2024 Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Trials: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


Day 4 Finals Heat Sheet

Canadian stars Summer McIntosh, Josh Liendo, and Kylie Masse take the stage in their signature events on the fourth night of the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Trials in Toronto.

McIntosh will kick off Thursday night’s action in the women’s 400 IM, where she led prelims by four seconds in an Olympic ‘A’ cut of 4:38.27 this morning. Then Liendo will enter the pool for the men’s 100 free, where he went 47.80 in this morning’s heats for his fastest time since his lifetime best at the 2022 World Championships (47.55). Four Olympic spots will be on the line in the men’s 100 free as the top four swimmers earn a spot on Canada’s 4×100 free relay.

Masse posted the top time in the women’s 200 back this morning at 2:11.08, within a second of the Olympic ‘A’ cut (2:10.39). The reigning Tokyo Olympic silver medalist qualified for the 100 back on Wednesday night with a time of 57.94, her quickest performance since Tokyo.

The session will continue with Para finals in the 100 free before concluding with the men’s 800 free. The 2021 Canadian Trials champion, 21-year-old Eric Brown, need to drop more than five seconds off his entry time (7:56.96) in order to sneak under the Olympic ‘A’ cut in the 800 free (7:51.65).


  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 100 Free
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 100 Free – Para
  • Men’s 100 Free – Para
  • Men’s 800 Free


Top 10:

  1. Summer McIntosh (UNCAN) – 4:24.38 *WORLD RECORD, OQT
  2. Ella Jansen (HPCON) – 4:38.88
  3. Mabel Zavaros (MAC) – 4:40.46
  4. Bailey Andison (CAMO) – 4:42.14
  5. Tessa Cieplucha (MAC) – 4:43.24
  6. Kathryn Hazle (UNCAN) – 4:43.38
  7. Julie Brousseau (NKB) – 4:43.79
  8. Kamila Blanchard (PCSC) – 4:49.50
  9. Laila Oravsky (BTSC) – 4:53.27
  10. Angela Wang (MAC) – 5:03.23

Summer McIntosh shaved more than a second off her own world record from last summer with her winning time of 4:24.38, igniting the crowd at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Center. She split 59.18 on the butterfly leg, 1:07.12 on the backstroke leg, 1:17.13 on the breaststroke leg, and 1:00.95 on the freestyle leg, showcasing the most improvement on her breaststroke.

“It was awesome,” said the 17-year-old phenom, whose previous best stood at 4:25.87 from last April. “The crowd was absolutely electric. I heard you guys during the breaststroke and it really kept me going, so thank you.”

McIntosh said her goal for this event at the Paris Olympics is “just to go out there and have fun.” The two-time world champion in the 400 IM did not contest the event in Tokyo.

“400 IM is an event where it’s all about strategy and pacing the front half,” McIntosh said. “I’m always trying to work that breaststroke because it is my weakest stroke. I’m just excited to be able to do it in Paris.”

Runner-up finisher Ella Jansen missed the Olympic ‘A’ cut (4:38.53) by just a few tenths with a time of 4:38.88. The Tennessee commit was about a second off her personal-best 4:37.35 from World Juniors last September.


  • World Record: 46.80 – Pan Zhanle, CHN (2024)
  • Canadian Record: 47.27 – Brent Hayden (2009)
  • 2021 Champion: Josh Liendo – 48.13
  • OLY Qualifying/Consideration Standards: 48.34/48.58

Top 10:

  1. Josh Liendo (NYAC) – 47.55, OQT
  2. Yuri Kisil (CASC) – 48.19, OQT
  3. Finlay Knox (SCAR) – 48.29
  4. Javier Acevedo (AJAX) – 48.58
  5. Edouard Fullum-Huot (PCSC) – 49.06
  6. Filip Senc-Samardzic (TSC) – 49.18
  7. Patrick Hussey (PCSC) – 49.32
  8. Ilya Kharun (UNCAN) – 49.37
  9. Stephen Calkins (UCSC) – 49.50
  10. Antoine Sauve (CAMO) – 49.66

Josh Liendo matched his lifetime best from the 2022 World Championships with a 1st-place finish in 47.55. The 21-year-old NCAA champion now ranks 3rd in the world this season behind only Chris Giuliano (47.49) and world record holder Pan Zhanle (46.80).

