Maggie Mac Neil Has Produced Her Own Grand Slam In the 100 Butterfly

Maggie Mac Neil

Maggie Mac Neil Has Produced Her Own Grand Slam In the 100 Butterfly

For several years, Canadian Maggie Mac Neil has established herself as a star in the sport – particularly through her performances in the 100-meter butterfly. And with one of her most recent international triumphs over the weekend, Mac Neil has expanded her golden touch on the global scene.

With a victory in the 100 fly at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, Mac Neil now owns titles in the event at the following competitions. Consider the collective achievements her version of a Grand Slam.

  • Olympic Games
  • World Championships
  • World Short Course Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Pan American Games
  • NCAA Championships

While not all athletes have the opportunity to compete in every meet Mac Neil has raced, one thing is inarguable: The former Michigan and LSU standout has taken full advantage of her international chances. And along the way, the Canadian has defeated some of the best athletes in the sport, including the likes of Sarah Sjostrom, Emma McKeon, Zhang Yufei and Torri Huske.

The only major competition in which Mac Neil has not mined gold is the Pan Pacific Championships, which were last held in 2018 – one year before Mac Neil broke out at the 2019 World Champs. However, Mac Neil does own gold in the 100 butterfly from the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs.

Mac Neil is less than a year away from defending her Olympic crown in the 100 fly at the 2024 Games in Paris.

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Just Keep Swimming
Just Keep Swimming
4 months ago

Very impressive! You missed that she also owns the SCM world record. However, she really needs to LCM world record to tie it up I think.

I think a ‘Grand Slam’ is typically considered to be the following, because everyone in the world has a chance at them:
-Olympic Champion
-LCM World Champion
-SCM World Champion
-LCM World Record Holder
-SCM World Record Holder

I believe Ariarne Titmus (400 Free), Sarah Sjostrom (100 Fly) and Kaylee McKeown (200 Back) are the only active swimmers to have achieved this. Comm Games, Pan Ams, Pan Pacs and NCAA are nice extras but don’t really matter

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