McHugh Pops 52.9/1:56.8 Breast Sweep as Minnesota Men and Women Top USC


  • Jan. 17, 2020
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  1. Minnesota, 136
  2. USC, 126


  1. Minnesota, 149
  2. USC, 113

The Minnesota men and women each earned a victory on the road Friday as they won their dual meet with USC. This was USC’s first meet after head coach Dave Salo announced that this would be his last season in charge of the Trojans.

Tevyn Waddell pulled off a winning triple for the women, starting with a backstroke sweep. She was dominant there, posting a 54.55 in the 100 back and a 1:58.83 in the 200 back. Waddell later battled with USC’s Tatum Wade in the 200 IM. She led through the front half before Wade took over on the breast leg. Waddell kicked it into another gear on freestyle, though, coming back to win the race 2:01.31 to 2:01.40.

Lindsey Kozelsky swept the breaststrokes (1:00.47/2:13.21) for Minnesota, while teammate Abbey Kilgallon swept the distance freestyles (4:54.03/9:58.97).

USC also got a winning double from Laticia Transom, who raced with teammate Marta Ciesla to combine for a sprint sweep. Ciesla got the upper hand in the 50 free, 22.92 to 23.07. Transom turned the tables in the 100 free, though, clipping Ciesla 50.10 to 50.14 at the finish. Transom also won the 200 free (1:49.18) earlier in the session.

On the men’s side, Minnesota’s Max McHugh dominated the 100 breast in 52.93, touching over 3 seconds faster than anyone else. He was even more dominant in the 200 breast with the only sub-2:00, hitting the wall in 1:56.84. Teammate Cameron Kelley swept the distance races (4:29.71/9:20.64), while Matthew Thomas swept the butterflies (48.71/1:49.37).

Alexei Sancov brought home a pair of wins for USC. In the 200 free, he came from behind on the back half to top Minnesota’s Tim Sates 1:38.07 to 1:38.59. Sancov returned to win the 200 IM in 1:50.81.


MINNEAPOLIS – The RV/No. 24 Minnesota swimming & diving program secured an upset sweep of No. 20/9 USC on Friday afternoon, as both the men and women claimed impressive victories against their Pac-12 Conference foes.

By the time it was all said and done, the Maroon and Gold won 16 of the dual’s 28 events, including 15 individual victories from nine different Gophers.

Women | Gophers 136 – Trojans 126

Sophomore Abbey Kilgallon jumpstarted the memorable day for the Gophers, winning the 1000 free with a time of 9:58.97. Minnesota placed one-two in the event, as Abbey Erwin touched the wall after Kilgallon to obtain second (10:14.50).

Just minutes later, senior Tevyn Waddell put the finishing touches on her first of three victories in the meet, winning the 100 back (54.55). Waddell’s performance marked another one-two result for the Gophers, with Emily Cook coming in second place (55.75).

Waddell also won the 200 back, speeding her way to a 1:58.83 time. It was ultimately a one-two-three sweep in the 200 back for the Maroon and Gold, as Patricia Van Law (2:01.76) and Cook (2:02.20) took the second and third spots.

The senior’s third win of the afternoon came in the 200 IM, which Waddell swam in 2:01.31.

After dominating the 1000 free earlier in the meet, Kilgallon powered Minnesota to a one-two-three-four finish in the 500 free.

Kilgallon’s winning time came in at 4:54.03, with Kate Sullivan touching shortly behind at 4:54.23. Erwin rounded out the sweep in third place (4:58.33), while Kelli McCarthy took fourth.

Senior Lindsey Kozelsky swept the 100 and 200 breast events on Friday, registering respective times of 1:00.47 and 2:13.21. In the 100 breast, Kozelsky led the charge in a dominant one-two-three-four finish, with the sweep being a signature moment in the soon-to-be upset.

Men | Gophers 149 – Trojans 113

Things might have begun even better for the Gopher men, as the afternoon kicked off with a big win in the 200 medley relay (1:29.07). The team of Gavin OlsonMax McHughTuomas Pokkinen and Matthew Thomas combined to produce the winning time for the U.

Minnesota won the first two events of the night, thanks to Cameron Kelley, who touched first in the 1000 free (9:20.64). Kelley would also win the 500 free later in the dual with a time of 4:29.71.

