Minnesota Swimmers Max McHugh and Nick Saulnier Injured in Shooting

The University of Minnesota’s Max McHugh and Nick Saulnier were shot in very early hours of Saturday morning in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SwimSwam has confirmed. They sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

A bullet penetrated the inside of McHugh’s right leg just above the knee, and Saulnier in the elbow, a source said. A report from The Star Tribune from Saturday includes a description of a shooting matching the circumstances of McHugh and Saulnier’s. The Tribune reports that a shooting in Minneapolis occurred at approximately 1:17 a.m. Saturday morning, and two men in their 20s were sitting on a curb when someone started shooting, hitting them in the knee and arm. According to that report, the “police, citing witnesses, said the incident was preceded by an altercation at a nearby restaurant.” The Tribune did not name the victims in that shooting.

Update: the Tribune report was not specific as to whether or not the two victims of the shooting were involved in the alleged altercation, but the family of Max McHugh has indicated that the athletes were not involved in any altercations that night.

There were three shootings within three hours, presumed to be unrelated, in Minneapolis in the early Saturday. A man was killed in one of the instances, and no arrests have been made in regard to any of the three, according to the Tribune’s report.

UPDATE: The Minnesota Athletic Department gave SwimSwam the following statement:

“Two members of the Minnesota men’s swimming team were in downtown Minneapolis this weekend when they were struck by stray gunfire. The individuals had recently ordered a pizza and were waiting on a ride home when the incident occurred. They received treatment at a local hospital and were released. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and head coach Kelly Kremer have communicated with both student-athletes and they are recovering.”

McHugh, a Wisconsin native, is a member of the 2018-2019 U.S. Junior National Team and became a multi-time All-American in his freshman season, finishing third in the 100 breast (50.52) and second in the 200 ((1:49.41) at the 2019 NCAA Championships in March; he was also on the Gophers’ 10th-place 400 medley relay (3:04.70). McHugh was the 2018 Wisconsin High School Swimmer of the Year

Saulnier just completed his junior season with the Gophers, where he was a part of the team’s fifth-place 800 free relay at the Big Ten Championships. He was also 14th in the 200 free (1:35.72) and 200 back (1:44.47) individually. Saulnier was an NCAA relay qualifier as a sophomore and was named Most Improved Swimmer by his teammates as a freshman. He is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In This Story

157
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
157 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dylan
2 years ago

Dude what

Pvdh
Reply to  Dylan
2 years ago

Very Scary

Swimirelandmemes
2 years ago

Jesus hope everyone’s g

Momof2
2 years ago

That’s so awful! Thank god they’re physically going to be ok.

CraigH
2 years ago

Jesus

Swimming4silver
2 years ago

didn’t know minneapolis was that bad…at least they’re OK.

Anonymous
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Minneapolis has changed

12VOLT
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Minneapolis is fine, especially where this occurred. They were in the North Loop section of town, which is known for its trendy, higher-end restaurants and more pricey condos/apartments.

Now, if this had been downtown at the time of night …. I’d be less surprised.

Guy
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

It’s run by a Democrat’s, of course it’s “that bad”

Mike
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

It’s people that think like your comment suggests that are putting this country in a bad place. Two kids get shot and you blame it on the other political part.

Guy
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

I was addressing the state of affairs in Minneapolis which is the comment I was replying to, not specifically about the 2 boys getting shot. Please try to follow along.

Mike
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

You were stating that it is a dangerous place because Democrats are in charge which is a delusional statement and consistent with the rediculous state of the current political climate.

Guy
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Ok, name a place run by Democrats that IS safe 🤔. Baltimore? Chicago? New York? New Orleans? Memphis?

And I haven’t seen you go off on other commenters making this about gun rights. You have a lot of catching up to do to prevent your hypocrisy from shinning through. Again, his comment was about Minneapolis, not the 2 boys and that’s what I was responding to.

Swammer
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Detroit

Mike
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

I pointed out that you are blaming societal problems on one party. This is clearly delusional and contrary to the welfare of all. There is no hipocracy there. I have made no comment on the behalf of any ideology. While gun control is definitely a partisan issue, I happen to know people with strongly divergent views in both parties.

That all said, I apologize for subverting part of this comment section from the serious incident that this boys experienced.

Bossanova
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Guy, it is so incredibly low of you to use this tragedy to push your anti-democrat narrative. I would say you should be ashamed but who am I kidding you’re probably not capable of shame.

Chest Rockwell
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

NY is safe, you gotta be kidding me. NY isn’t even in the top 25 according to this https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/experience/america/2018/10/17/25-most-dangerous-cities-america/1669467002/, and there seems to be a real mix of red and blue in there. The whole country is $/)-&;^ up, don’t think for second red states are better.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Anytime someone uses NY as a “not safe” place in this type of argument it is a clear red flag they have no clue what they’re talking about. Guy’s vision of NY is probably based on a Hollywood depiction that is 30 years out of date, which should give an indication of the rest of his arguments.

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Dude, have you ever even been to a city?

Doconc
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

It’s a factual statement. Crime is by far highest in solid blue cities

It's Math Folks
Reply to  Doconc
2 years ago

San Diego- run by republicans- check out the crime rate

Resist
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Too bad there isn’t one damn website one can go without someone attempting to divide people politically. Guy, you are part of the problem.

I hope these swimmers get well and that this was an isolated issue.

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

@Guy bruh I lean right but you can’t just go around throwing politics in everyone’s faces.

Jay Swimmer
Reply to  Guy
2 years ago

Sir this is a website for swimming news, please take this nonsense elsewhere

Swammer
2 years ago

Bruh. Terrible for McHugh if it got his knee. It’s still probably going to affect his breastroke as he recovers.

Yah
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

He’s probably pretty happy being alive.

SkiSki
Reply to  Yah
2 years ago

Now that’s some good motivation right there

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Opportunity for one helluva comeback story.

Accurate reader
2 years ago

Um, okay

Heyitsme
2 years ago

Dang. Hope they get well soon

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

Read More »