Collegiate Champion/DCY Swim Alum McHugh Honored at Jingle Bell Meet

DCY Swim Alum Max McHugh signs autographs at a table surrounded by Jingle Bell swim meet participants




Sturgeon Bay WI - The Door County YMCA hosted swimmers from 8 Y’s across the state of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this past weekend for their annual Jingle Bell meet. This meet had a special appearance by NCAA D1 Champion Max McHugh. 

McHugh, a senior at the University of Minnesota, is a standout alum of the DCY Swim program and is Door County’s first Division 1 National Champion.  Among his accomplishments as a 3-time National Champion in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke, McHugh has earned eight All-American titles, five Big Ten Champion titles, and placed seventh at the 2021 Olympic Time Trials.  Last year, McHugh was also named Big 10 Swimmer of the Year.  With his final collegiate year in progress, McHugh has his sights set for big things yet to come.

State Senator Andre Jacque presented McHugh with an official Citation of the Wisconsin State Senate for his achievements in competitive swimming. McHugh was escorted to the pool deck by his mother, Mary Claire McHugh and YMCA benefactor Carla Peterson.  Peterson was also recognized during the event for her and late-husband, Ellsworth Peterson’s, generous support over the past two decades of the Door County YMCA’s Aquatic Center and swimming programs. After the ceremony, McHugh met with swimmers, took pictures with fans, and signed autographs.





The Door County YMCA: For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Driven by its founding mission, the Door County YMCA has 150 full and part-time staff serving over 8,800 members in Door County from facilities in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay in a broad range of programming for all ages. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.



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