Alexanne Lepage Breaks Canadian Age Group Record With 200 Breast Win in 2:24.70

by Riley Overend 8

September 09th, 2023 Canada, International, News, Records


After pulling off an upset in the girls’ 100-meter breaststroke on Thursday, 17-year-old Canadian Alexanne Lepage pulled off another comeback victory in the 200 breast on Saturday.

Lepage split 36.88 on the final length of the pool to pass Japan’s Mina Nakazawa for the win in a huge personal-best time of 2:24.70, marking a new Canadian girls’ 15-17 national age group (NAG) record. The previous NAG record belonged to Mary-Sophie Harvey, who clocked a 2:25.37 back in 2017.

Lepage’s improvement this summer has been remarkable. In June, she notched a lifetime best of 2:30.74, which she lowered to 2:27.24 in prelims before posting her new personal best in the final. That’s a six-second drop in less than three months.


  • World Junior Record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes, Turkey (2015)
  • Championship Record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes, Turkey (2015)
  • 2024 Olympic ‘A’ Standard: 2:23.91
    • ‘B’ Standard: 2:24.63
  • Time for 8th at 2022 World Jr Champs: 2:37.28


  1. Alexanne Lepage (CAN) — 2:24.70
  2. Mina Nakazawa (JPN) — 2:25.57
  3. Eneli Jefimova (EST) — 2:26.29
  4. Nayara Pineda (ESP) — 2:26.50
  5. Sieun Park (KOR) — 2:26.64
  6. Francesca Zucca (ITA) — 2:28.86
  7. Amaris Peng (CAN) — 2:29.38
  8. Brigitta Vass (ROU) — 2:31.40

Lepage’s winning time would have missed qualifying for the 2023 World Championships final in the women’s 200 breast by just .54 seconds. At just 17 years old, she figures to play a key role on Canada’s medley relays in the future. She’s about four seconds away from the Canadian national record in the 200 breast, a 2:20.12 that Annamay Pierse swam back at the 2009 World Championships.

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18 days ago

Is she related to pierce lepage….world decathlon champion?

Reply to  Titobiloluwa
17 days ago

Her mom, Allison, was U-Sport Champion (Then CIAU) in the 50-free, and her aunt, Sally, represented Canada internationally in the 2-free. Maiden name was Gilbert. Both summer swimmers & both went to UBC.

19 days ago

I talked with her dad and he took a selfie with us todayyy💜🐐

19 days ago

Her improvement is so extreme..makes you wonder what she could do in Paris.

Bo Swims
Reply to  bob
19 days ago

100% …

Reply to  bob
19 days ago

So exciting for Canadian swimming! Well done, Alexanne, we can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  bob
17 days ago

People forget that Canada was exactly 1 second behind Australia in Tokyo with a 1:07.17 breast split. If their breaststroker had split 1:06.17 then they win gold. Her flat start PB is 1:06.58…

19 days ago

All of a sudden breaststroke will be one of the more exciting events to watch going into Canadian trials

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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