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Yuri Kisil also finished under the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 48.34 with time of 48.19. The 28-year-old was just a hair off his personal-best 48.15 from the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Finlay Knox (48.29), and Javier Acevedo (48.58) are also in line to earn nominations on the Canadian Olympic team by virtue of their top-4 efforts. It will be the second Olympics for Liendo and Knox and the third for Kisil and Acevedo.

Knox set a new personal best en route to 3rd place, taking almost a second off his previous-best 49.11 from prelims. His best time before today was 49.23 from the 2022 Canadian Trials.


  • World Record: 2:03.14 – Kaylee McKeown, AUS (2023)
  • Canadian Record: 2:05.42 – Kylie Masse (2021)
  • 2021 Champion: Kylie Masse – 2:06.67
  • OLY Qualifying/Consideration Standards: 2:10.39/2:11.04

Top 10:

  1. Kylie Masse (TSC) – 2:06.24, OQT
  2. Regan Rathwell (GO) – 2:09.38, OQT
  3. Madison Kryger (BROCK) – 2:12.00
  4. Bridget Burton (UBCT) – 2:12.14
  5. Delia Lloyd (ESWIM) – 2:12.87
  6. Shannon Meadway (USC) – 2:13.17
  7. Ingrid Wilm (CASC) – 2:13.63
  8. Reina Liu (UNCAN) – 2:13.69
  9. Madelyn Gatrall (WAC) – 2:15.04
  10. Jordan Greber (UCSC) – 2:16.29

Kylie Masse will contest both backstroke events at her third Olympics in Paris this summer after winning the 200 back in 2:06.24, well under the ‘A’ cut of 2:10.39. The 28-year-old has been as fast as 2:05.42 during her silver medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

Regan Rathwell, a rising junior at the University of Tennessee, qualified for her first Olympics with a personal-best 2:09.38, more than a second under the Olympic ‘A’ cut. She dropped almost two tenths off her previous-best 2:09.54 from 2022.

“It’s kind of been an up and down path the past couple years dealing with injury and health issues, but having a really great support system in place between teammates, coaches, and family makes all the difference,” said Rathwell, who underwent shoulder surgery in October of 2022.

At just 15 years old, Madison Kryger came within a second of the Olympic ‘B’ cut with her 3rd-place finish in 2:12.00. She has been as fast as 2:11.96 last month.


  • Canadian S3: 2:21.84 – Nikita Ens (2023)
  • Canadian S5: 1:32.41 – Alisson Gobeil (2023)
  • Canadian S6: 1:14.52 – Shelby Newkirk (2023)
  • Canadian S7: 1:13.97– Tess Routliffe (2016)
  • Canadian S9: 1:03.89 – Stephanie Dixon (2008)
  • Canadian S10: 58.14 – Aurelie Rivard (2021)

Top 10:

  1. Aurelie Rivard, S10 (CNQ) – 1:00.19 (991 points)
  2. Shelby Newkirk, S6 (LASER) – 1:13.68 (924 points)
  3. Arianna Hunsicker, S10 (UL) – 1:02.12 (910 points)
  4. Tess Routliffe, S7 (UL) – 1:12.95 (900 points)
  5. Mary Jibb, S9 (MUSAC) – 1:05.58 (893 points)
  6. Jaime Cosgriffe, S10 (OAK) – 1:02.71 (887 points)
  7. Katarina Roxon, S9 (AASC) – 1:09.41 (769 points)
  8. Alisson Gobeil, S5 (CNJA) – 1:35.62 (606 points)
  9. Jessica Tinney, S5 (AJAX) – 1:42.84 (507 points)
  10. Sabrina Duchesne, S7 (UL) – DSQ

Aurelie Rivard accumulated the most Para points in the 100 free, touching a couple seconds shy of her S10 Canadian record (58.14) in 1:00.19. She said it was a slower than she wanted to go, but it gives her an idea of what to work on this summer. The Paralympic ‘A’ cut for S10 swimmers in this event stands at 1:03.43.

“I need to finish stronger than my rivals, hopefully,” said Rivard, who won gold in this event at the past two Paralympics.

Shelby Newkirk lowered her S6 national record with a runner-up finish in 1:13.68. Her previous best stood at 1:14.52 from last year.

Arianna Hunsicker reached the wall about a second under the Paralympic qualification standard (1:03.43) with her 3rd-place finish in 1:02.12.


