NAG Records Fall, Sanchez Shines On Night 1 Of OJI

2019 Ontario Junior International

Four Canadian National Age Group Records fell on the opening night of the 2019 Ontario Junior International meet in Toronto, along with some meet records on what was a very fast day of racing.

NAG Records Go Down

The first NAG of the day came during the prelims Kenora’s Gabe Mastromatteo went sub-1:00 for the first time in the men’s 100 breaststroke, clocking 59.88 to erase Finlay Knox‘s 15-17 age group record of 59.92. Mastromatteo went on to torch his newly minted record in the final in 58.97, with Knox taking second in 1:00.11.

North York’s Joshua Liendo also broke a record in both prelims and finals, first crushing his boys’ 15-17 100 fly record of 52.45 in a time of 51.67. The 17-year-old took it town a second time at night, clocking 51.48, narrowly missing the meet record of 51.43 set by Great Britain’s Jacob Peters last year.

Another Brit, Edward Mildred, was the runner-up tonight in 52.27, lowering his old best of 52.62 set in the heats.

Also taking down a Canadian NAG was Summer McIntosh, who recently turned 13 after rewriting the record book in the 11-12 age group. After missing Mary-Sophie Harvey‘s 13-14 mark of 4:40.94 by just 0.06 in the prelims, the Etobicoke product knocked it off by almost three seconds tonight in 4:38.16. Coming into the meet her best was 4:43.98 from October.

15-year-old Ashley McMillan of KISU was the runner-up in 4:39.21, crushing her old PB of 4:45.06 by almost six seconds.

In the men’s 400 IM, Cascade’s Cole Pratt took out his 15-17 NAG and meet record of 4:10.66 in 4:09.22, winning by almost 11 seconds.

Meet Records Fall

World Championship medalist Kayla Sanchez took one out in the women’s 50 backstroke, recording a personal best time of 26.36 to lower Danielle Hanus‘ 26.63 from 2016. Coming into the competition with a best of 26.78, Sanchez is now just over two-tenths shy of Kylie Masse‘s National Record of 26.15.

Sanchez also had a win in the 100 breaststroke. The 18-year-old broke 1:10 for the first time this morning in 1:07.13 and then got down to 1:05.93 tonight to top the final by over two seconds.

In the men’s 200 freestyle, Great Britain’s Matt Richards had a sizzling swim of 1:43.64, tying Andrew Seliskar‘s meet record from 2014. It was his second PB of the day after going 1:44.53 in the prelims.

Mildred was second in 1:45.51, and Liendo took third in 1:46.34.

We also saw new meet marks set in the distance events, as Island’s Chantel Jeffrey broke the women’s 1500 mark by over five seconds in 16:43.98, and Nepean’s David Quirie edged out the men’s 800 record by 0.09 in 7:53.56. Michael McGillivray was also under the old record, 0.02 back in 7:53.58.


  • Brit Tamryn Van Selm won a tight race in the women’s 200 free, clocking 1:57.77 to out-touch Brooklyn Douthwright (1:57.83) and Katrina Bellio (1:58.15).
  • Etobicoke’s Hanna Henderson won the women’s 100 fly by doing the same thing as Mastromatteo. Cracking a minute for the first time this morning in 59.79, she hit 58.56 to win easily tonight.
  • Toronto’s Graysen Bernard broke 25 seconds for the first time to win the men’s 50 back in 24.92.
  • The Etobicoke team of McIntosh, Elan Daley, Henderson and Bellio claimed the women’s 800 free relay by over five seconds in 8:07.03.
  • The Pointe-Claire quartet of Philippe RobinsEduard Fullum-HuotStanford Li and Patrick Hussey took the men’s 800 free relay in 7:25.41. 800 free winner Quirie was the lone swimmer to split sub-1:50 for seventh-place Nepean, anchoring in 1:48.59.

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2 years ago

Hadn’t picked up on this to begin with but Matt Richards has broken 3 individual Welsh records in 50 fly/free and 200 free at this meet.

2 years ago

21.65 50 free in heats for Matt Richards. Don’t think he turns 17 until next week – How many 16 year old boys have been 21.6/1.43? Whittle, who turned 15 a few months ago, backs up his 1.48 with a 22.2 50fr heat. Mildred, also 16, leads 200fl heats in 1.55s. Wouldn’t surprised to see all of them go to Tokyo – Rapidly improving young men.

British men look to have an incredible next gen.

Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Richards also leads the heats in the 50 fly. Can’t wait for his 100 free tomorrow as that is probably his best event.

2 years ago

The battle for 4×2 spots continues to intrigue in GB.

2 years ago

Easy bet: this time Matt Richards, northeless his huge swim, wasn’t in the title but he will be many times in the future.
Last time I watched him swimming in streaming was in LCM at Eurojunior in Kazan on early July, and I was highly impressed by his win in the 100 free (48.88) and silver medalist in the 200 free (1.47.23). He’s going on with the good work: great underwaters and easy speed in his impressive 1.43.64 of this 200 free final. He isn’t tall but I think he has so many aquatic skills that he’ll succeed also at absolute levels. Nice improvements also from the other two great British prospects: Mildred (impressive double for him with 1.45.51… Read more »

2 years ago

Cole Pratt also broke the 16-17 age group record in his 400im swim.

2 years ago

Sanchez’s times would have been the top ENS 50 back at the ISL stops and her 100 br would be the second fastest. She may have a busy schedule in Las Vegas

2 years ago

Ummm, headline should mention ‘Canadian’ NAGs

Reply to  James Sutherland
2 years ago

Not when you are scrolling the homepage and see ‘Foster breaks a NAG’, ‘Curzan breaks a NAG’, fives NAGs broken at OJI….

Reply to  Yup
2 years ago

You need to brush up on your swimmer nationalities.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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