By Nick Freimuth
Sevastopol graduate and junior breaststroke team leader for the University of Minnesota, Conner McHugh is competing at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio this week. After his sophomore campaign garnered him a bronze in the 200 breaststroke, Conner is looking for a little more this year. McHugh is the number one seed in the 200 breaststroke and number two in the 100 breaststroke heading into this week’s meet at Ohio State University.
Swimming began Wednesday night and Conner was in the pool with his 200 medley relay team. The foursome cut over a second off their best time and earned an “A Cut.” The designation means that the teams fourth place finish will allow all of the teams relays to qualify for the NCAA’s in Indiana March 22-25.
***UPDATE***Conner swam a 51.63 in his leg of the 400 medley relay Thursday night. It is his best time ever in the event. The 400 medley relay also set a school record with their finish Thursday.
On Friday, Conner will swim the 100 breaststroke and is seeded second in the Big Ten. He comes in at 53.23 best time behind only Indiana’s Ian Finnerty. The Hoosier has less than a second lead on Conner’s seed time.
Saturday will be Conner’s best chance to win his first Big Ten Championship gold medal. Conner is the number one seed with a time of 1:54.85.
McHugh joined us on the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com Thursday morning. To listen to the entire interview click on the audio link below.