By Nick Freimuth
Door County has another Division 1 scholarship student athlete. The University of Minnesota is fast becoming “Sevastopol West.” Max McHugh, a junior at Sevastopol verbally committed and will attend U of M on scholarship to join the swim team and specialize in the breast stroke. Max’s role model, his older brother Conner, will be a senior next year and will likely stay at Minnesota to train for the 2020 Olympics.
While the brothers will not officially get to compete with each other for the Gophers, they will get to train with each other as they did their entire childhood at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.
Arizona State and Texas were the other top schools Max was deciding between. Texas won the NCAA Championships each of the last three years. Arizona State boasts new assistant coach Michael Phelps. Each were attractive offers, however Max said location and family were key.
Max has accomplished just about everything a high school junior could ever hope to accomplish. He is a national champion, has shattered national record times and now has his senior year of high school to focus on improving instead of the stressful college decision.
Mike and Mary Claire McHugh will have a much easier travel schedule to see both of their children throughout the next five years. Max first mentioned his mom and dad and then his brother as people atop the thank you list. To listen to the entire interview with Max about his decision click on the audio link below: