15-year-old Candian Olympic Summer McIntosh had a blistering beginning to her International Swimming League career. Just days after the Toronto Titan’s 15th birthday, Summer McIntosh came in as one of the newest additions to the team for its second season in the league.
She helped lead Toronto to a 2nd-place finish of 496.5 points – just 15 points behind Energy Standard, and an early marker that the Titans have a chance to finish in the top 6 and take an automatic pass into the playoff round of Season 3 of the league.
Her first individual race at the meet was the women’s 400 freestyle in which she collected 8 points for her team thanks to a 4th place finish of 4:02.69. She finished roughly a second and a half after Leah Neale‘s winning 4:01.29 for the DC Trident, Energy Standard’s Siobhan Haughey (4:01.50), and Toronto teammate Julia Hassler (4:01.58).
While a 4th place finish was a solid start for McIntosh, day 2 provided even more opportunities for success. McIntosh picked up her first-ever ISL victory in the 200 butterfly in which she delivered a 2:06.61 to out-swim DC’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos who was a 2:07.10 and Energy Standard’s Helena Rosendahl Bach who was a 2:07.25.
As if that wasn’t enough, McIntosh returned later in the session to win a second event with her 4:30.05 400 IM performance. That swim for McIntosh was more than a second quicker than fellow Canadian and ISL competitor Bailey Andison who hit a 4:31.35 to place second for DC. McIntosh’s Toronto teammate Tessa Cieplucha made it an all-Canadian top 3 with her 4:33.14 for 3rd.
All in all, McIntosh finished match 1 with a total of 38 MVP points which was good enough for 7th overall at the meet.
McIntosh showed off her impressive versatility throughout match 1, collecting points in 3 different disciplines (freestyle, butterfly, and IM). Considering Toronto’s freestyle depth and the 200 freestyle’s proximity to the 400 IM, McIntosh didn’t swim the 200 for Toronto at the meet despite having recently raced the event for Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.
McIntosh raced to a 9th place finish in the 200 freestyle at the Olympics, hitting a 1:56.82 in the semi-finals. She also swam the 400 freestyle this summer and nearly reached the podium with a 4:02.42 Canadian record for 4th place overall.
Based on her Olympic and ISL performances, it’s likely that McIntosh could serve as a major asset for Toronto, playing a part in up to 6 events including the 200 free, 400 free, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, and 4×100 freestyle relay.