2018 Sevastopol graduate Max McHugh became the first ever collegiate freshman to earn NCAA All-American status from Door County. Competing in Austin, Texas, McHugh first swam the 100 breaststroke and swam a 50.30 in the qualifier. Then in the finals swam 50.52 and placed third in the nation in the 100 breaststroke.
Then on the final day of the NCAA Championships Max was seeded eighth the 200 breaststroke and swam a time of 1:51.36 in prelims. Seeded third in the finals, McHugh swam a 1:49.41. His time was good enough for second place in the country.
To be an All-American in NCAA swimming you must finish in the top eight at the NCAA Championships. So in the 2019 Championships, not only did Max McHugh become the first ever Door County graduate to become All-American as a freshman, he did it twice in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
His time in the 100 breaststroke was the fourth fastest time in the event in United States history. In the 200 breaststroke, McHugh swam the sixth fastest time ever recorded in U.S. history.
Next up for Max and his older brother Conner will be the Olympic Trials in the summer of 2020 with an eye on the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The United States can only take two breaststorkers in each event.
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