Kylie Masse Signs With ISL’s Toronto Titans

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Kylie Masse at the ISL opener. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

With the addition of a Canadian team in the International Swimming League (ISL), it is only natural to see some Canadian stars join the expansion team for season two. Kylie Masse joined the Toronto Titans on Wednesday.

It is the first high-profile signing for the expansion team.

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Masse was the 2019 World Champion in the 100-meter backstroke and tied for the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the event.

She swam for the Cali Condors in the inaugural ISL season.

“I really enjoyed competing in the ISL last year and think it’s a great concept. I am thrilled to sign with the first Canadian team in the league,” Kylie Masse said.

Masse will be a key performer and leader for the Titans.

“Kylie Masse is a world champion, Olympic bronze medallist and former world record holder. She is an excellent example of the level of athletes we’re recruiting to our team. We are very pleased to have Kylie on board. Currently we have made offers to several other top stars and will be developing a strong presence for the 2020 ISL season,” Titans General Manager Rob Kent said.

Toronto Titans are schedule host two meets in the fall this year.

At the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Masse defended her 100-m title while adding bronze in the 200-m backstroke. She also helped the women’s 4×100-m medley relay finish third.

Her success on the international stage resulted in Kylie Masse being named Swimming Canada’s Female Swimmer of the Year in 2019 — for the third year in a row.

Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson, said Masse’s achievements put her among the world’s elite athletes. He said:

“I would describe her as one the best athletes in the world. To be a back-to-back world champion, and perform on the stage when it matters, is a testament to her abilities, commitment and dedication.”