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Olympic Gold Medalist Maggie MacNeil Signs With LSU Swimming


Olympic Gold Medalist Maggie MacNeil Signs With LSU Swimming
Kean Miller

BATON ROUGE, La. – Maggie MacNeil, an Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalist, officially signed her SEC and institutional papers using her fifth year of eligibility at LSU, the athletic department announced Saturday.

MacNeil, who won Tokyo Olympic Gold in the 100-meter butterfly, reunites with her former college coach Rick Bishop. Bishop, who served as her primary coach during her NCAA record performance and the run-up to the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, is excited about MacNeil’s immediate impact to the LSU program.


At the 2019 World Championships, MacNeil made a name for herself in the 100-meter butterfly by coming from behind to upset World record holder and Olympic Champion Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. 

While participating at the Tokyo Olympic Games for her home nation of Canada, she garnered a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 55.59, the second-fastest performer in history. In addition, MacNeil nabbed a silver and a bronze medal as part of the 400-meter free and 400-meter medley relays.

MacNeil’s success on the international stage continued at the 2021 World Championships (SCM) in Abu Dhabi where she set a world record in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 25.27. She surpassed Kira Toussaint’s previous mark by 33 one-hundredths of a second on her way to the world title.

Additionally, winning the 100-meter butterfly makes her only the second swimmer in history to simultaneously hold the long-course meter championship (2019), NCAA Championship (2021), Olympic gold (2020), and short course meter championship. Each championship came in the 100-butterfly.

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