Max McHugh Blasts Fastest Ever 22.51 Breast Split On Medley Relay


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Minnesota freshman standout Max McHugh hit the NCAA A cut in the 100 breast at the Hawkeye Invite last night, posting a 51.73, but his fastest performance came in the men’s 200 medley relay. McHugh blasted a 22.51 breast split on Minnesota’s 200 medley relay, with the relay ultimately being DQ’d, but the reason for the DQ isn’t stated in the results. *we’ve now received confirmation that the DQ was due the lead-off leg kicking out past 15 meters, meaning the DQ in no way affected the accuracy of McHugh’s split*

If the disqualification was unrelated to McHugh’s leg of the relay, that split stands as the fastest breast split ever. By our research, Carsten Vissering of USC has the previous fastest breast split on a medley relay, with a 22.58 from NCAAs last season. McHugh is known for stunningly fast breast splits, as some of you may remember, he made waves after splitting 22.69 at his high school sectional meet in Wisconsin earlier this year.

In addition to being the fastest split ever, McHugh’s split was actually faster than all but 2 of the backstroke lead-off splits from the 200 medley relay at the Hawkeye Invite.

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I don’t think this is the fastest split ever. Try Peter Stevens and/or Will Licon from two years ago.
It was a fast split and I believe accurate as I saw it live

At 2017 NCAAs, Licon was 22.91, Stevens was 23.11.

We reported Vissering’s 22.58 last year as what we believed to be the fastest ever, and 8 months later, nobody has found one faster:




But I thought his 22+ split last year was “fake news” 🤔🤔🤔


Hopefully there is better video this time around


Looked like a bad dq on the freestyle leg from the splits most likely. RT of .33 for McHugh too if the #s are right.

Arthur S

Unfortunate the freestyler DQ for sure.