Summer McIntosh Posts 1:57 200 Free to Break 13-14 Year-Old Canadian Record

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Less than a day after throwing down a time of 16:15.19 in the 1500 freestyle to become the third fastest Canadian all-time, 14-year-old Summer McIntosh swam a blazing time of 1:57.65 in the 200m freestyle. 

With her performance, McIntosh slashed over 4 seconds off of her best time in the event, which previously stood at 2:02.17. In addition, McIntosh set a new Canadian Age Group record for 13-14 year-old girls in the event, slicing almost 3 seconds off of the record of 2:00.52, which was previously set by Olympic medalist Taylor Ruck in 2015. 

Ruck was a member of the Canadian team at the 2016 Olympic Games, and won a bronze medal as a member of the team’s 800 freestyle relay. In addition, Ruck holds the current Canadian national record with her time of 1:54.44 from the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, where she won the gold medal in the individual 200 freestyle. 

With her time, McIntosh now ranks at the 4th fastest Canadian woman in the event since January 2018, putting her in the position to earn a relay berth for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics at the upcoming Canadian Olympic Trials. Canada is already pre-qualified to compete in Tokyo due to their 3rd place finish at the 2019 World Championships. 

Canadian Rankings: Women’s 200 Freestyle Since January 1, 2018

  1. Taylor Ruck 1:54.44 (August 9, 2018)
  2. Penny Oleksiak 1:56.41 (July 23, 2019)
  3. Kayla Sanchez 1:57.23 (August 9, 2018) 
  4. Summer McIntosh 1:57.65 (May 8, 2021) 
  5. Rebecca Smith 1:57.72 (June 13, 2018) 

At the 2019 World Championships, McIntosh’s time would’ve made her the 2nd fastest swimmer on the prelims relay, with only Emily Overholt (1:57.11) coming in faster off of a rolling start. 

Notably, McIntosh’s time would rank her as the fastest 13-14 year-old in USA history as well, coming almost a second under Sippy Woodhead’s NAG record of 1:58.53 that has stood since 1978. 

In order to make the team individually for the 200 freestyle, McIntosh would have to win the event at the Olympic Trials meet as Penny Oleksiak was already pre-selected to swim the event at the Olympics. 

All 5 of Canada’s top women raced alongside McIntosh at the test event, with the exception of 2018 Pan Pacs Champion Taylor Ruck. Oleksiak finished first overall with a time of 1:57.37, Smith touched just ahead of McIntosh for second in 1:57.43. Kayla Sanchez came in 4th with a time of 1:58.07. 

 

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1 month ago

Hard work paying off! Well deserved result!

Yozhik
1 month ago

How tall is she? Any recent pictures of her?
Such a jump in personal bests cannot be only a result of coach’s successful program and summer’s hard working. Unfortunately, (or maybe just an opposite, fortunately) we cannot tell if that is the beginning of bright successful sport career or this progress is close to the end when physical transformation gets completed.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
jane
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

5’7″

Yozhik
Reply to  jane
1 month ago

5’7″ ?!!!. Get out of town. Then we have a smaller version of Li Bingjie (5’9″)

jane
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Maggie is only 5’6″ and Kayla is 5’7″

Yozhik
Reply to  jane
1 month ago

Wow! Never even thought that such a thing is possible in contemporary competitive swimming. Sure we can find historical examples of outstanding swimmers who were not tall. But so many in one team? Wow! Then Oleksiak and Ruck should look like a giants among them.

mills
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

You’re having trouble determining whether a 14 year old girl swimming 1:57 is the start of a bright career or not?…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdXYVPv-gAI

Yozhik
Reply to  mills
1 month ago

Let me remind you a story that you know for sure.
The year 2012. London Olympics. The huge wave of very young girls becoming Olympic champions showing phenomenal times and setting exceptional world records:
Meilutyte (15),
Ledecky (15).
Ye (16).
Franklin (17).
In a year only one of these four was keeping on setting 14 world records. Other girls from this list declined pretty rapidly.
So if to trust this statistics only 25% of extraordinary gifted at young age girls stay on the top of the game for more than two years.
I know this argument doesn’t have a merit. But neither does yours.
Peace. Let’s wish her bright future.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
violin boi
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

that is fax doe

Mr Piano
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Michael Phelps went from 2:04-1:59.0 in the 200 fly in just a few months when he was 14, then months later went 1:56. Idk man, I think 1:57 at 14 is a good sign.

Troyy
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Not agreeing with Yozhik but a male isn’t a good comparison.

Yozhik
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Why is it so important for you to underline your disagreement with Yozhik when making a correct statement. Are you afraid to become yozhikish in the eyes of this board when your argument is correct? Yeah, it would be a shame. I understand. I have the same feelings looking at the mirror each morning and seeing the person who looks exactly like Yozhik. I was thinking of broking this danm mirror but on the other hand who is he at the end. The mirror is expensive. It isn’t worth it. 😀 😀 😀

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
Penguin
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Oh, little hedgehog

Canuswim
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

After well over a year break from racing in Canada, is a 4 second drop for any 200 lc event from a young female teen unexpected in a successful program? How much drop in time would be “normal”?

swimgeek
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

14 yr old boys do not equal 14 yr old girls.

SwimLife
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Have been following her progress for a couple of years. She is a natural and has ben blowing away records in every age group, good at every stroke. She is not tall. Maybe around 5’7″. Predictions of world records and Olympic medals in the future. This kid has amazing stamina too.

NadadeNada
Reply to  SwimLife
1 month ago

I’m pretty sure she had a head start with her mom former Olympian Jill Horstead. Teaching starts and turns at a young age truly pays off. This is not just by chance she is talented there is a lot of work that has been done over the years.

SwimLife
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Also….There have been zero competitions in Canada for over a year. So, in a non-covid world, you would have seen her progression without such a big jump I’m her times. She’s the real deal.

Cindy
Reply to  SwimLife
1 month ago

Exactly!! At 12yrs she was swimming phenomenal and making waves … proud of her. (As were Penny, Kayla & Maggie) A lot to have on your shoulders at 14.

The selection identification worked for Summer.

Justin
Reply to  SwimLife
1 month ago

Which event or events you referring too? Seems the Canadian girls have been ultra competitive for a while now in almost all disciplines.

NadadeNada
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

5’7”

Who Knows?
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Why can’t this drop be a result of great coaching, program and hard work? Because you say so? A 4 sec drop in any 200 in well over a year for a young female teen – not that crazy. What would you feel is a reasonable drop in time over a year to be considered due to hard work, program and coaching? 2 sec? 3 sec?

NCSwimFan
1 month ago

Holy smokes, that’s fast for any age, let alone 14! Great job, Summer!