Alumni Blog

Brendan McHugh ’08 Makes USA Swimming National Team

Posted September 4th, 2015

Brendan McHugh, Prep ’08, recently represented the USA on a whirlwind trip packed with international swimming competition. From July 21 to July 30, he joined his US World Team teammates in Opatija, Croatia for training camp, training in the beautiful Adriatic Sea. This was a great opportunity for him to bond with some of the biggest names in the sport.

Next, he traveled to Kazan, Russia for the World Championships, which ran from Aug 2 to Aug 9, in which he placed 18th in the 50 breaststroke. This meet was indeed full of intense competition and incredible swimming from around the world. He then flew to Moscow, Russia to compete in a World Cup meet, which was held on Aug 10 and 11. Here he placed 3rd in the 50 breaststroke and 6th in the 100 breaststroke.

Finally, he jetted off to Chartres, France for another World Cup competing on Aug 15 and 16 and placing 2nd in the 50 and 6th in the 100 breaststrokes. Brendan says, “It was an honor to represent the USA and an opportunity of a lifetime to compete on the world stage. This really was the next level of competition for me.” He again earned a position on the US National team for the 2015- 2016 season during which time his training focus will be on the 2016 Olympic Trials. Good Luck, Brendan!