Maggie MacNeil Becomes First Woman Under 49 in 100-Yard Butterfly – 48.89

2021 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Michigan junior Maggie MacNeil has broken the NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 100 butterfly, becoming the fastest woman in the event in history with a blazing fast 48.89.

She’s now the first woman under 49 seconds in this event, a remarkable achievement for the reigning World Champion in long course meters.

MacNeil previously was tied with former USC standout Louise Hansson for that record at 49.26, swimming that time at the Minnesota Invite in December 2019. We never got to see how she would’ve performed at the 2020 NCAA Championships, though, as they were canceled due to the onset of the pandemic.

In 2019, Hansson hit that 49.26 to win the NCAA title, as then-freshman MacNeil finished second in 49.66. During the 2019-20 season, her 49.26 led the nation.

SPLITS

  • 22.67
  • 26.22

MacNeil was the favorite in this event, but it seemed like Virginia’s Kate Douglass would make things a close race. MacNeil had no interest in that dynamic, however, shooting out to a lead at the first 50 turn, out in a skin-peeling 22.67. A miracle underwater specialist, MacNeil was back in 26.22, her second 50 also faster than any other swimmer in the field.

When she went 49.26 in December 2019, her splits were 23.27/25.99, so she was much more aggressive going out tonight.

Douglass finished second in the race in a new best of 49.55, holding her spot as the #6 performer in history.

MacNeil, who is favored to win the 100 fly this summer in Tokyo, is now .37 faster than any other woman in history in this event.

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Thirteenthwind
4 months ago

I remember when 49 was special.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Thirteenthwind
4 months ago

For men. Spitz, Doug Russell I think first to do it — breaking 50 was a huge barrier for men.

Swim life
4 months ago

Can someone teach the uva girls how to smile after a race? Jeez tough crowd

Walter
Reply to  Swim life
4 months ago

Really? You are probably one of those people who walk up to women and girls you don’t know and tell them to smile just for you. That’s harassment.

Swim life
Reply to  Walter
4 months ago

I am a woman don’t assume my gender

Walter
Reply to  Swim life
4 months ago

No one mentioned a gender. Women also tell people to smile when they have no idea what is going on. Other peoples’ facial expressions are not your concern.

Michael Phelps' Legendary Rips
Reply to  Walter
4 months ago

You need to loosen up, take a page out of 2009 Michael’s playbook

Morgana
Reply to  Swim life
4 months ago

It’s cause they know Todd is gonna be mad at them for not living up to the “HYPE!!!!! UVA ALL DAY”

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Swim life
4 months ago

They have no obligation to smile or be likable to you or behave according to your warped notions of propriety. Thanks.

Fan
4 months ago

So Maggie set American Record. Since she is Canadian, does that change anything in the record? Is it called an open record or ?

swimfan210_
Reply to  Fan
4 months ago

She now has the US Open/NCAA record, but not the American record.

Editor
Reply to  Fan
4 months ago

There are 3 relevant records here. The NCAA record. The fastest anyone has ever gone in NCAA competition in the event. Previously held by Hansson. Now held by MacNeil.
The US Open Record. The fastest anyone has ever gone on US soil in the event. This is effectively the “yards world record” as the US is the only place yards are a relevant distance. Previously held by Hansson. Now held by MacNeil.
The American record. The fastest any American has gone in the event. Previously held by Erika Brown. Still held by Erika Brown. MacNeil cannot break this record as she is not an American

Barry
Reply to  Andrew Mering
4 months ago

Technically, there are two records here. The Continental Record (which MacNeil owns and has owned for a while) and the US National Record (which MacNeil is ineligible for). We like to use American Record to refer to the latter but a lot of people outside of the US use it to mean the former. I guess that’s what happens when you name your country after a continent – you get ambiguities.

Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Fan
4 months ago

The announcer was incorrect when he said she broke the American record.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Mediocre Swammer
4 months ago

Yeah, Sam K was pulling a Rowdy & was simply just excited out of his gourd. Can’t blame him though! A smashing, spectacular swim.

Last edited 4 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Fan
4 months ago

I upvoted you because even the SwimSwam editors got this wrong. From Maggie MacNeil’s SS bio page:
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.”

Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

How long has it been since Canada has had a gold medal favourite heading into an Olympics??? The 80’s?
So proud!! 🇨🇦🇨🇦

PVSFree
Reply to  Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

Oleksiak was maybe the closest in 2016? She was on a rapid improvement curve and swimming FAST in the lead up to Rio. I think most people had her as a medal threat, but gold FAVORITE might’ve been a stretch when her events had Sjostrom and C Campbell

Dudeman
Reply to  PVSFree
4 months ago

Penny was definitely not a gold medal favourite going into Rio, she was believed to have an outside shot at a minor medal or maybe get some relay medals since the Canadian relays were (and still are) quite strong. Her 4 medals in Rio were very surprising for most

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

I remember Victor Davis. RIP.
Also Alex Baumann.
My Canadian grandmother used to save newspaper clippings of their accomplishments and mail them to me.

Last edited 4 months ago by BearlyBreathing
cynthia curran
Reply to  Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

Cool, for Canada. Very fast, like someone said in the 1960’s guys were aiming under 50 seconds.

NJones
Reply to  Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

No one had pegged Penny a good threat. She was barely 16 and part of a very young but promising🇨🇦 team that arguably over delivered in 2016. Maggie wasn’t even on that team but is now part of a large group of women who are legit medal threats:
Maggie 100fly
Sidney IMs and 2breast
Kylie Backstrokes
Taylor 100/200 frees and backs
Penny of course
Kelsey Wog breaststrokes
All 3 women’s relays
Hopefully a couple above will have everything fall into place and challenge for gold. Many podium possibilities and many depth swims them possibly even, making finals which in this day and age is incredibly tough on the women’s side.

Swim&Polo Dad
Reply to  Mrs. Swimming
4 months ago

Would have thought one of the Curling teams in the last winter Olympics was Canada’s last gold medal favorite.

Just kidding. Great swim and a great reason to be proud. Best of luck in Tokyo.

Mnswim
4 months ago

Holy moly!!

swimfin5
4 months ago

Impressive time, but why the hell is this meet so slow this year. Not ncaas for me

N P
Reply to  swimfin5
4 months ago

Guess you’re fun at swim meets…

Meeeeeee
Reply to  swimfin5
4 months ago

uh limited training, training stops, no fans, covid

Reilly
Reply to  swimfin5
4 months ago

It is almost like there is some event that has completely changed the world, ruined everyone’s training, and changed teams around completely. Weird.

Sun Yangs Hammer
4 months ago

👁👄👁

Penguin
4 months ago

…and she’s like 5’6″
big congrats! very impressive

Height specialist
Reply to  Penguin
4 months ago

She’s actually 5’7″. Don’t get that wrong.

Penguin
Reply to  Height specialist
4 months ago

As David Berkoff once said, “don’t believe everything you read on wikipedia”

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