The University of Michigan is well represented at the Tokyo Olympics. On Sunday night, swimmer Maggie MacNeil claimed the first gold medal for a women’s Wolverine swimmer in more than 50 years by winning the 100-meter butterfly race with a time of 55.59 seconds.
This was the second medal win for MacNeil, following a silver in the women’s 4x100 freestyle relay the day before. The London, Ontario native won these medals for her home country of Canada.
Another Wolverine swimmer, Catie DeLoof, earned a bronze medal from USA’s third-place performance in the same 4x100 freestyle relay. While she wasn’t part of the four-women team that placed on the podium, she participated in heats that led to the medal.
MacNeil becomes the first women’s swimmer from U-M to win an individual gold medal since Ginny Duenkel at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Duenkel, who did not enroll at U-M until after the 1964 Games, competed for the U-M Women’s Athletic Association team at a time there was not a women’s varsity swimming and diving program. MacNeil’s two medals in one Olympics also equal Duenkel, who won gold in the 400 freestyle and bronze in the 100 backstroke in 1964.
MacNeil adds the gold medal to her gold in the event from the 2019 World Championships, as well as NCAA titles in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle in 2021 en route to being named CSCAA Swimmer of the Year.
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