  • Canadian S4: 1:24.85 – Sebastian Massabie (2024)
  • Canadian S7: 1:08.29 – Tony Alexander (1996)
  • Canadian S8: 1:00.78 – Reid Maxwell (2024)
  • Canadian S10: 52.86 – Nathan Stein (2014)

Top 10:

  1. Sebastian Massabie, S4 (PSW) – 1:25.07 (914 points)
  2. Reid Maxwell, S8 (EKSC) – 1:00.23 (901 points)
  3. Philippe Vachon, S8 (MEGO) – 1:03.30 (792 points)
  4. Alexander Elliot, S10 (CNQ) – 56.01 (784 points)
  5. Fernando Lu, S10 (LOSC) – 56.77 (757 points)
  6. Charle Giammichele, S7 (GHAC) – 1:09.13 (745 points)

Sebastian Massabie narrowly missed his own S4 Canadian record (1:24.85) with a time of 1:25.07. He was well under the Paralympic ‘A’ cut of 1:33.79.

Reid Maxwell lowered his own S8 Canadian record from earlier this year (1:00.78) with his runner-up finish in 1:00.23, about half a second clear of the Paralympic qualifying standard (1:00.72).


  • World Record: 7:32.12, Zhang Lin (CHN) – 2009
  • Canadian Record: 7:41.86, Ryan Cochrane – 2011
  • 2021 Champion: Eric Brown – 7:59.87
  • OLY Qualifying/Consideration Standards: 7:51.65/7:54.01

Top 10:

  1. Timothe Barbeau (NN) – 8:00.61
  2. Eric Brown (PCSC) – 8:03.04
  3. Kieran Watson (UNCAN) – 8:06.73
  4. Sebastian Paulins (BRANT) – 8:10.21
  5. Aiden Kirk (KAJ) – 8:11.93
  6. Alexander Axon (MAC) – 8:14.82
  7. Benjamin Cote (KSC) – 8:14.94
  8. Max Vorobiev (MAC) – 8:17.57
  9. Diego Paz (EKSC) – 8:21.68
  10. Guillaume Lord (MUST) – 8:22.32

Nobody finished under the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 7:51.65, but Timothe Barbeau offered hope for the future of Canadian distance swimming with an upset victory over top-seeded Eric Brown (8:03.04).

The 18-year-old Barbeau won his first national title in 8:00.61, dropping more than four seconds off his previous-best 8:04.72 from World Juniors last September. He’ll now turn his attention to the 1500 free this weekend, where he needs to drop 23 seconds off his best time (15:23.50) in order to get under the Olympic ‘A’ cut (15:00.99).

Brown was about six seconds off his entry time of 7:56.96.

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Big Swimmy
1 month ago

What I find most impressive with this is the turnaround from the 4free. She was more than 3 seconds off her best in that. Almost anyone else would’ve (justifiably) accepted that as an indication of the shape they’re in for the meet. But to then come back and smash your lifetime best in the other 400 event shows real character/fortitude/strength of will.

Extraordinary mentality.

1 month ago

What happened to all the high performers at UofC?

1 month ago

Wow, what a swim from Summer. I thought if she got to the WR again, she would only nib it. But she has absolutely destroyed it! I guess the 2:27 2 Breast from Orlando really foreshadowed this type of drop. Admittedly as exciting as this is, it doesn’t change things too much in terms of Olympic medals (she was already the big favourite and now continues in that role). So apologies in advance, but I can’t help but think of the two other races where she is looking to win but isn’t the undisputed favourite in either – the 4 FR and 2 IM.

In good news, that 37.92 BR split should indicate that she can split similar if not… Read more »

Reply to  TomDeanBoxall
1 month ago

I think the 200 IM WR is unlikely (for anyone to break it this year). The 400 free is a bit concerning. I had Titmus as favourite regardless but it really seems that McIntosh is struggling to pace it right.

And yes, the WR is obviously good and impressive but no one was challenging her anyway.

Reply to  SwimStats
1 month ago

Yep, totally agree with Titmus being the favourite regardless. Hopefully Summer can get the 400 right, would love to see a great race in Paris.

Dale Nesbitt
Reply to  SwimStats
1 month ago

Summer’s pacing will undoubtedly be easier when she’s not racing the 4free as a time trial.

