Kylie Masse Breaks Canadian Record; Summer McIntosh Swims 4:37 IM in Toronto

2022 Canadian Trials Selection Prep Event

  • March 3-6, 2022
  • Toronto Pan Am Sports Center, Toronto, Ontario
  • Long Course Meters (LCM)
  • Live Results

Canadian backstroker Kylie Masse set a new Canadian Record on Friday morning at a Selection Trials prep event in Toronto.

The Canadian Selection Trials will be held in Victoria from April 5-10, so Canadian swimmers racing this weekend are about a month out of the meet that will select teams for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, and “additional international events.”

Masse swam 27.62 in prelims of the 50 backstroke. That shaved .02 seconds off her best time of 27.62, the former Canadian Record, that was set in the semifinals at the 2017 World Championships.

Masse swam a lifetime best in every other backstroke event in 2021 (50 SCM, 100 LCM/SCM, 200 LCM/SCM), so this 50 long course backstroke was a bit of a lagging event for her.

Masse’s record-breaking swim came on the same day that it was revealed that her coach Ben Titley would be leaving the High Performance Center in Toronto, Ontario.

Masse also swam the 100 back on Thursday and 2on in 59.25. Her HPC training partners Ashley McMillan, 17, and Regan Rathwell, 18, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in that race in 1:00.00 and 1:00.16.

Other Highlights Through First 3 Sessions:

  • Summer McIntosh, who was 4th at last summer’s Olympic Games in the 400 free, led the prelims field in the 400 IM in 4:37.83 on Friday. Now 15, that shatters the Canadian Age Record for 15-year olds. The old record of 4:42.03 was set at the 2013 World Junior Championships by Emily Overholt. McIntosh has shown huge improvements in this event in short course, but her previous long course best time was 4:50. She is now the 7th-fastest Canadian ever in that event at any age.
  • The next great Etobicoke distance swimmer may have emerged on Thursday. 14-year old Syliva Statkevicius dropped more than 27 seconds off her best time in the 800 free to win the race in 8:55.23; her 14-year old teammate Maya Bezanson dropped 9 seconds to finish 2nd in 8:57.17. That ranks them 16th and 19th all-time in Canadian history among 14-year olds in that event.
  • Javier Acevedo held off Finlay Knox to win the 100 back 55.83-55.97. 17-year old Tristan Jankovics was 3rd in 56.54, improving on a seed time of 1:00.18 to now rank among Canada’s top 10 all-time at his age.
  • Olympian Kayla Sanchez won the 50 free in 25.40; she was faster at 25.15 in prelims.
  • Finlay Knox, returning off a surgery in the fall, swam 1:50.66 in the 200 free on Friday in prelims. That’s only a second short of his flat-start best of 1:49.53 in the event.

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caswim
3 months ago

Summer just went 4:29.1 in finals. Stop the presses. I repeat: Summer just went 4:29.1 in finals.

Masse also lowered her record from this morning.

Troyy
Reply to  caswim
3 months ago

The way Masse swims the 100 BK she should be able to go 27 low at least.

Last edited 3 months ago by Troyy
Aquajosh
3 months ago

I had to refresh it several times because I couldn’t believe my eyes. According to the site linked above, she went a 4:29.12 in finals.

That not only destroys the Junior World Record, it is the fastest time we’ve seen since Katinka broke the world record, and would have won the Olympics by three seconds. Wow.

This isn’t even her taper meet. SwimSwam, is this time correct?!

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

Wow, Summer just went 4:29 in the finals!

Bo Swims
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

Mind blown

Gen D
Reply to  Bo Swims
3 months ago

Wow!!!! What does this mean for her other events O_O

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
3 months ago

Considering Masse has been flipping in 27s to the feet for her 100, I’m a little surprised she hasn’t been quicker than 27.6.

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka

It’s still March. Give her time.

