Kayla Sanchez

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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.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2020 Olympic Games
Bronze 400 Medley Relay 2020 Olympic Games
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2019 World Championships
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2019 World Championships
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 Commonwealth Games
Silver 800 Freestyle Relay 2018 Commonwealth Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Free 24.94 08/12/18 Pan Pacific Championships
Tokyo, Japan
lcm 100 Free 53.42 07/25/21 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo, Japan
lcm 200 Free 1:57.23 08/09/18 2018 Pan Pacific Championships
Tokyo, Japan
lcm 50 Back 28.13 01/10/19 Pro Swim Series
Knoxville, Tennessee
lcm 100 Back 59.82 04/03/19 Canadian Swimming Tirals
Toronto, Canada
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