Summer McIntosh Blasts 2:06.89 200 IM for World Junior Record; Moves to No. 4 All-Time

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Summer McIntosh Blasts 2:06.89 200 IM for No. 4 All Time, Canadian Record

Summer McIntosh’s tremendous Bell Canadian Trials entered into rarefied air Thursday night with another national record.

The star teen went 2:06.89 in the 200 individual medley, lowering her Canadian record and world junior record by more than a second and vaulting to the No. 4 performer in history at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex.

McIntosh had set the record earlier this month at 2:08.08. She was more than a second faster Thursday to earn a spot at worlds.

The time is fourth all-time, trailing the world record of Katinka Hosszu from 2015 (2:06.12), Ariana Kukors’ super-suited American record from the 2009 World Championships (2:06.15) and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor’s time of 2:06.88 at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

McIntosh has already set the world record in the 400 freestyle this week. She has the 200 fly, 400 IM and 200 free ahead this week.

Canada had three swimmers under the FINA cut for Worlds, with Sydney Pickrem in second in 2:08.61. Mary-Sophie Harvey was third in 2:10.76. Pickrem had been second in the 100 breast in the morning in 1:08.25 before scratching the final.

National records fell in both IMs, with Finlay Knox lowering his mark by .24 seconds. He dominated the field to go 1:57.26, nearly three seconds up on runner-up Ilya Kharun (2:00.04). Knox is the only one under the A standard.

Maggie MacNeil won the A final of the 50 free in 24.79 seconds, a FINA A cut. Hannah Cornish finished second in 25.45, with Hannah Henderson third .01 seconds back.

Josh Liendo hit the A standard in the men’s 50 free for his second win of the week. He clocked in at 21.80 seconds, nearly a half-second up on University of Florida teammate Edouard Fullum-Huot.

Without Pickrem, the women’s 100 breast went to Sophie Angus. She went 1:07.68 at night, .21 seconds slower than in the morning and .34 off the A standard. Rachel Nicol was second in 1:08.08, just ahead of Avery Wiseman (1:08.14) and Nina Kucheran (1:08.29). James Dergousoff bested Gabe Mastromatteo by .07 seconds in 1:00.89, though they were shy of the A standard.

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