Canadian Olympic champion Mac Neil will swim for the University of California next season

Canadian Olympic swimming champion Maggie Mac Neil is taking advantage of her fifth and final year of college eligibility to compete for the University of California. The London, Ont.

Canadian Olympic swimming champion Maggie Mac Neil is taking advantage of her fifth and final year of college eligibility to compete for the University of California.

The London, Ont., native previously swam for the University of Michigan, but entered the NCAA’s transfer portal last July.

She announced her new college team on Instagram on Friday.

“I’m so excited to announce that I’m moving out west to complete my NCAA eligibility,” said Mac Neil, who posted a photo of herself wearing a Cal Golden Bears jersey. “I feel so lucky to be able to pursue a master’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, while continuing to swim at the highest level.”

Mac Neil, 22, is one of Canada‘s most decorated swimmers. At the Tokyo Olympics, she won a medal of all colors, including gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

She was also recently named Swimming Canada’s Swimmer of the Year for her brilliant 2021 season which included those Olympic medals as well as four golds and a silver she won at the world short course swimming championships. 2021 in Abu Dhabi.

Mac Neil is also a two-time NCAA champion with the Michigan Wolverines.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 25, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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