TAKE5 HIGH PERFORMANCE EVENT
- Toronto Pan American Sports Center, Toronto, Canada
- May 26-28, 2021
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Results on MM: “Take5 HP Event”
- Live Results
Racing back-to-back in the final session of two on Friday, Sanchez and Hayden finished first in their respective 50 frees.
For Sanchez, the finish time of 24.81. That dips under her previous best of 24.94 done at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Since that meet, Sanchez has shifted her focus more toward the 100 and 200 freestyles, and hasn’t raced the 50 free in long course or short course since 2019. While probably not an individual threat in the 50 in Tokyo, her versatility will help in the upcoming ISL season, if she participates, and the improved speed will help boost Canada’s relays at the Olympics, where they are big medal contenders.
Those two led a field that was littered with best times, including 18-year old 4th-place finisher Hannah Cornish from the Uxbridge Swim Club, who marked a 25.79 to better her personal best of 26.13. That new swim makes Cornish, who is committed to swim in the U.S. at the University of Minnesota next season, the 8th-fastest Canadian 18-year old ever in the event.
A few minutes later, Brent Hayden led the men’s 50 free in 22.08. For the 37-year old, that is the second-fastest time of his comeback, which began shortly before the pandemic began and included with a FINA “A” cut of 21.97 in March of 2020 at the Des Moines Pro Swim Series meet just before the coronavirus pandemic began to shut down the sport globally.
Hayden represented Canada at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games, and returned to racing in 2019 after a 7 year retirement. He won a bronze medal in the 100 free at the 2012 Olympic Games and is the Canadian Record holder in 12 different events, including relays.
The most-anticipated swim of the day came in the women’s 800 free, where 14-year old Summer McIntosh swam 8:49.43 as a follow-up to jaw-dropping 4:05 in the 400 free on Thursday. That’s about 3 seconds short of her best time. She swam the race with a clear purpose and resulted in a big negative split, going out in 4:27 and closing in 4:22.
McIntosh now heads into June with Olympic “A” cuts in the 400 and 1500 freestyles, but not the 800. This is significant, because if Canada is forced to cancel their Olympic Trials, already rescheduled twice, later this month because of the pandemic, she’ll be guaranteed a slot in the Olympics in at least two events.
Other Noteworthy Results:
- 17-year old Alex Axon won the men’s 800 free in 8:05.76, which is an Olympic “B” standard swim and a lifetime best by 5 seconds.
- Tess Cieplucha swam 4:40.04 in the 400 IM. That’s the third-best time of her career and her fastest time outside of a major international or Canadian championship event. Of note were her opening backstroke split of 1:04.38, which was a touch faster than she was when going a best time of 4:38 in 2019, and a breaststroke split of 1:19.08, which is a full second better than when she swam 4:38. 16-year old Katrina Bellio, who like McIntosh hails from the Etobicoke Swim Club, was 2nd in 4:46.16. That makes her the 5th-best Canadian 16-year old in history: one spot ahead of Tess Cieplucha.
- Taylor Ruck swam 2:10.24 in the 200 back. She already has a spot secured on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team, though in the 100 free only and not this event.
- Markus Thormeyer swam 2:05.38 in the 200 back. Like Ruck, he is pre-selected to the Canadian Olympic Team, only he was selected to swim the 200 back.