Masse Climbs Tokyo Backstroke Ladder with Canadian Record 57.70


Kylie Masse broke her own four year-old Canadian Record in the 100 back tonight at the Canadian Olympic Trials, blasting a 57.70 that makes her the 2nd-fastest woman in the world this year, and moves her ahead of Kathleen Baker and Kathleen Dawson to #3 all-time in the event.

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Masse was is one of six Canadian swimmers who were “pre-qualified” for the Olympics, after Swimming Canada first shifted its Trials date from April to May (and then later to June).

This race was already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events of next month’s Olympic Games, and Masse’s swim today makes the very top-end of the field even more crowded. Four of the five fastest women all-time in this event should be competing in Tokyo, meaning at least one of them will miss out on a medal of any color, and it’s quite possibly that we could see three sub-58 efforts.

All-Time Rankings, Women’s 100 Back

  1. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 57.43, 2021
  2. Regan Smith (USA) – 57.57, 2019
  3. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 57.70, 2021
  4. Kathleen Baker (USA) – 58.00, 2018
  5. Kathleen Dawson (GBR) – 58.08, 2021

Masse’s improvement came on the front, where she was out 28.07 today compared to 28.51 in 2017. Her back half splits were essentially identical, with a 29.63 today versus a 29.59 in 2017.

2021 2017
1st 50 28.07 28.51
2nd 50 29.63 29.59
Total 57.70 58.10

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1 month ago

It’s entirely possible that a 57 won’t medal in Tokyo. I never thought I’d live the day to see that.

Reply to  Jeah
1 month ago

It’s easy to caught up in the hype of best times.

People thought it might take 57.high to qualify on the US team in 100bk and it ended up at 58.mid.

People thought it might take sub 48 to make top 6 in 100fr at US trials, and it was more like 48.4.

The odds are that some of those among the top contenders will swim slower at the Olympics than they did at trials.

Reply to  MTK
1 month ago

I think the Olympics will actually be faster

Reply to  MTK
1 month ago

Because that was based off times from two years ago three women went 57 in one week…

Reply to  Jeah
1 month ago

I think semis will be very fast and the final will be around 57high-58 low to win. A lot of pressure given how fast the event has progressed

Reply to  Jeah
1 month ago

I said more or less the same at the end of last year and it gave me almost only downvotes, now there are more upvotes than downvotes at least.

1 month ago

Well…this and the men’s 200 breast are probably the most improved events since rio it’s unbelievable with how much depth there is in these events now.

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Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

The men’s 200 brst is completely broken.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

What the hell is happening in this event, good Lord

Masse not letting the teenagers run away with it just yet


Whoever wins at the Olympics, the women’s 100 back should be an exciting race.

1 month ago

Kylie Masse has been pure class since calendar year 2017.

1 month ago

honestly, Masse is my favorite win now. Smith, Mckeown, and Masse are the only ones in 57, and Masse has the experience and pedigree. She’s proven she has the ability to get her hand on the wall first, which I think is far more important than times. In my head, Imcomparing this to Manuel vs Sjostrom/Campbell over the last quad in the spring frees, and its like that, except Masse’s times are closer and her competitors are significantly younger and less experienced. However, that does give them more room to drop, so I could be totally wrong here

Reply to  Backstrokebro
1 month ago

I would say McKeown

1 month ago

Way to go Kylie!! Although the competition has become fierce you have shown great determination to compete. Can’t wait for Tokyo!

SwimFan NU
1 month ago

The final could be slower with the added pressure of how tight the race is but I’m expecting some super fast times in the semifinals and I’m stoked. Who woulda thought 58.0 only put you in fifth heading into finals even 2 years ago

1 month ago

I just looked at her 100 back results and it was mighty impressive.

Rio Olympics 16 – Bronze
World Champs 17 – Gold
Commonwealth Games 18 – Gold
Pan Pacs 18 – Gold
World Champs 19 – Gold

She has proven herself in big stages when swimming side by side with the favorites. That is her edge.
With a sub 58 under her belt, she’ll fight for that olympic gold.

Can’t wait for Tokyo uggg

Reply to  Nono
1 month ago

I would give the edge to Masse because of everything you’ve listed, and the fact that when she’s competed against
Kaylee McKeown she’s beaten her every time. In addition, Reagan Smith is not a “natural sprinter” and her better event is the 200m backstroke. If she’s really on, she’s capable of winning the 100m, but the 200m suits her better.

Last edited 1 month ago by Siobhan
Reply to  Siobhan
1 month ago

A lot has changed since McKeown last raced Masse and Smith went out in 27.74 in her WR swim so probably was in WR form in the 50 back or close to it.

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Good points.

Reply to  Siobhan
1 month ago

Well so much for Reagan in the 200m backstroke!

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Siobhan
1 month ago

Kaylee McKeown: my powers have doubled since the last time we met

SwimFan NU

Clearly Masse has upped her game too

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Reply to  Siobhan
1 month ago

The fact she has beaten Kaylee is irrelevant. Kaylee was a baby when they last raced and is a completely different swimmer now.

I’m saying that she definitely has a shot at the win.

Will take another couple tenths faster I would think, as I expect one of the young girls to deliver a swim at around or under the WR at minimum, meaning 57.7 won’t cut it.