Minnesota swimmer breaks two records at Minneapolis tournament

Conner McHugh broke meet records in the 200-meter breaststroke, and the 100-meter breaststroke.

Junior Connor McHugh swimming the men's 200 meter breaststroke at the Gophers' first meet of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Oct 13. 2016.

Meagan Lynch

Junior Connor McHugh swimming the men's 200 meter breaststroke at the Gophers' first meet of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center on Oct 13. 2016.

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The Gophers felt right at home in a Minneapolis tournament.

Numerous swimmers from Minnesota competed at the Minneapolis Speedo Sectional right at the University’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center from July 19-22. Senior Conner McHugh broke two records during the meet.

“This meet, for us, more than anything, [is] a convenient meet for us to participate in,” said Gophers head coach Kelly Kremer. “It’s on our campus, and that means it’s a lot less expensive to be in a meet like this than to travel somewhere like New York.”

Kremer and his men’s and women’s swimming squads are both coming off winning seasons, and are looking to build into the coming season starting now.

McHugh set a meet record on Wednesday in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, and then on Friday, he broke the 100-meter breaststroke meet record.

“It felt pretty good,” McHugh said. “I wanted to drop time from my world championship trial from a previous meet in June, but overall, I’ve improved a lot in the 200 since last summer, and I was just really happy to be able to drop in finals again.”

McHugh broke the six-year-standing record of 2:13.89 set in 2011 by exactly one second in the 200-meter, then broke the 10-year standing record of 1:01.46 in the 100 meter by just less than a second, with a time of 1:00.83