Kylie Masse Earns 200 Back Gold On Night 2 Of Spanish Spring Open

2024 SPANISH SPRING OPEN

Racing on night two of the 2024 Spanish Spring Open, Kylie Masse of Canada captured the gold in the women’s 200m backstroke event.

Masse stopped the clock in a time of 2:08.44 as the sole swimmer of the field to get under the 2:10 barrier.

28-year-old Masse opened in 1:02.14 and closed in 1:06.30 to top the podium in a new meet record. Her outing surpassed the previous competition standard of 2:09.60 Spain’s Africa Zamorano put on the books in 2019.

Zamorano touched in 2:10.71 for the silver in tonight’s final and Estella Nollgen rounded out the top 3 finishers in 2:10.82.

Masse also raced on a club women’s 4x100m free relay, producing a 2nd leg of 55.57. This was after the star already earned gold on night one in the 50m back, firing off a big-time outing of 27.23 to rank #2 in the world this season. Her 2back time now ranks her just outside the top 10 performers.

Additional night two winners included the Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint and Spain’s Maria Garcia tying for gold in the women’s 50m free. They both touched in 25.55 for co-champion status.

Sergio Montalban of the host nation reaped the top spot in the men’s 50m free in 22.23 this evening.

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North Sea
1 month ago

58.93 for Masse in 100m back.

phelpsfan
1 month ago

Good time for Masse

Last edited 1 month ago by phelpsfan
Rob
1 month ago

I’m really excited because this is an Olympic year, the trials are a couple months away where I’m certain many best times and some outstanding swims are on tap. More importantly, looks like Paris 2024 is going to be a hotly contested affair. Few swimmers will dominate outright – there will be significant competition across the board and most likely world records will fall aplenty. Fingers crossed for a great year of competition!

Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
1 month ago

So glad to see Kylie showing signs of bouncing back to her past form. She is such a classy person to go along with being a heck of an athlete.

phelpsfan
1 month ago

Sort of unrelated, but can we have a prelims live recap for the Victorian Open?

Sub13
Reply to  phelpsfan
1 month ago

They don’t do that for small Aussie meets, only trials or nationals really (and for nationals it’s often just a final recap, not prelims). I imagine we’ll probably get an article on each day but no live recaps

Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Do you know if the results will be on Meet Mobile?

Sub13

Yep I can see them on there. Under “2024 Victorian Open LC Championships”

Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Thank you!

snailSpace
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Yeah, even a finals live recap is unlikely (and then Kaylee will break another WR xd).

Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if Kaylee put down some pretty impressive times in her backstroke events as well as the 200IM.

Sub13

Hopefully! She’s skipping the 200 back but doing 400 free and 200IM so no idea what her focus is atm.

Her schedule:

Day 1: 100 Breast, 100 Free
Day 2: 400 Free, 100 Back
Day 3: 200IM, 50 Back

The 200IM is really the only one of her proper events scheduled for her to hit a PB

Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Interesting that she is swimming the 400 Free. Do you think that there is a possibility that she is going to throw her hat into the 400IM at the trials? I thought I read somewhere that she really isn’t keen on adding it to her program.

Sub13

Nah definitely not. 400IM directly conflicts with 100 back.

200 free – 400IM – 100 back all in same session. They really don’t want Mollie or Kaylee swimming multiple events lol.

Basically my understanding of Kaylee’s plan is:
-100 and 200 back: 100% swimming
-200IM: 95% swimming it
-400IM: 0% swimming it

Robbos
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Yep, I agree 3 events is enough.
There are not too many Phelps out there, maybe Summer (or Ledecky 2016) & Marchand.

snailSpace
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

2016 Hosszu was pretty impressive with 4 individual medals, so maybe it’s more common than we think.

3 golds for Kaylee in Paris definitely shouldn’t be out of the question.

Robbos
Reply to  snailSpace
1 month ago

Hosszu was known as Iron woman
Phelps Is the GOAT
Ledecky female GOAT
Summer future GOAT
Marchand has to prove himself first.

Kaylee I’d prefer 2-3 golds than 3 silvers & 1 bronze.

commonwombat
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Concur. At very most, she may swim one per year ….. and most likely at a lower tier meet.

commonwombat
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Would place the 200IM at somewhere between 75-90%; much will depend on her form/times.

Do agree that 200free is probably off her Trials schedule unless she decides to throw down a big marker in heats but I’m sceptical this will actually occur. The reality is that, whilst she could certainly throw down a 1.55 split, she is not a “gamechanger”/necessity but rather a viable contingency resource for the 4X200.

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