Reply to  Dale Nesbitt
1 month ago

Like the 400 medley huh

1 month ago

The men’s 100FS was much faster than expected. The Canadian relay record of 3.10.82 set in Tokyo will surely go. It would be a stretch but by no means impossible they grab a medal in Paris. The aggregated top four times from the British and China trials were 3.11.90 and 3.11.91 respectively and they are much vaunted teams. Canada’s times come to 3.12.61. Not a huge difference. The USA will go in as favourites and Australia and Italy will also be in the mix. I can’t see the USA missing the podium but if three out of the other four teams underperform and/or one or two of the Canadian boys do something wild, they could just sneak a medal.

1 month ago

Kisil had a huge 47.1 in Tokyo. If he can replicate that… 6 teams for 3 medals now

1 month ago

It should easily get them a finals spot if all goes right but the medals are far far away. The American, Italian, Australian, British and Chinese teams all have at least 2 47 flat starts and all these teams have at least one guy who is faster than Liendo.
Nevertheless, the NR could very well go, and they won’t have to worry about getting into the final – things were looking much bleaker last year.

Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

Italy doesn’t.

Reply to  phelpsfan
1 month ago

I might be missing some injuries but Italy has the following:
Zazzeri: 47.96 (from 2022)
Ceccon: 47.71 (from 2021)
Miressi: 47.45 – from 2021, faster than Liendo.

Last edited 1 month ago by snailSpace
Reply to  phelpsfan
1 month ago

Italy will be in the medal hunt. Canada will not

Reply to  felix
1 month ago

I’m not saying Italy won’t be in the medal hunt, and neither am I saying that Canada will. But all of the times mentioned by @SnailSpace are from a couple of years ago.

Reply to  phelpsfan
1 month ago

That’s true but all these guys (alongside Manuel Frigo) have split 47s consistently (Miressi split 46s a few times as well) on relays in the last few years. Miressi was 47.7 in February, so he’s clearly on form. Experience is such an important factor in relays.

Reply to  felix
1 month ago

No….you,re wrong.

1 month ago

Just noticed E. Fullum-Huot broke the Quebec record in 100 Free for 49.0
Quite surprised that no one from or in Quebec has ever hit 48 from a flat.
I imagine he, if not Sauve first, takes it below that mark soon

1 month ago

What’s happened, where are all those comments that Mallette has to go? Oh, wait, two thirds of his athletes did qualify to go either to Paris, or to Junior Pan Pac

Reply to  Sceptic
1 month ago

The HPCON was once the number source of Canadian talent for the Olympics in Canada.Just going by memory so far at this competition we have 10 individual swims by senior swimmers.1 made the A cut..Javier Acevedo in 100 back.1 out of 10.Some may or may not be added for relays.In Tokyo Canada had 23 swimmers,13 trained full or part time at the Hpc.Not 1 of those 13 swimmers still trains at HPC Toronto.Among those leaving Penny Oleksiak,Rebecca Smith,Taylor Ruck,Summer Macintosh,Kylie Masse,Josh Liendo,Yuri Kisil,Kyla Sanchez,Sydney Pickrem,and Finley Knox.Are they all wrong?

Reply to  Sceptic
1 month ago

Still here!

Reply to  Sceptic
1 month ago

I think it’s still fair to be concerned. Off the top of my head, at least 3 of his swimmers have not hit PBs in their primary events, which would have given them A cuts (Angus, Jansen, Wigginton).

1 month ago

Some great swims tonight. Canada just needs some depth!

Former Big10
Reply to  Gobulls
1 month ago

I’d say they punch above their weight, no?

Reply to  Former Big10
1 month ago

We definitely have our share of superstars but after that there is a drop off.

Reply to  Gobulls
1 month ago

Depth where? I don’t think you are watching the same trials as the rest of us. Might’ve missed an 11 year old girl going 1:11 in 100br the other day. Sorry if that’s not depth for you

North Sea
1 month ago

It looks like both Summer and Maggie scratched the 100free from their schedules.

Reply to  North Sea
1 month ago

Really surprised about Maggie doing so. A form of protest about her coach not being able to come??

Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
1 month ago

If she doesn’t want to swim the individual event there is no point, she will be able to swim the final nontheless and even if the team uses two or three substitutes in the heats they won’t have trouble making the final.

Reply to  North Sea
1 month ago

Not surprising for Summer given she has 2 other big races left. Although I was hoping maybe we’d see her swim it to see how much of a pb she would get. A bit more surprised that Maggie has dropped it.

Reply to  North Sea
1 month ago

Well that’s an opportunity for some of the swimmers on the bubble to grab a real spot.

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