Canadian National Teamer Mary-Sophie Harvey has withdrawn from the 2018 Pan Pac Trials as a result of multiple health issues.
In an Instagram post late on Tuesday evening, Harvey said that she has been dealing with shoulder issues for the past couple of months, and has to have her wisdom teeth removed – which she says “has become much more pressing lately.”
The 18-year old Harvey swam on Canada’s team at last year’s World Championships, where she finished 14th in the 200 free, 11th in the 400 free, and 19th in the 400 IM. She was also on Canada’s 8th-place 800 free relay.
Harvey’s best times would have seeded her in the following positions for Canada’s Pan Pac Trials, which run from July 18th-22nd in Edmonton:
- 200 free – 1:57.81 (4th seed)
- 400 free – 4:09.69 (1st seed)
- 400 IM – 4:36.48 (2nd seed)
Harvey is the Canadian Record holder in the 25 meter pool in the 400 free (4:02.23) and 400 IM (4:26.42).
Several other international-caliber swimmers, including Canadian teammates Jade Hannah and Faith Nelson, as well as British Olympian Aimee Willmott and Dutch Olympic champion Femke Heemskerk commented on her Instagram post to wish her well.
The full text of Harvey’s Instagram post:
As some of you know, I’ve been dealing with shoulders issues for the past couple of months, as well I am trying to schedule my wisdom teeth extraction, which has become much more pressing lately! After some meetings, I’ve come to the tough decision to pull out of Pan Pac Trials. It wasn’t an easy decision but thankfully everyone around me has been really supportive. Good luck to everyone competing next week!! & Now time for me to work on getting everything fixed and ready for next season💪🏽🤗