Canadian Olympic Trials: Summer McIntosh Adds A Cut in 800 Free

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Summer McIntosh; Photo Courtesy: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada

Canadian Olympic Trials: Summer McIntosh Adds A Cut in 800 Free

Summer McIntosh’s Tokyo plan just got a little busier.

The 14-year-old Canadian phenom added an Olympic A cut in the 800 freestyle Monday at Canadian Olympic Trials, going 8:29.48.

McIntosh had come in with a seed time of 8:46.15, but she continues to lop time off at a monstrous pace. She was under Canadian-record pace for the first 400 meters before fading a little late. The Canadian record has held since 2014 in the hands of Brittany MacLean at 8:20.02. That mark wasn’t among McIntosh’s goals on the night, though.

“I think it’s the same for every race,” McIntosh said. “I just figure out my race strategy, what I’m trying to hold, what I’m trying to be out in, and assess my training, talk to my coaches and see what I’m able to do.”

McIntosh qualified for the 200 free on Sunday, outdueling Penny Oleksiak to get an A cut. She already has an A cut in the 400 free as well.

Her time drops in the events – just shy of 16 seconds in this case – have been the stuff of age-group meets. The only difference is that hers are landing her near the top 10 in the world. While McIntosh said she hasn’t been truly surprised by any time drops and that they reflect the work she’s putting in, they’re still exciting for her.

“It’s been great,” she said. “Hard work pays off. It’s really amazing when you can see all your hard work coming into effect in your races.”

Second in the race was Katrina Bellio, McIntosh’s 16-year-old club teammate at Etobicoke, who has also dropped time rapidly this spring. She clocked in at 8:38.12, easily outdistancing Alyson Ackman in third.

Emma O’Croinin, who entered as the top seed with a time of 8:39.63, was well back of that in sixth.

Women’s 800 freestyle

Event 11  Women 800 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
     CANADIAN: N 8:20.02  2014-08-21Brittany MacLean, ESWIM
    OLYMPIC A: A 8:33.36
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed     Finals        
==================================================================
  1 Summer McIntosh       06 ESWIM             8:46.15    8:29.48A 
    r:+0.82  28.88      1:00.26 (31.38)
        1:31.57 (31.31)     2:03.06 (31.49)
        2:34.53 (31.47)     3:06.43 (31.90)
        3:38.38 (31.95)     4:10.84 (32.46)
        4:43.13 (32.29)     5:15.58 (32.45)
        5:47.70 (32.12)     6:20.21 (32.51)
        6:52.57 (32.36)     7:25.40 (32.83)
        7:58.25 (32.85)     8:29.48 (31.23)
  2 Bellio, Katrina        04 ESWIM             8:41.77    8:38.12  
    r:+0.73  29.65      1:01.24 (31.59)
        1:33.24 (32.00)     2:05.37 (32.13)
        2:37.67 (32.30)     3:10.23 (32.56)
        3:42.88 (32.65)     4:15.64 (32.76)
        4:48.21 (32.57)     5:21.17 (32.96)
        5:54.17 (33.00)     6:27.20 (33.03)
        7:00.42 (33.22)     7:33.76 (33.34)
        8:06.23 (32.47)     8:38.12 (31.89)
  3 Ackman, Alyson         93 PCSC              8:48.05    8:41.58  
    r:+0.69  29.29      1:01.16 (31.87)
        1:33.21 (32.05)     2:05.58 (32.37)
        2:38.00 (32.42)     3:10.94 (32.94)
        3:43.74 (32.80)     4:16.66 (32.92)
        4:49.52 (32.86)     5:22.67 (33.15)
        5:55.52 (32.85)     6:28.80 (33.28)
        7:02.06 (33.26)     7:35.69 (33.63)
        8:08.97 (33.28)     8:41.58 (32.61)
  4 Anderson, Olivia       99 ESWIM             8:47.11    8:51.81  
    r:+0.73  29.99      1:02.34 (32.35)
        1:35.13 (32.79)     2:08.08 (32.95)
        2:41.36 (33.28)     3:14.56 (33.20)
        3:47.94 (33.38)     4:21.29 (33.35)
        4:54.68 (33.39)     5:28.45 (33.77)
        6:02.07 (33.62)     6:36.15 (34.08)
        7:10.29 (34.14)     7:44.40 (34.11)
        8:18.82 (34.42)     8:51.81 (32.99)
  5 Jansen, Ella           05 ESWIM             8:54.14    8:53.53  
    r:+0.84  30.15      1:03.07 (32.92)
        1:36.29 (33.22)     2:09.85 (33.56)
        2:43.28 (33.43)     3:16.70 (33.42)
        3:50.44 (33.74)     4:24.08 (33.64)
        4:57.69 (33.61)     5:31.44 (33.75)
        6:05.27 (33.83)     6:38.84 (33.57)
        7:12.69 (33.85)     7:46.63 (33.94)
        8:20.28 (33.65)     8:53.53 (33.25)
  6 O'Croinin, Emma        03 EKSC              8:39.63    8:54.93  
    r:+0.79  30.18      1:02.90 (32.72)
        1:36.09 (33.19)     2:09.57 (33.48)
        2:42.72 (33.15)     3:16.15 (33.43)
        3:49.87 (33.72)     4:23.61 (33.74)
        4:57.26 (33.65)     5:31.12 (33.86)
        6:04.87 (33.75)     6:39.03 (34.16)
        7:13.07 (34.04)     7:47.45 (34.38)
        8:21.56 (34.11)     8:54.93 (33.37)
  7 Willar, Megan          04 PCSC              9:03.52    9:01.11  
    r:+0.77  30.46      1:03.58 (33.12)
        1:37.60 (34.02)     2:11.65 (34.05)
        2:45.95 (34.30)     3:20.24 (34.29)
        3:54.71 (34.47)     4:28.89 (34.18)
        5:02.97 (34.08)     5:37.19 (34.22)
        6:11.50 (34.31)     6:46.25 (34.75)
        7:20.47 (34.22)     7:54.91 (34.44)
        8:28.36 (33.45)     9:01.11 (32.75)
  8 McCloy, Allison        99 UCSC              9:03.94    9:02.46  
    r:+0.83  30.48      1:03.59 (33.11)
        1:36.83 (33.24)     2:10.48 (33.65)
        2:44.33 (33.85)     3:18.38 (34.05)
        3:52.34 (33.96)     4:26.54 (34.20)
        5:00.90 (34.36)     5:35.40 (34.50)
        6:09.87 (34.47)     6:44.70 (34.83)
        7:19.25 (34.55)     7:54.16 (34.91)
        8:28.49 (34.33)     9:02.46 (33.97)

