By Nick Freimuth The illustrious YMCA Swim career of Max McHugh came to end at YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina last weekend. It ended with two more national championships. His Wednesday night national title in the 200 breast stroke included a new national record time in the event and marked his third straight year winning the national title in the event. On Saturday, Max completed a four year sweep of national titles in the 100 breast stroke. He again broke a national record time touching the wall in 51.61 seconds.
The win in the 100 breast stroke capped a seven year run of McHugh’s atop the podium. Max’s older brother Conner was the national champion three years in a row previous to Max’s incredible run. Conner presented Max the award at the end of the meet making it a moment the McHugh Family will never forget.
Max also swam the 50 free style for fun and was fourth best in the nation. His 20.24 for a “breast stroker” is truly unbelievable. Max McHugh ends his national run with 14 total national championships. A feat that may never be duplicated in Wisconsin Swimming.
Max earned a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota and will be swimming for the Golphers for the next four seasons with June 2020 on his mind for Olympic Trials.