Max McHugh Splits All-Time Fastest 50 Breaststroke at Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Minnesota junior Max McHugh threw down the fastest split ever in the 50 breaststroke on Tuesday at the Big Ten men’s swimming championships in Columbus, Ohio with a 22.40, lowering the fastest split of all-time that Carsten Vissering at 22.58 from NCAAs three years ago. McHugh swam breaststroke on Minnesota’s 200 medley relay team that finished eighth overall on Tuesday night as he was one of four swimmers to break 23 seconds in that relay.

Each relay is being swum with a clean lane of water in between so times are going to be faster due to the amount of clean water and lack of wash in the ten lanes. We’ve already seen the fastest 50 back split of all-time from Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil last week when she led off this same relay in a 23.02.

 8 Minnesota-MN  'A'             1:26.88    1:25.40         44  
     1) Sachtjen, Desmon J 20         2) r:0.23 McHugh, Maxwell 21    
     3) r:0.19 Neverman, Kaiser 18    4) r:0.31 Farrar, Lucas 20      
    r:+5.90  11.16        22.57 (22.57)
           32.54 (9.97)       44.97 (22.40)
           54.29 (9.32)     1:06.14 (21.17)
         1:15.25 (9.11)     1:25.40 (19.26)

This bodes well for McHugh, who had the nation’s fastest 100 breaststroke last season before the NCAA meet was cancelled. He was expected to not only challenge the 50-second barrier, but also the national title. Minnesota has not had an individual NCAA champion in men’s swimming since 1964.

Also in the race, Michigan’s William Chan became the fourth fastest relay splitter in the 50 breaststroke with a 22.67.

Fastest relay splits of all-time:

50 FreeCaeleb DresselFlorida17.30Minneapolis, MN3/23/2018
100 FreeCaeleb DresselFlorida40.15pMinneapolis, MN3/24/2018
200 FreeTownley HaasTexas1:29.66Austin, TX3/27/2019
50 BackRyan MurphyCalifornia20.20Atlanta, GA3/25/2016
50 BreastMax McHughMinnesota22.40Columbus, OH3/02/2021
100 BreastKevin CordesArizona49.56Indianapolis, IN3/28/2013
50 FlyJoseph SchoolingTexas19.36Atlanta, GA3/25/2016
100 FlyJoseph SchoolingTexas43.34Atlanta, GA3/24/2016

Fastest relay splits 50 breast:

  1. 22.40, Max McHugh, Minnesota, 2021
  2. 22.58, Carsten Vissering, Southern Cal, 2018
  3. 22.64, Chuck Katis, California, 2015
  4. 22.67, William Chan, Michigan, 2021
  5. 22.69, Peter Stevens, Tennessee, 2016