Penn State Swimming’s Ally McHugh Sets School Record At Big Ten Championships
Saturday was quite a day for Penn State’s Ally McHugh.
The junior finished her 1,650 freestyle race in dramatic fashion, not only winning the race, but also breaking her own school record in the process. McHugh finished with an outstanding time of 15:43.34, taking home the gold medal in Columbus, Ohio at the Big Ten Championships.
#B1GSD MILE CHAMPION!!
Ally McHugh sets a MEET and SCHOOL record of 15:43.34!
— Penn State Swimming & Diving (@PennStateSWIM) February 17, 2018
The impressive performance will now qualify her for the NCAA Championships, as her time was easily better than the NCAA A-cut standard. This also marks the first Big Ten Championship in the 1,650 free for a Penn State female swimmer since Regan Stacey accomplished the feat in 1994.
“I’m not sure how to describe her performance other than a monster swim,” Coach Tim Murphy said in a release. “She just kept getting faster. And we know Ally doesn’t get slower as the race goes on, so when she was out in front, it was like, ‘Where is she going with this one!'”
Earlier in the weekend, McHugh broke her own school record in the 500 free, as well. The Philadelphia native put on a clinic over the course of the conference championships, and fans can look forward to seeing her at the NCAA Championships, March 9-10.