McHugh Clocks NCAA-Leading 50.58 100 Breast, 22.53 Relay Split on Friday Night

Minnesota vs Northwestern vs Purdue vs Iowa

  • Friday & Saturday, January 28 & 29, 2022
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Live Results

Minnesota is hosting a Big Ten meet against Northwestern, Purdue, and Iowa this weekend, featuring two days of competition.

On the first night of the meet, Minnesota’s men pulled out a quick victory in the medley relay, fueled by a massive 22.53 breaststroke split from Max McHugh. It’s nothing we haven’t seen from McHugh before, but nonetheless, a 22.5 split from the NCAA champion is an eye-popping January swim. The Golden Gophers also had a great anchor split from Lucas Farrar, who posted a 19.13. Casey Stowe led the team off in 22.19, and Kaiser Neverman split 21.13 on fly, for a final time of 1:24.98. Purdue freshman Brady Samuels also made waves with his swim, splitting 20.27 on the fly leg of Purdue’s ‘A’ relay.

McHugh was stellar in the men’s 100 breast as well, taking the race handily with a blistering 50.58. The swim is only 0.40 seconds off his personal best of 50.18, which he swam to win the 100 breast at NCAAs last year. With the swim, McHugh also overtook Texas’ Caspar Corbeau as the top 100 breaststroker in the NCAA this season.

Jasmine Nocentini transferring to Northwestern for this season is paying dividends. The sophomore anchored Northwestern’s ‘A’ women’s 200 medley relay to victory in 21.48. She then went on to win the women’s 50 free in 21.92, out-touching teammate Maddie Smith (22.06). Nocentini also split 1:46.11 on the anchor of Northwestern’s 800 free relay.

Minnesota freshman Hannah Cornish clocked a new personal best to win the women’s 200 free, swimming a 1:46.09. She went toe-to-toe with Northwestern’s Ally Larson (1:46.89). The pair were just 0.03 seconds apart at the 100 turn, but Cornish was able to put together 27.06/26.99 splits on the final two 50s, while Larson was 27.29/27.50.

Northwestern’s Lola Mull had a massive personal best in the 1000 free, roaring to a 9:34.56. She also negative split the race slightly, splitting 4:47.36 on the first 500, and 4:47.20 on the 2nd. The swim was a lifetime best by just shy of 15 seconds. Minnesota freshman Eliot Kennedy also swam a personal best, taking 2nd in 9:51.13. Kennedy split 4:51.14 on the opening 500 of the race, which is under her personal best in the 500 free as well.

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PFA
7 months ago

Now I’m curious what max was at the first 25 Of the 50 relay split?

POI
Reply to  PFA
7 months ago

10.15

Pichael Mhelps
7 months ago

Ah yeah, yards. (yawn)

rulerkingg
Reply to  Pichael Mhelps
7 months ago

maybe the rest of the world should swim yards, since we work everyone every olympics

Rafael
Reply to  rulerkingg
7 months ago

You really showed the australians.. ops

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Rafael
7 months ago

Why, as a matter of fact, yes!

United States 11 10 9 30

Australia 9 3 8 20

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Rafael
7 months ago

yes, we do: 30 medals vs. 20 – PS: more golds, too!

harambe
Reply to  Pichael Mhelps
7 months ago

I’m sorry you don’t speak freedom units

ArtVanDeLegh10
7 months ago

There’s no real good reason to rest for a meet in January. More than likely they were suited. And we’ve all seen how fast you can swim in season with fast suits on.

monsterbasher
7 months ago

SUB 22. I WANNA SEE IT!

iLikePsych
7 months ago

I wanna see how he’d fare in the NFL

Big Mac #1
Reply to  iLikePsych
7 months ago

C’mon son

Snarky
Reply to  iLikePsych
7 months ago

He’d smash Tom Brady!

applesandoranges
7 months ago

Really wish he could get it done in the long pool.

wow
Reply to  applesandoranges
7 months ago

He broke 1:00 this summer – which was a great start. I think he’s on the right track.

Scotty P
7 months ago

On the Brett Hawke podcast he talks about how he’s transitioning to more power and exposure training from a start of hypertrophy in the weight room. Looks like it’s paying off.

Swimswam monopoly
Reply to  Scotty P
7 months ago

Max is legit 🦍, but podcaster Hawke is a joke.🥴

Alex Dragovich
Reply to  Swimswam monopoly
7 months ago

Disagree re: Hawke, he really gets into the “athlete’s mindset” and training methods in ways that are very engaging.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Scotty P
7 months ago

He also said “hyper-trophy” as in, “hyperdrive” and “Lombardi trophy” which got a hearty chuckle from me.

(I picked up the meathead pronunciation recently, it’s also dumb.)

Scotty P
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

I am a shameless meat head.
Gonna go do some curls now.

Former Big10
7 months ago

Hmm.. some pretty rested swims. Wonder if they’re going for individual cuts now, since there’s no reality where either team wins conference, and getting a larger training block (compared to other years) for NCAA’s.
I hope…

Taa
Reply to  Former Big10
7 months ago

Those two gals should have went after 1650 cuts instead of the 1000