Kayla Sanchez is a competitive swimmer who represents Canada internationally. She is a 2020 Olympian and Olympic medalist.
2019 World Championships (Gwangju, South Korea)
Sanchez swam the leadoff leg of the 4×200 free relay for Canada, helping the team to a bronze medal. Sanchez clocked a 1:57.32 to open the race as Canada swam a national record 7:44.35, finishing third behind Australia and the United States. Taylor Ruck, Emily Overholt and Penny Oleksiak rounded out the record setting relay team.
Sanchez also was part of Canada’s 400 free relay which set a national record of 3:31.79 en route to a bronze medal, besting the country’s mark of 3:32.89 from the Rio Olympics. Sanchez swam a 53.72 to start the race, followed by Ruck, Oleksiak and Maggie MacNeil.
2020 Olympic Games
Sanchez started off her first Olympics on the 4×100 free relay. In the final heat, she led off Canada’s relay in 53.42, helping her home nation to touch 2nd and earn a silver medal.
Sanchez finished her Games in the 400 medley relay, where she swam the anchor leg in prelims, splitting 52.68 to help Canada advance to the final, where they won bronze.
2022 World Championships
Sanchez started her meet off in the 400 free relay, leading off for Canada in 53.45 to help her team finish 2nd. Individually, she competed in the 100 free, making the final and finishing 6th overall in 53.59.
Sanchez held down relay duties throughout the meet, competing in the 800 free relay final on day 5 (1:57.39 on the 2nd leg, bronze overall), mixed 400 free relay on day 7 (52.52 3rd leg, silver overall), and 400 medley relay prelims on day 8 (53.35 anchor, relay went onto win bronze in the final).