Maggie MacNeil Crushes Fastest 50 Back in History at Big Tens – 23.05


Michigan sophomore Maggie MacNeil dropped the fastest 50 back by a female swimmer in history tonight. Leading off Michigan’s 200 medley relay to kick off the 2020 B1G Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, MacNeil unleashed a 23.05, taking down the previous best swim ever, a 23.36 from Cal alumna Rachel Bootsma.

Last year at NCAAs, Mizzou’s Haley Hynes was 23.52 in prelims and 23.66 in finals, though nobody else was under 23.8. Tonight, MacNeil was nearly a full second better than the rest of the field.

MacNeil, in only her second yards season ever, is quickly becoming one of the most prolific yards sprinters in history. As for Michigan’s medley relay lineup, butterfly transfer Olivia Carter was left off of this one; she was 23.57 on Georgia’s medley relay last year at NCAAs, but Claire Maiocco was 23.64 just now for Michigan. Carter, meanwhile, is a strong freestyler and is probably being saved for the other four relays.

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1 year ago

Well damn

1 year ago

Oh my goodness that’s incredible, I cant wait for her 100 fly!

1 year ago

Wonder if she’ll swim 100 back at Canadian Olympic Trials… For context, Rachel Bootsma (who’s record she just broke) was 59.1 LCM during US 2012 trials.

Reply to  COVFEFE
1 year ago

Good context. And what’s more, MacNeil, while great underwater, has already proven to be generally better in long course than Boostma. So…58 seems quite possible?

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

… dare we say… 57? After her 100fly improvement last year, who knows!

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Also good context is regan smith rapid improvement in the 100 fly as well ( on top of her 200 fly) in Tokyo I believe it’s gonna be Smith for gold, MacNeil for silver and tori huskie for bronze

Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

umm sjostrom???

Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

Incredible disrespect to Sjostrom here
And MacNeil too

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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