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


  • May 7-8, 2021
  • Toronto Pan American Sports Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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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Sam B
1 year ago

her 100 fly in 2019 was incredible, she is pretty freaking talented

Go Canada
1 year ago

157 200 Free at 14 is amazing. Why the rush to get her competing at that level now when she has plenty of good years ahead. Hope she doesn’t become another victim of overtraining too much at a young age.

Reply to  Go Canada
1 year ago

So true! This kid has been training heavily for several years .. always done extra training
She is amazing and hopefully she will continue for many years to come.

Reply to  Go Canada
1 year ago

There are kids who shows signs of greatness at young age(12-14) unfortunately, there are believers like you , who presses the break and not allowing the kids to compete at the highest level. If I’m not mistaken, they follows the long term athlete development plan. Many cases by the time they reach 14-16, the signs of greatness diminished because their level of training never change. Remain hopeful coaches in Canada specially on the club level will review their levels of trainings.

He said what?
1 year ago

She reminds me a LOT of Sippy Woodhead. Both young, very talented, small and with a boatload of talent. Sippy was decades ahead of her time. I think we are going to experience this all over again. I am excited at the prospect!

Corn Pop
Reply to  He said what?
1 year ago

There were 4 14-15 year old freestyle mid distance girls in 78 who broke world recs . Kim Sippy Tracey & Michelle. The latter 3 had 2021 Olympic A qualifying times!

Last edited 1 year ago by Corn Pop
1 year ago

When you swim next to Summer or even stand next to her on deck, you feel like you are in the presence of something outwardly. I’m a male few years older than her, and was swimming next to next for a few years and I still don’t understand how she can do it! Look at her progression in any distance free, 400 IM or 200 fly event. When she was aging up, she was beating those age group records not by a second, but by 10-20-30 seconds. Some of them were standing for decades! Good genes, a LOT of hard work, razor sharp focus when it’s needed – that’s Summer! It’s definitely just the beginning of a great career! ESWIM… Read more »

Reply to  SwimFan02
1 year ago

The 13 year girls used to say OMG I have to race that 10 year old at provincial races. She does not feel pain like the others do. Good for her though she’s a nice girl. Best of luck Summer.

1 year ago


1 year ago

As a past swimmer I can say that I am so excited to see how far summer goes in her swimming future

1 year ago

Could be one to watch in Tokyo, just like Penny was in Rio, She’s very young and has no high profile very dangerous!

1 year ago

Seems like Smith should be ahead in the Canadian rankings if she beat McIntosh in this race. Super fast time though!

Reply to  Joe
1 year ago

Smith didn’t race the 1500 in the time trial.

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