Updated: Maggie MacNeil Says Transfer Portal Entry is an Error

UPDATE: After publishing, MacNeil reached out to SwimSwam to say that the new entry for her into the NCAA Transfer Portal, dated May 26, is an error and that she did not initiate re-entry into the portal, and that this was an error from the Michigan athletics department. SwimSwam has reached out to both Cal and Michigan to ask how an athlete could be unintentionally added to the portal. MacNeil declined to elaborate on whether that meant she was staying at Cal. Generally, names remain in the transfer portal with their original date even after an athlete has committed to a new program. The “initiated date” and “Last updated” dates on MacNeil’s entry were both updated on Thursday.

Reporting below has been updated.

Olympic gold medalist Maggie MacNeil’s name has been re-entered in the NCAA Transfer Portal, dated May 26, but she says that is an error.

The entry comes a day after Cal head women’s swimming & diving coach Teri McKeever was put on an administrative leave of absence yesterday. MacNeil is currently in Barcelona competing at a stop of the Mare Nostrum Swim Series.

MacNeil swam her first four years of NCAA competition at the University of Michigan. Before her senior season with the Wolverines, MacNeil said that she would explore a transfer after her senior season to use her bonus 5th year of eligibility that was afforded to all athletes who competed in the 2020-2021 collegiate season.

In March, shortly after the NCAA Championships, MacNeil announced that her destination would be Cal.

The situation has changed rapidly at Cal since then, however. First, assistant coach Dani Korman resigned and was replaced by former Dartmouth head coach Jesse Moore, and then this week, a bombshell report cited at least 19 current and former Cal swimmers who said that they suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of McKeever.

In her prior round of recruitment, MacNeil indicated to coaches that it was important for her to train with a single-gender women’s program. SwimSwam has reached out to MacNeil for comment.

Entering the transfer portal does not require an athlete to transfer. Instead, it gives them more flexibility and options to discuss the possibility of transferring with other coaches.

Cal had two athletes announce incoming transfers earlier this month as well: former Florida State breaststroker Nina Kucheran, and former Arizona breaststroker Jade Nasser. Neither has re-entered the transfer portal as of yet or responded to questions about how the McKeever news impacts their decisions.

MacNeil is the defending Olympic Champion in the 100 meter butterfly. In 2021, she was the NCAA Champion in both the 100 yard fly and 100 yard free, and she also finished 2nd in the 50 free. Her 48.89 in the 100 yard fly from the 2021 NCAA Championships remains the fastest in history.

As a senior, she finished 3rd in the 50 free, 3rd in the 100 fly, and 10th in the 100 free. While at those NCAA Championships, she slipped on deck and fractured her elbow. She still swam at the Canadian Trials in April, but has announced that she will focus on relays at the World Championships.

This week in Barcelona, she still swam within three-tenths of her lifetime best in the 100 meter free.

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1 month ago

How does the portal work in MM’s case? Is it someone at Mich who still has to RE-enter MM in the portal? She hasn’t walked onto Cal’s deck to swim, has she? so I’m assuming Mich compliance has to trigger something with her status in the portal. Maybe they had to do that somehow but did it too soon or somewhat inaccurately. Or just based on MM asking Mich her options once she tried to switch her commitment. Or maybe MM sent an email stating her intention to get out of Cal for her 5th year and compliance had no choice. Doesn’t mean she’s going back to Mich. i agree stanford makes sense. Probably didn’t go there in first place… Read more »

1 month ago

Run maggie run

Reply to  Kat
1 month ago

stay Maggie stay–at Michigan that is. Other than if the culture is dramatically changed (Possibly by the number of transfers) I don’t know how she could argue with either her swim success or the level of grad school.

Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

I really don’t think she wants to stay at Michigan. It could be different case if Bishop is still there.

1 month ago

How can you get access to the transfer portal database?

Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Be a coach

1 month ago

NCSU has amazing grad programs. Imagine Berkoff Podmonakova Alons McNeill!?

cynthia curran
Reply to  Snarky
1 month ago

Actually, its true. You would make more money in North Carolina than California with cost of living adjustments. The Bay Aera costs you almost 2 million for a tract house versus about 450,000 in places like Raleigh. If she wants to go back to Canada to live, NCSU doesn’t have bad programs. People here just pushed the Ca schools while in fact Massachusetts even does better than the Ca schools but doesn’t have hot swim programs. There are other factors than just how schools are rank.

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 month ago

sure NCSU is “not bad” but Cal is one of the best universities in the world, along with having a very strong swim program

Gaglianone’s Boot
1 month ago


Michael Andrew #1
1 month ago

Kinda odd she reached out a day after the Teri situation. Go to Stanford and get a sick graduate degree!

Last edited 1 month ago by Michael Andrew #1
Reply to  Michael Andrew #1
1 month ago

She may have not known she was re-entered into it and this initial article made her know

Reply to  Michael Andrew #1
1 month ago

A couple women have tried to grad transfer to Stanford but it’s too hard to get in, plus their admissions cycle is early (she would’ve had to apply to their grad school early last year)

Reply to  Tim
1 month ago

or there might not be a program she wants to enter…..

1 month ago

Lol to Bottom possibly putting her name back in the portal hoping maybe she’ll transfer back. Love the hustle, Mike. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

Someone else can just put you out on the portal seems like people could mess with this in a bad way.

Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Bottom can’t put ANYONE’s name in the portal from what I understand about it. It has to be done by compliance staff at the student-athlete’s original university, independent from the coaches. So if you are looking for someone to blame, it’s likely a wayward UMich compliance officer… who’s not being compliant.

Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Alright! Clear as mud.

This is really an awful situation.

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve Nolan

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