McHugh Brothers Battle in 200 Breast, Beata Nelson Hits PR in Minneapolis


  • July 18-21, 2019
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • LCM
  • Results (Meet Mobile): ‘2019 MN UOFM Speedo Section 1’

In a battle of the brothers, Max McHugh took down older brother Conner McHugh in the men’s 200 breast tonight in Minneapolis. Max, a rising sophomore with the University of Minnesota, clocked a 2:14.00 to take the win by over a second, as older brother Conner finished behind him at 2:15.17. Max was just eight hundredths off of his lifetime best, while Conner was almost three seconds off of his.

Lily Borgenheimer of Chippewa Valley YMCA clocked a 2:36.58 to win the women’s 200 breast. She was much faster, though, in prelims (2:34.06).

16-year-old Connor Boyle of Fox Valley Swim Team had the fastest men’s 100 free time of the day in 50.75 during prelims, while Matt Novinski of Wisconsin Aquatics took the win in finals (50.98). That time is a huge drop for Boyle, as he came into the meet with a personal best of 52.13 from last year’s NCSA Summer Championships. Now at 50.75, he shoots to 23rd all-time in the 15-16 age group.

On the women’s side, another 16-year-old, Delta Aquatics’ Grace Cooper, took the 100 free win at 55.76 over rising University of Wisconsin senior Beata Nelson. This morning, Cooper’s 56.00 was a lifetime best by .17 to rank 49th in the 15-16 age group, and she now ranks in a tie for 33rd with New Trier Aquatics’ Carly Novelline, a 15-year-old also from Illinois. Nelson, representing Wisconsin Aquatics, shaved just over a tenth off of her lifetime best to take 2nd in 55.84; her old best of 55.99 was from June of 2019.

In the men’s 200 fly, Wisconsin Aquatics’ Joseph Milinovich took the win in 2:02.60. Second place belonged to Matthew Gibson of the YWCA Flying Fish; the 15-year-old shot to a lifetime best of 2:03.71 after coming into the meet with a 2:05.40 lifetime best, and he’s now punched his ticket to Junior Nationals later this summer. In the women’s 200 fly, it was Schroeder YMCA’s Hannah Saiz to the wall first in 2:13.59.

For the distance events, the 800 free was contested on the men’s and women’s sides. For the men, Linn-Mar Swim Team’s Dylan Moffatt clocked an 8:16.24 for a whopping 13-second drop. Rachel Stege of the Fox Valley Swim Team continues to drop time– she lopped three seconds off of her best to finish first in 8:48.32. The 16-year-old came into 2019 with a best of 9:13.12, dropped down to 8:55 in June, 8:51 last weekend at the Illinois Senior Champs, and is now past the 8:50 barrier.

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Max Mchugh can be a 49 low 1:47 low, 57 and 2:09 breaststroker

Cody Miller’s Double Dolphin

He’ll find a way to mess it up


Dude split 49 in a relay ALREADY AS A FRESHMAN and is 50 low. Monster pullouts and his stroke can only get better

Cody Miller’s Double Dolphin

Whitley will beat him, no doubt

Muddy Canary

Just like at NCAA’s, right…? No offense to Reese, he is a great swimmer, but I like McHugh’s ceiling more. Especially for LCM, as it seems Max is just getting into heavy metres training.


I’ve seen what Max does in training the guy’s a beast. He should be on everyone’s radar as a dark horse to make the Olympic team

Ol' Longhorn

Agree, except if he’s going to be a 2:09 breastroker, he ought to just focus on trying to be a 56 breastroker. The US could sure use one.


don’t forget Dahlgren won the 200 fly prelims in sub 2 minutes.


He didn’t win. He got his OC cut in prelims and scratched the final.

Muddy Canary

Dahlgren had a great 200 fly… Wonder how rested he is. He has national team potential in a couple events.


With visible beard, I don’t think he’s rested or shaved for this meet.

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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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