Men’s 1,500 Freestyle

A massive time drop from Eric Brown got him the win in the 1,500 free, trimming more than 20 seconds to win in 15:19.69. It is an Olympic consideration time but well short of the A cut of 15:00.99.

Second was Alex Axon, who also dropped 22 seconds to 15:26.16. Stanford Li, the top seed, stayed at about the same time to clocking in at 15:38.32.

Event 12  Men 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
     CANADIAN: N 14:39.63  2012-08-04Ryan Cochrane, IS
    OLYMPIC A: A 15:00.99
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed     Finals        
==================================================================
  1 Brown, Eric            02 PCSC             15:42.53   15:19.69  
    r:+0.74  27.80        57.72 (29.92)
        1:28.24 (30.52)     1:58.74 (30.50)
        2:29.59 (30.85)     3:00.50 (30.91)
        3:31.13 (30.63)     4:01.95 (30.82)
        4:32.93 (30.98)     5:03.85 (30.92)
        5:34.22 (30.37)     6:04.75 (30.53)
        6:35.44 (30.69)     7:06.15 (30.71)
        7:36.94 (30.79)     8:07.77 (30.83)
        8:38.69 (30.92)     9:09.40 (30.71)
        9:40.11 (30.71)    10:11.07 (30.96)
       10:42.04 (30.97)    11:12.96 (30.92)
       11:43.93 (30.97)    12:14.95 (31.02)
       12:46.01 (31.06)    13:16.92 (30.91)
       13:47.84 (30.92)    14:18.47 (30.63)
       14:49.54 (31.07)    15:19.69 (30.15)
  2 Axon, Alexander        03 MAC              15:48.67   15:26.16  
    r:+0.73  27.97        58.14 (30.17)
        1:29.00 (30.86)     1:59.50 (30.50)
        2:30.49 (30.99)     3:01.03 (30.54)
        3:31.76 (30.73)     4:02.46 (30.70)
        4:33.51 (31.05)     5:04.34 (30.83)
        5:34.92 (30.58)     6:05.63 (30.71)
        6:36.67 (31.04)     7:07.60 (30.93)
        7:38.96 (31.36)     8:10.31 (31.35)
        8:41.51 (31.20)     9:12.65 (31.14)
        9:43.66 (31.01)    10:14.28 (30.62)
       10:45.44 (31.16)    11:16.51 (31.07)
       11:47.58 (31.07)    12:18.70 (31.12)
       12:50.27 (31.57)    13:21.55 (31.28)
       13:53.21 (31.66)    14:24.42 (31.21)
       14:55.96 (31.54)    15:26.16 (30.20)
  3 Li, Stanford           02 PCSC             15:38.86   15:38.32  
    r:+0.68  28.05        57.89 (29.84)
        1:28.61 (30.72)     1:59.30 (30.69)
        2:30.23 (30.93)     3:01.31 (31.08)
        3:32.44 (31.13)     4:03.75 (31.31)
        4:35.10 (31.35)     5:06.78 (31.68)
        5:38.31 (31.53)     6:10.15 (31.84)
        6:41.67 (31.52)     7:13.28 (31.61)
        7:44.87 (31.59)     8:16.72 (31.85)
        8:48.44 (31.72)     9:20.42 (31.98)
        9:52.26 (31.84)    10:24.37 (32.11)
       10:56.28 (31.91)    11:28.29 (32.01)
       12:00.21 (31.92)    12:32.12 (31.91)
       13:03.95 (31.83)    13:35.97 (32.02)
       14:07.39 (31.42)    14:38.41 (31.02)
       15:08.91 (30.50)    15:38.32 (29.41)
  4 Hussey, Patrick        01 PCSC             15:40.40   15:42.45  
    r:+0.75  28.18        58.46 (30.28)
        1:28.91 (30.45)     1:59.87 (30.96)
        2:30.74 (30.87)     3:01.90 (31.16)
        3:32.82 (30.92)     4:04.14 (31.32)
        4:35.39 (31.25)     5:06.97 (31.58)
        5:38.26 (31.29)     6:09.75 (31.49)
        6:41.17 (31.42)     7:12.86 (31.69)
        7:44.55 (31.69)     8:16.58 (32.03)
