Two-Time NCAA Champion Maggie MacNeil Enters Transfer Portal

Two-time NCAA champion at Michigan and recently-crowned Olympic gold medalist Maggie MacNeil has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.

MacNeil, entered in the portal under her full name, Hannah Margaret McNair MacNeil, has had a standout three-year career thus far with the Wolverines.

The Canadian’s entry in the portal indicates her transfer would be in order to be a graduate student, and that she plans to graduate after the 2021-2022 academic year.

MacNeil confirmed the news to SwimSwam, adding that she will be returning to the Wolverines in the fall.

“I entered the portal for graduate school but plan on finishing my degree at Michigan,” she said, adding that she “would love to find a school with great swimming and academics” for grad school come September 2022.

If MacNeil were to transfer for only the 2022-23 season, she would only have one season left, the extra year granted to student-athletes after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the end of the 2019-20 season, and her scholarship would count against her new team’s total.

The 21-year-old was the NCAA champion this past season as a junior, winning titles in the women’s 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, setting a new NCAA and U.S. Open Record in the latter.

Having had such immense success under Rick Bishop, an associate head coach at Michigan for the last eight seasons, the first school that comes to mind that MacNeil could potentially transfer to would be LSU, where Bishop was recently named head coach.

However, with the added wrinkle that MacNeil wouldn’t transfer until 2022-23, LSU is less of a slam-dunk than if she was planning to move schools in the upcoming season, though it’s certainly still in the play.

It’s also important to note that a student-athlete entering the portal doesn’t necessarily mean they will transfer to another school, it just alerts coaches that they are considering a move.

MacNeil is also a 19-time All-American, 14-time Big Ten champion, and was the 2021 CSCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year.

On the international stage, MacNeil won Olympic gold just days ago in the women’s 100 butterfly, and added a silver medal for Canada in the women’s 400 freestyle relay.

MacNeil is also the reigning world champion in the women’s 100 butterfly, having won gold at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Born in CHina but raised in London, Ontario, MacNeil is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at Michigan.

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Jackman
1 month ago

aaaaaaaaaaannnnnnndddddd everyone offered her 100%

DCSwim
1 month ago

Enjoy Baton Rouge, Maggie!

Jackman
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

She isn’t following Rick there for this coming year – I half expected her to go pro now, let alone go for a 5th year

Last edited 1 month ago by Jackman
Name, Image, Likeness
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

She can go “Pro” and still compete in the NCAA.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Name, Image, Likeness
1 month ago

Correct. See: Schooling

DanoCanuck
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

NOOOOOOO… Good grief, her Canadian blood will literally FRY in Louisiana.

Armchair
Reply to  DanoCanuck
1 month ago

She would not be on a good team at LSU, that’s for sure.

Shane Potsdam
Reply to  DCSwim
1 month ago

Zero chance she goes to LSU, especially if she is looking for a good grad school with a good academic program. Zero chance.

Facts
1 month ago

She really won a gold medal and is dipping

Last edited 1 month ago by Facts
John
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

* graduating

Go Bears Fan
1 month ago

PLEASE GO TO CAL, THE WORLD’S #1 PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  Go Bears Fan
1 month ago

This seems like the only logical choice. 🐻💙💛

HAHA
Reply to  Jonny Newsom
1 month ago

And she doesn’t have to switch team colors! 😝

flygirl21
Reply to  Go Bears Fan
1 month ago

Cal’s not even the #1 Public California University

Dan Diez
Reply to  flygirl21
1 month ago

What is your source of information? Rankings by magazines always favor private institutions using wealth (donations) which most public schools cannot match. So are you citing UCLA or UC San Diego?.

SWIMMINGRULES!
Reply to  Go Bears Fan
1 month ago

YES!!!!

Marmot
1 month ago

This seems really really strange.

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  Marmot
1 month ago

Following coaches

swimmer'
Reply to  Marmot
1 month ago

I believe its for academic reasons

Hswimmer
1 month ago

Wins gold, Ight gotta blast

DCSwim
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago
Jesh
1 month ago

I don’t think she goes to LSU, at least not as a student… As far as I know she’s pretty serious about schooling and if you get a high GPA at Michigan coupled with her extracurricular resume, you don’t exactly go to LSU to do your masters…

The whole follow Rick if she goes pro makes sense in the ‘continue with what works’ mantra.

However, any belief she decides to go to Toronto? Has been working at the centre these last couple months. Maybe she likes it. 🤷‍♀️
(I don’t know where she was summer 2019 in lead up to worlds)

PVSFree
Reply to  Jesh
1 month ago

Would she need to enter the transfer portal to go to Toronto?

Jesh
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Honestly, no idea. There’s only a few people that’s have swam NCAA then gone USports.
Most recent I can think of would be Movold who swam 18/19 with Akron then Calgary for second semester of 19/20 but I’m not sure if she portaled(?) or not.
Once you’re done your four in the states you can’t do a fifth in Canada – but I’m not sure how that’d work given COVID adding that year. Canada/USports is getting “another year” in essence as we didn’t have a season last year so no one was charged with eligibility.
(Sorry if you already knew this all, just wondering out loud)

Bo Swims
Reply to  Jesh
1 month ago

I think grad school an exception for Usports 5th year transfers.

Hswimmer
1 month ago

BETTER NOT GO TO STANFORD

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Who will win the NCAA 2022, Virginia or Stanford? It will be a good one!

Brandi
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Agree. Stanford women swimmers lately have not performed well. Several have added considerable time, very few PRs. I would avoid Stanford like the plague if you care about your swimming.

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Brandi
1 month ago

Smith and Huske coming in, along with a few others that will add some depth to the team! Virginia losing some depth! Should be interesting fall and spring

Masters Swammer
Reply to  Little Mermaid
1 month ago

I think Brandi was being sarcastic.

Dan Diez
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Most of Stanford recruits are in the top 10 in the nation. Look at all the Olympians they get this year: Smith, Huske, Ruck et al……..

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