Masse, Women’s Medley Relay Continue To Rewrite Canadian Records

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

The Canadian women continue to dazzle here in Rio, breaking two more Canadian records this morning in the medley relay prelims, qualifying 2nd overall for tomorrow night’s final.

Leading off, 100 back bronze medalist Kylie Masse broke her own Canadian record set in her bronze medal winning swim of 58.76 by a tenth in 58.66, giving the Canadians a sizeable lead in the first of two prelim heats.

Three more solid legs from Rachel NicolNoemie Thomas and Taylor Ruck gave the Canadians the win in heat 1, and also broke the Canadian record in the relay by over a second in 3:56.80.

They broke the previous record of 3:57.87 set back in 2009 at the World Championship during the infamous tech suit era.

That gives them Canadian records in eight different events here in Rio, including all three female relays.

Here’s a comparison of the splits between the two relays:

2009 World Championships

2016 Olympic Games

Julia Wilkinson – 1:00.37

Kylie Masse – 58.66

Annamay Pierse – 1:06.48

Rachel Nicol – 1:06.97

Audrey Lacroix – 57.51

Noemie Thomas – 57.66

Victoria Poon – 53.51

Taylor Ruck – 53.66

3:57.87

3:56.80 NR

After the dust had settled in the second heat, the Canadians held the 2nd fastest time behind only the Americans who went 3:54.67. They are followed closely by Denmark, Australia, Russia and China, but will be making a few lineup changes for tomorrow’s final.

The Canadians are expected to move 100m silver medalist Penny Oleksiak onto the butterfly leg, while putting Chantal van Landeghem on the freestyle. Oleksiak will gain over a second off of what Thomas did here, while van Landeghem’s 52.90 relay split from the 400 free relay will give them at least another half a second off of Ruck’s split.

The Americans are the only team who will likely make more moves than Canada, as they’ll exchange all four of their legs. They are the huge favorites for gold, but behind them the Canadians are right in the thick of things for a medal.

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times (SCM): 50 FR - 24.70 100 FR - 53.88 200 FR - 1:56.12 1500 FR - 16:45.97 100 BK - …

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