        8:48.27 (31.69)     9:20.07 (31.80)
        9:52.18 (32.11)    10:24.26 (32.08)
       10:56.40 (32.14)    11:28.28 (31.88)
       12:00.50 (32.22)    12:32.41 (31.91)
       13:04.22 (31.81)    13:36.32 (32.10)
       14:08.36 (32.04)    14:40.42 (32.06)
       15:12.05 (31.63)    15:42.45 (30.40)
  5 McNeill, Hugh          03 LOSC             16:08.83   15:47.89  
    r:+0.83  27.95        59.11 (31.16)
        1:30.75 (31.64)     2:02.48 (31.73)
        2:34.43 (31.95)     3:06.27 (31.84)
        3:37.87 (31.60)     4:09.91 (32.04)
        4:41.80 (31.89)     5:13.65 (31.85)
        5:45.90 (32.25)     6:17.66 (31.76)
        6:49.54 (31.88)     7:21.45 (31.91)
        7:53.42 (31.97)     8:25.21 (31.79)
        8:57.51 (32.30)     9:29.28 (31.77)
       10:01.26 (31.98)    10:33.34 (32.08)
       11:05.02 (31.68)    11:36.84 (31.82)
       12:08.73 (31.89)    12:40.81 (32.08)
       13:12.68 (31.87)    13:44.52 (31.84)
       14:16.58 (32.06)    14:48.25 (31.67)
       15:19.40 (31.15)    15:47.89 (28.49)
  6 Dommann, Raben         01 UBCT             15:42.90   15:49.61  
    r:+0.83  28.83        59.88 (31.05)
        1:31.13 (31.25)     2:02.72 (31.59)
        2:34.23 (31.51)     3:05.98 (31.75)
        3:37.72 (31.74)     4:09.46 (31.74)
        4:41.27 (31.81)     5:13.05 (31.78)
        5:44.67 (31.62)     6:16.41 (31.74)
        6:48.18 (31.77)     7:19.96 (31.78)
        7:51.80 (31.84)     8:23.68 (31.88)
        8:55.53 (31.85)     9:27.42 (31.89)
        9:59.16 (31.74)    10:30.91 (31.75)
       11:02.66 (31.75)    11:34.24 (31.58)
       12:06.03 (31.79)    12:37.96 (31.93)
       13:10.03 (32.07)    13:42.08 (32.05)
       14:14.03 (31.95)    14:46.02 (31.99)
       15:18.30 (32.28)    15:49.61 (31.31)
  7 Wu, Yu Tong            04 SKSC             16:11.45   15:50.64  
    r:+0.74  28.14        59.64 (31.50)
        1:31.38 (31.74)     2:03.24 (31.86)
        2:34.57 (31.33)     3:06.24 (31.67)
        3:38.20 (31.96)     4:09.94 (31.74)
        4:41.84 (31.90)     5:14.18 (32.34)
        5:46.26 (32.08)     6:18.18 (31.92)
        6:50.00 (31.82)     7:22.09 (32.09)
        7:54.27 (32.18)     8:25.87 (31.60)
        8:57.72 (31.85)     9:29.64 (31.92)
       10:01.50 (31.86)    10:33.76 (32.26)
       11:05.97 (32.21)    11:37.80 (31.83)
       12:09.88 (32.08)    12:41.63 (31.75)
       13:14.02 (32.39)    13:46.32 (32.30)
       14:18.89 (32.57)    14:51.30 (32.41)
       15:21.23 (29.93)    15:50.64 (29.41)
  8 Paulins, Sebastian     98 BRANT            15:59.28   15:53.60  
    r:+0.69  28.65        59.50 (30.85)
        1:30.68 (31.18)     2:02.08 (31.40)
        2:33.76 (31.68)     3:05.33 (31.57)
        3:36.91 (31.58)     4:08.54 (31.63)
        4:40.06 (31.52)     5:11.65 (31.59)
        5:43.39 (31.74)     6:15.17 (31.78)
        6:47.16 (31.99)     7:18.75 (31.59)
        7:50.57 (31.82)     8:22.39 (31.82)
        8:54.23 (31.84)     9:26.28 (32.05)
        9:58.65 (32.37)    10:30.66 (32.01)
       11:03.04 (32.38)    11:35.02 (31.98)
       12:07.88 (32.86)    12:39.96 (32.08)
       13:12.78 (32.82)    13:45.11 (32.33)
       14:17.71 (32.60)    14:50.32 (32.61)
       15:22.67 (32.35)    15:53.60 (30.93)

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