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Gopher swimmers recovering after being hit by gunfire in Minneapolis

The swimmers were sitting on a curb when they were hit by stray gunfire.

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Two University of Minnesota student-athletes are recovering after being struck by bullets in Minneapolis early Saturday morning. 

Family members told SwimSwam that Max McHugh and Nick Saulnier sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover, with the report saying McHugh was shot above the knee on his right leg and Saulnier was struck in the elbow. 

The shooting, according to the Star Tribune, happened at approximately 1:17 a.m. Saturday when they were struck by stray gunfire at N. 2nd Ave. and N. 3rd St. 

The Minnesota Athletic Department did not name the student-athletes, but did confirm two swimmers were shot. 

”Two members of the Minnesota men’s swimming team were in downtown Minneapolis this weekend when they were struck by stray gunfire. The individuals had recently ordered a pizza and were waiting on a ride home when the incident occurred. They received treatment at a local hospital and were released. Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and head coach Kelly Kremer have communicated with both student-athletes and they are recovering.”

SwimSwam cited family members saying neither swimmer was involved in the dispute that led to shots fired. 

McHugh, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was named a freshman All-American in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke last season. He's also a member of the 2018-19 U.S. Junior National Team. 

Saulnier is entering his senior season at the U of M. He is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

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