Summer McIntosh completes hat trick to cap strong Pro Swim Series for Canadians
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Canada’s Summer McIntosh provided a third electrifying victory at the Pro Swim Series on Saturday with yet another world junior and Canadian senior record combo, this time in the women’s 200-m individual medley.
The 16-year-old sensation accomplished the same feat in the 200-m butterfly on Thursday and the 200-m freestyle on Friday.
In Saturday’s 200 IM, McIntosh clocked 2:08.08 to eclipse her world junior mark of 2:08.70 set last season and the 2:08.61 Canadian senior record set by Sydney Pickrem in 2019.
‘’Records are meant to be broken and to be part of history is very exciting,’’ said McIntosh. ‘’I try not to focus on it but it’s nice to see how I measure against girls in the past.’’
There were five Canadians in that final.
Trois-Rivieres, Que., native Mary-Sophie Harvey of Montreal’s CAMO club was second in 2:11.94 and Katie Grimes of the U.S. was third in 2:12.66. Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg was fifth in 2:15.38, Bailey Andison of Smiths Falls, Ont., sixth in 2:16.01 and Tess Cieplucha of Georgetown, Ont., eighth in 2:17.91.
Wog added a second-place finish in the 200-m breaststroke, clocking 2:25.49. World champion Lilly King of the U.S. topped the field in 2:23.33 and Annie Lazor of the U.S. was third in 2:26.96.
There were two more Canadian top-three finishes in the women’s 100-m butterfly. Three-time Olympian Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que./CAMO, was second in 58.63 and Ella Jansen of the High Performance Centre – Ontario was third in a personal best 58.93. Regan Smith of the U.S. was first in 56.60.
Kamryn Cannings of Calgary was fifth in 59.62. Sophie Angus of HPC-Ontario was sixth in 2:31.62 and Cieplucha was eighth in 2:32.13.
Montreal native Ilya Kharun led the Canadian men with a second place in the 100 fly in 51.54, behind only American Shaine Casas, who was first in 50.80.
Finlay Knox of HPC-Ontario chipped in a third place in the 200 IM in 2:01.02.
His HPC-Ontario teammates Javier Acevedo (54.81 in 100-m backstroke) and Brayden Taivassalo (2:14.54 in 200-m breaststroke) also turned in sixth-place finishes.
Full results: https://www.omegatiming.com/2023/tyr-pro-swim-series-live-results
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