As the upset began to take form for the Gophers, McHugh added fuel to the flame with a win in the 100 breast (52.93). McHugh would go on to sweep the breaststroke events following his first place finish in the 200 breast (1:56.84).

In both of McHugh’s victories, junior Eitan Yudashkin earned second place. Yudashkin delivered a 56.16 time in the 100 breast and a 2:03.03 mark in the 200 breast.

Senior Matthew Thomas also added two individual victories during the meet. The first came in the form of the 200 fly, which Thomas completed in 1:49.37. The Hollister, Calif. native won the 100 fly later in the dual, touching the wall in 48.71.

Also instrumental in Friday’s win over USC were junior Tim Sates and Olson. The former placed first in the 100 free (45.63), while the latter hauled in the top spot in the 200 back (1:48.44)

Senior Tevyn Waddell led the Gophers with three individual victories against USC. Overall, Minnesota saw nine swimmers combine for 15 individual first place finishes, as well as a key win in the men’s 200 medley relay.

“This was such a great way to finish up our training trip,” said senior associate head coach Terry Ganley. “This group has put in solid training and come away with victories over Hawaii and USC — and now are so well prepared for the championship season.”

Up Next
The Maroon and Gold have next weekend off before trekking to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue and Northwestern in a Big Ten Conference tri-dual (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).


Sophomores Laticia Transom and Alexei Sancov each posted a pair of wins against Minnesota as the Trojans fell to the Gophers on Friday (Jan. 17) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, as USC resumed the 2019-2020 schedule.

The Trojan women fall to 4-1 overall but remain unbeaten in the Pac-12. The men are now 0-3 on the season. The Gophers defeated the USC women’s squad 136-126. On the men’s side, the Trojans lost by 36 points.
Transom kicked off the meet with a win for the Trojans in the 200y free (1:49.18). Tatum Wade rounded out the USC 1-2 finish with a 1:50.07. Sancov took the event on the men’s side with a 1:38.07. Dom Margarino finished third in 1:39.13.

Jack Kirby championed the 100y back in 49.63, bringing in major points for the USC men’s team.

Marta Ciesla (22.92) led the USC sweep in the 50y free. Laticia Transom (23.07) and Jemma Schlicht (23.49) completed the USC 1-2-3 finish. Trojan senior Nikola Miljenic (20.60) led the USC sweep in the men’s 50y free. Joao Ama (21.12) took second, Thomas Finello third (21.17) and Jan Collazo Torres finished fourth (21.30).

In the 200y fly Catherine Sanchez out-touched teammate Louise Hansson by less than a second to record a Trojan 1-2 finish. Jackson Odgers (1:49.77) and Mark Jurek (1:52.59) finished 2-4.

The USC women’s sprint squad also impressed in both the 100y free and 100y fly. Transom (50.10), Ciesla (50.14) and Schlicht (50.88) finished 1-2-3 in the 100y free. In the 100y fly, Hansson (53.66) led the Trojan sweep followed by Schlicht (54.21) and Sanchez (55.24) who finished 2-3.

Sancov picked up his second individual win of the night in the 200y IM posting a 1:50.81. Tatum Wade missed first by .09 in the 200y IM, finishing in 2:01.40.

The Women of Troy swept both the 200y medley and free relays. The men finished just shy of first place in the 200y medley relay but took the 200 free relay.

USC divers were also in action at the Bruin Diving Invitational Friday. Trojan Henry Fusaro took second in the men’s 3-meter with a combined 723.50, 362.20 coming from prelims. Freshman George Korovin came in sixth with 664.60. Senior Brad Dalrymple finished 12th with 591.60.

Freshman Nike Agunbiade led the Trojan women on 1-meter, taking fourth with 574.30, 291.90 coming in prelims. Senior Carly Souza finished in the top 18 with 511.45.

Action continues for the Trojan Divers Sat. (Jan. 18) at the Spieker Aquatics Center. Saturday features women’s 3-meter and men’s platform. The event concludes Sunday with women’s platform and men’s 1-meter.

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3 years ago

USC swam like their coach just quit on them

3 years ago

Minnesota swim training is still olde School through goal 50s.
Dennis & Jean Freeman spirit stares down at , this pool. Hi gophers

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3 years ago

What are you trying to say here? Proofreading helps communication

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