Watch 14-Year-Old Summer McIntosh Post Blistering 1:56.19 200 Freestyle

by Ben Dornan 43

June 21st, 2021 News

2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

During the second night of finals at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials, 14-year-old Summer McIntosh threw down a 1:56.19 200 freestyle to collect the national title and book a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

Read all about that historic race here and check out the full race video, courtesy of CBC Olympics on YouTube:

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 1:54.44 – Taylor Ruck (2018)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:57.28

Podium

  1. Summer McIntosh – 1:56.19
  2. Penny Oleksiak – 1:57.24
  3. Rebecca Smith – 1:57.76

14-year-old Summer McIntosh managed to pull out her first win of the meet here with a 1:56 to book a spot on the Olympic team in the 200 freestyle. Prior to this meet McIntosh held a PB in the event of 1:57.65 from May of 2021 and has now swum the 6th fastest time in the world this season.

Penny Oleksiak didn’t need to win this event in order to swim the event in Tokyo as she was nominated already based on her 6th place finish in the event in Tokyo. Oleksiak did finish in the top 2 though and posted a 1:57.24 for the silver medal.

Oleksiak was a bit faster during the prelims where she posted a 1:57.07 meaning that she’s been under the FINA A twice today.

Rebecca Smith was 3rd overall with a 1:57.76 which is a little bit over the FINA A but will likely be enough to get her on the team in the 4×200 relay. That’s a bit slower than her PB which sits at a 1:57.43 from earlier this year.

Next, Katerine Savard was a 1:57.79 for 4th place and could also be getting the nod for the relay after qualifying individually for the 100 butterfly on day 1. Like Smith, Savard has been a little bit faster in the past, holding a PB of 1:57.13 from 2017.

Canada has medaled in the 4×200 freestyle a few times in the past few years, taking bronze in Rio in 2016, bronze in 2019 at Gwangju.

Mary-Sophie Harvey placed 5th overall with a 1:58.70 while Kayla Sanchez was 6th in a 1:58.81.

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Arthur
2 months ago

Does anyone know why Summer didn’t swim 400 free at trials? Was her 4:05 too late to qualify?

canadaman11
Reply to  Arthur
2 months ago

Someone else might know for sure, but it may have been strategic. Her 4:05 time from before will likely be enough to get her selected to the team in the 400m free since nobody swam below the A standard at trials. And she hadn’t met the A standards in the 200/800/1500m free events before trials, so she might have intentionally left the 400 off her trial schedule to focus on the events where she still needed to meet the A standard. She’s accomplished the 200m and the 800m is tonight. Any predictions on her time in the 800m?

MTK
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

I’m gonna guess 8:25 for McIntosh tonight. Big time drop coming from 8:35.30 PB.

Justin
Reply to  MTK
2 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s lower then that even the way she’s swimming.

canadaman11
Reply to  MTK
2 months ago

Looking at the 2019 World Championships, both her 200m and 400m times would have got her into the Final, and 8:29.70 was the prelim time of the #8 seed in the 800m. I think Summer’s 800m pb of 8:35.30 was actually the opening 800m of a recent 1500m race, so the sky is the limit. I’m going to say that she falls a little short of MacLean’s Canadian record of 8:20.02, so let’s say 8:24.

AnEn
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

On the other hand her 16:15 in the 1500 free wouldn’t have made the final in 2019. Maybe she is better at shorter distances at the moment. In my opinion 1:56 low is better than 4:05 low, but maybe she is already capable of going faster than 4:05 low. Will be very exciting to see what she can do tonight, anything between 8:15 and 8:30 seems possible.

Lucytheretriever
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

I am predicting 8:20

Janet
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

8:14.

Han
Reply to  Janet
2 months ago

I’ll guess 8:16

Jamie5678
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

Ledecky went 8.19.78 at 15 years old in the American trials in 2012. I reckon she has a good chance of dipping under that.

Summer's Fan
Reply to  canadaman11
2 months ago

She did make the FINA A standards in both 400 and 1500 a few weeks ago at the Take 5 HP and TPASC HP time Trial events, respectively. In the 1500 time trial, her split for 800 was 8:35.30, so I wouldn’t be surprised if her 800 time tonight is sub – 8:20.

Last edited 2 months ago by Summer's Fan
Joel
Reply to  Summer's Fan
2 months ago

Often the 800 time is not that much faster than the 800 mark of a 1500 though. 8.25 sounds more realistic

Jamie5678
Reply to  Arthur
2 months ago

I’m not 100 percent sure but I believe that she’s pretty much certain to get the slot for the 400 free. I’d imagine she didn’t swim it because her programme is already pretty intense for a 14 year old and she wants to be on the 800 relay.

Khachaturian
2 months ago

why is the picture of her swimming butterfly?

Admin
Reply to  Khachaturian
2 months ago

Because that’s the only photo of her we have.

Rafael
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

we all know that she went 1:56 swimming fly because on free would be too easy

Anonymoose
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

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Coach Mike 1952
2 months ago

Summer Mortimer huh? That announcer was WAY off. Also, need a Canadian IP address to watch it.

Last edited 2 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
Admin
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 months ago

Maybe a Freudian slip? Summer Mortimer is rather famous in her own right in Canada, and I’m sure it’s a name that the announcer has called many times.

Nancy Pulham
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 months ago

Mortimer was a lane judge on deck I believe. The announcer apologized later and corrected himself.

Jamie5678
2 months ago

Read an interview with Oleksiak where she commented on the race and she explained how McIntosh doesn’t fatigue in the same way because of her age. Certainly watching her last night she just took off in the last 50 or so and the already impressive margin of victory over a quality field was getting bigger towards the end.

Gen D
Reply to  Jamie5678
2 months ago

link please?

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
2 months ago

See you in tokyo this summer Summer!

Last edited 2 months ago by Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
Lucytheretriever
2 months ago

My prediction tonight in the 800 m
8:20 and new Canadian record with a fina a qualification. And wins it too!

AnEn
Reply to  Lucytheretriever
2 months ago

Her winning it doesn’t see like a very bold prediction. Is there any other canadian woman who could go sub 8:30?

nuotofan
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Neither “anything between 8:15 and 8:30 seems possible” seems a very bold prediction..lol

AnEn
Reply to  nuotofan
2 months ago

Yes, although it was close …
My point was that we haven’t seen enough from her to make good predictions. I think her previous PB was the first 800 of a 1500 free, so it was impossible to predict what her improving her 200 free PB would mean for her 800 free time.

The unoriginal Tim
2 months ago

Cant see the video in my country but always hate it when people swim fly on freestyle. Good time though 🙂

In all seriousness this is unreal.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
2 months ago

Bobo Gigi do you have the video for us foreigners?