IRVINE, Calif. – A new U.S. Open and meet record in the men’s 50m breaststroke was set Friday morning at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex by University of Pennsylvania alum Brendan McHugh C’12. During preliminaries, McHugh turned in a time of 27.10, replacing Kevin Steel’s previous mark of 27.26.
Representing the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club, McHugh swam the fastest 50m breaststroke in the USA during the second-to-last heat in prelims. His time ranks fourth in the world, according to FINA.
During finals Friday evening, McHugh placed first with a time of 27.24.
In the 100m breaststroke prelims on Saturday morning, McHugh touched the wall at 1:00.31. In the finals, McHugh finished 7th with a time of 1:01.10.
McHugh, who graduated with a BA in 2012, was a two-time Ivy League Champion in the 100 breast (2009, ‘11) and his time in 2011 (53.66) was good for a new Ivy League Meet Record. In 2012, McHugh set the 200 free (1:37.31), the 100 breast (53.03), and the 200 breast (1:55.82) records at Penn.
After graduation, McHugh competed at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and was a finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
He is expecting to graduate in 2015 with a law degree from Washington and Lee University.
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