According to Mike Stubbs of 980 CFPL London, world champion Maggie MacNeil of London, Ontario set the National Collegiate Athletic Association record outright this weekend in the women’s 100 yard butterfly on Friday. MacNeil posted a time of 48.89 seconds at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from Greensboro, North Carolina while competing for the University of Michigan Wolverines.
MacNeil actually broke the record previously set by herself and Louise Hansson of Raus, Sweden at 49.26 seconds. Hansson initially set the record at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from Austin, Texas, and was matched by MacNeil at the Minnesota Invitational on December 6, 2019.
MacNeil earned a medal in North Carolina by 0.79 seconds over fourth-place finisher Isabel Ivey of Gainesville, Florida, who had a time of 50.68 seconds. Ivey was representing the University of Southern California Trojans. The silver medalist was Kate Douglass of Pelham, New York, who was representing the University of Virginia, and had a time of 49.55 seconds. The bronze medalist was Kylee Alons of Fort Collins, Colorado, who was representing the University of North Carolina State, and had a time of 50.68 seconds.
Also in Greensboro on Friday, MacNeil became the first female swimmer to break the 49 second barrier at the NCAA level in the women’s 100 yard butterfly. Remember at the international level, athletes compete in metres, instead of yards. At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, MacNeil won the gold medal with a time of 55.83 seconds. MacNeil is set to be a strong medal contender for Canada in the women’s 100 metre butterfly at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.