MacNeil Sees Massive Time Drop, Moves To #2 In The World In 100 Fly

2019 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

Coming off a personal best and a World Championship qualifying swim in the 100 free last night, Maggie MacNeil had another sensational performance tonight in the women’s 100 fly.

Holding a best time of 58.38 from the Junior Pan Pacs last summer, MacNeil used an incredible back half of 29.88 to soar past early leaders Rebecca Smith and Penny Oleksiak and win in a time of 57.04.

That moves her into second in the world for the 2018-19 season, trailing none other than world record holder Sarah Sjostrom by just .01. She is also now the 21st fastest performer in history, and third among Canadians behind Oleksiak (56.46) and Noemie Thomas (57.02).

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 100 FLY

2Sarah
SJOSTROM
SWE56.207/22
3Emma
McKEON
AUS56.6104/22
4Marie
WATTEL
FRA57.0007/21
5Brianna
THROSSELL
AUS57.0207/21
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Coming off of her freshman year with Michigan, she attributes her training in yards to her long course success.

“I think definitely it has to do with yards and all the great training and coaching I get at school,” she said post-race. 

Smith edged Oleksiak for second in 58.30, qualifying her for the Worlds team after narrowly missing in the 100 free last night. Oleksiak was third in 58.61.

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Northern SwimParent
1 year ago

go maggie!!!!!!!

NOFLYKICK
1 year ago

‘definitely becoming a big fan of this swimmer – a stunning freshman NCAA season and now dropping some impressive times LCM.

Canadian Swimmer
1 year ago

I’ve watched this race a few times now (last night’s finals session is available in its entirety at CBC Sports) and it’s been as entertaining at the last as it was at the first. Such a great swim. Well done, Maggie!

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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