Max McHugh Lights It Up, Monona Grove Dominates Wisconsin D2 Champs


  • Friday, February 16th, 2018
  • UW Natatorium, Madison, WI
  • Results

Max McHugh‘s performances highlighted the Wisconsin Division II Championships last weekend, as the Sturgeon Bay Co-Op senior dominated every time he dove in.

McHugh’s first swim was the 200 medley relay, where he split a 23.16 on the breaststroke leg– he was the fastest split, of any stroke, on his own relay. He also out-split every single other butterfly leg at the meet, all but one backstroke leg (Monona Grove‘s Erik Storms, who was 23.06), and a good chunk of the freestyle legs. He also would’ve out-split most of the breaststroke legs at the 2017 NCAA Championships in finals.

Sturgeon Bay wound up third in 1:38.46, as Monona Grove won in 1:34.85 and Edgewood took 2nd in 1:37.95.

McHugh then broke two state records with his following individual swims, going 20.34 to win the 50 free and then dropping a 51.62 in the 100 breast to break the national high school record and the 17-18 national age group record. Reece Whitley took back the national overall HS record after McHugh broke it last Friday, and set a new NAG record as well, but McHugh still holds the national public HS record in the 100 breast.

Monona Grove, the team winner of the meet, was carried by performances from Ben McDade and Eric Storms. McDade won the 200 free (1:40.32) and the 500 free (4:32.54), while Storms took the 100 back (50.18) and was 2nd in the 100 fly (49.65). The winner in that 100 fly, Ben Hayes of Brown Deer/University School was just three hundredths ahead at 49.62.

Hayes also won the 200 IM, going 1:50.28 to win by two seconds over Edgewood’s Truman teDuits (1:52.50), as teDuits went on to win the 100 free (46.96).

Monona Grove was unmatched at the team level. They won the 200 and 400 free relays, with McDade splitting a 20.65 on the 200 relay and a 45.60 anchor on the 400 relay, and won the state title easily.


  1. Monona Grove 333
  2. Edgewood 191
  3. Ashwaubenon 174
  4. Lakeland Union 143.50
  5. Elkhorn Area 136.50
  6. Sturgeon Bay Co-op 135
  7. Baraboo 119
  8. Brown Deer/Univ School of Milw 110
  9. Plymouth 100
  10. McFarland 91

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Uh oh idk if Indiana will like those Ben Mcdade times

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I would think he’s looking to NCSAs for his big meet this season, no real reason for him to come down too much for this meet


Ya Ben just went 4:25 500. Nice 2+ second drop. I’m sure Indiana likes those times.


Can someone explain to me why private schools and public schools have separate records for individual events? I understand keeping the relays separate


Uh…23.16?? Is that the fastest breast relay split ever recorded by a high schooler?


He split 22.6 or 22.7 a couple of weeks ago


Pad error. He was around 23.3 or so.

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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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