities, but also a huge hit for the Gophers.

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Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Meat
3 years ago

Geez. You guys are like peak “STATE-MENT” now.

3 years ago

Check out her updates Instagram post where she says she is staying in the NCAA

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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