Caeleb Dressel & Alex Walsh best couple <3
3 months ago

It’s the summer of 1969 in Canada baby!

katie’s gator cap :)

bruh your username…

Tomek
3 months ago

I do not understand how Masse can break canadian record with 27.62 when her entry time was 26.13

Jdjsbaks
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Scm conversion is my guess.

John
Reply to  Tomek
3 months ago

Either a conversion error or straight up entry error, nothing more.

Yozhik
3 months ago

I still cannot accept that Summer McIntosh has far reaching future in contemporary competitive swimming. 5’6” and 99lb do not sound like average physical parameters of swimmers that we see on the podium at major international meets.
Sure Janet Evans was even one inch shorter and her records were not beaten for20(!) years. But it was 34 years ago and a lot of things have changed in swimming since then.Much more often we see an examples when young swimming prodigies disappear from the competition becoming mature. Multiple cases with East Asian women. I think that this year when she gets 16 will answer the question if we see Summer McIntosh among top contenders in Paris at all.

Miranda
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Um, I wouldn’t judge someone that much… it seems like you are really judging her body

Chlorinetherapy
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
William Shakespeare

Last edited 3 months ago by Chlorinetherapy
Yozhik
Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
3 months ago

Sure, who cares about laws of physics. 🙂 Power of the will that is what sport is all about. Maybe she at this young age is able to generate 99% of her maximum available power and larger swimmers are efficient at 60% level only.
But this delicate balance can change in a month with body growth and maturity. And no matter how fierce you are the law of physics cannot be ignored anymore and will keep you out of podium.

oxyswim
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Where are you getting that she is 99 lbs? I haven’t seen that number, and she didn’t look that slight at the Olympics.

Yozhik
Reply to  oxyswim
3 months ago

Wiki

Laneline
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

All I can say is info on Wiki is very very wrong. Lol. I thought you would do better than to say your source is Wiki – you just lost even more credibility.

Troyy
Reply to  Laneline
3 months ago

Wikipedia’s source was the Canadian Olympic Committee website but it’s been removed probably because of Taylor Ruck revealing her eating disorder.

https://web.archive.org/web/20210630132824/https://olympic.ca/team-canada/summer-mcintosh/

Laneline
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Yes, again very wrong info. But feel free to believe if you prefer.

Yozhik
Reply to  Laneline
3 months ago

How can I loose what I don’t have? 🙂
I am here to entertain myself. Don’t you know that?
My sources are wiki, quora, swimswam’s chat section, several kinds of databases including FINA, USSwimming, my own and similar bs.
Never trust me and take me seriously.
Credibility, how can you be so naïve? You are probably very young. I don’t even know what this word means. A lot of meaningless words this language has. Maybe you are such a person. Then tell your real name, so everybody can see finally an example. Why are you hiding?

swimfan
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

https://www.swimming.ca/en/swimmer/summer-mcintosh/ AGE 15
HEIGHT 173 cm / 5 ft 8 in

katie’s gator cap :)
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

yeah don’t trust wiki

jane
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

She looked taller than 5’6″ in Abu Dhabi

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

World Junior record for Summer as well?

CanSwim13
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

Mio Narita was a 4:36.71 yesterday in Japan

Gen D
Reply to  CanSwim13
3 months ago

It looks like SM’s time was in prelims, so maybe she’ll manage to find a few seconds during finals this evening

Swimfan
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

The real WJR belongs to Ye Shiwen in 4:28.4. That was during the OGs in London, when she was 16.

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ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

Why hasn’t she been given credit for it?

Joel
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
3 months ago

FINA

Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

: Why isn‘t Caeleb Dressel the WJR holder in the 50 free ?

On the 8th of August 2015 he went 21.53, meaning he was 18 years old and 11 months, so still eligible.

MA holds it now in 21.75

Last edited 3 months ago by Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
Troyy

Goes by age at the end of the year.

snarky
Reply to  Swimfan
3 months ago

EPOnymous!

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