Pratt’s Canadian Record, Richards’ 46.8 100 Free Highlight Final Night Of OJI


The final session of the 2019 Ontario Junior International did not disappoint, as the night featured some blistering swims across the board including a new Canadian Record from Cole Pratt.


The 17-year-old decimated the field in the men’s 200 backstroke final, blasting out in 25.77 before holding 28-mids the rest of the way for a final time of 1:51.30, breaking Markus Thormeyer‘s national mark of 1:51.57 set in October.

Pratt, a member of the Cascade Swim Club, went three seconds under his old best time of 1:54.27, which also stood as the 15-17 National Age Group Record until his swim tonight took it down. He was also more than two seconds under the previous meet record of 1:53.54 set by Loic St-Martin last year.


The other jaw-dropping performance on the night came in the men’s 100 freestyle, where Great Britain’s Matt Richards completed the 50/100/200 sweep in a very quick time of 46.84. His splits: 22.82/24.02.

The 16-year-old had broken Andrew Seliskar‘s 2014 meet record of 47.61 in the prelims with a 47.45 before smashing it tonight.

Richards, who went 48.8 this summer in long course, came into the meet with a short course best of 49.24.

North York’s Joshua Liendo was the runner-up to Richards in 47.51, breaking a 10-year-old Canadian 15-17 age record previously held by Hassaan Abdel-Khalik at 47.73. Liendo, 17, set his old best time at this meet last year in 47.84.

Two more Brits, 15-year-old Jacob Whittle and 16-year-old Edward Mildred, took third and fourth in 48.29 and 48.73 respectively, as the top-four finishers all came home under 25 seconds.


13-year-old standout Summer McIntosh broke her third 13-14 Canadian NAG in as many nights in the women’s 800 free, soaring to a time of 8:27.25 to break teammate Katrina Bellio‘s mark of 8:32.34 set this past July.

McIntosh dropped almost 10 seconds, having gone a best time just last month in 8:37.08. On days one and two the Etobicoke representative had broken the marks in the women’s 400 IM and 200 fly.

Bellio, now 15, was the runner-up in 8:34.55.


  • Ashley McMillan of KISU won the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:11.46, taking three seconds off her PB of 2:14.50 set last year. Greater Ottawa’s Regan Rathwell touched second in 2:13.75.
  • Rathwell won the women’s 200 back later in the session, clocking 2:07.56 for a new personal best time. She had previously been 2:08.92 in early November. Honey Osrin of Great Britain was second in 2:08.69.
  • Toronto Swim Club’s Graysen Bernard used the fastest fly and back splits in the field to win the men’s 200 IM in 2:00.71, erasing his best time of 2:02.45 from the heats.
  • Etobicoke’s Hanna Henderson won her fourth individual event of the meet in the women’s 100 free, going sub-54 for the first time in 53.41. Her 14-year-old teammate Elan Daley (54.87) edged Brooklyn Douthwright (54.88) for second.
  • Great Britain’s Katie Goodburn was the only swimmer to go under 32 in the women’s 50 breaststroke, winning in 31.34 for a new best by two-tenths.
  • Etobicoke kept their hot streak going with a win from Alexander Milanovich in the men’s 50 breast, clocking 27.06 to break Michael Andrew‘s 2015 meet record of 27.10. Gabe Mastromatteo tied Andrew’s record for silver, as both he and Milanovich recorded new best times.
  • Nepean’s David Quirie finished off his sweep of the men’s distance free events, winning the 1500 in a time of 15:09.31, edging Pointe-Claire’s Eric Brown (15:10.03) with a huge 27.14 last 50. Both were new personal bests.
  • After sitting out of the other relays, the Great Britain women’s team came together to win the 4×100 medley in a time of 4:06.76, topping Etobicoke (4:10.15) by over three seconds. The team was made up of Medi Harris, Goodburn, Sophie Freeman and Tamryn Van Selm.
  • The British men followed suit, winning in a massive meet record of 3:34.04 with the team of Charlie BrownKyle Booth, Mildred and Richards. Richards notably split 46.74. The previous record was set by Great Britain last year in 3:38.81.

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3 years ago

Cole Pratt has been extremely convincing in every race of this meet and huge in the 200 back. Clear improvements compared to the Junior Worlds on late August.
Summer McIntosh will have in the 400/800 free strong distances in her bright future of freer/flyer and Imer. Tonight she was 4.10 at 400m with a relaxed, efficient stroke. Really impressive swimmer in the making.
Already said about Richards and Whittle’s swimming growth. Very interesting to see their results at April trials.

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

Richards and Whittle’s trials are they in April ?, they are Brits . The Canadian Trials are in April . Not sure when the British trails take place?

Reply to  mike
3 years ago

From 14 to 19 April 2020 in London.

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

Thanks! Is it correct that Canadian Trials start last week in March first week of April?

Reply to  mike
3 years ago

March 30th-April 5th.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Thanks Braden.

3 years ago

Impressive from Pratt, Richards and McIntosh. Whittle and Mildred both well under the old British Junior record.

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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