Summer McIntosh Lowers WJR in 200 Butterfly Again; Ilya Kharun Books World Champs Invitation

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Summer McIntosh Lowers WJR in 200 Fly Again to 2:04.70

World record, world junior record, Canadian records – Summer McIntosh seems to be checking off every possible box on the list at Bell Canadian Trials this week.

At the midpoint of her five-swim meet, the teenage sensation added another mark, in the 200 butterfly, lowering her world junior record and national record to 2:04.70.

McIntosh had set the mark at 2:05.20 last summer at the World Championships. She lowered it in March at the TYR Pro Swim Series to 2:05.05, then sliced another three tenths off Friday night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. McIntosh’s splits:

21 McIntosh, Summe  06 UNCAN/SYS-FL      2:09.52    2:04.70n  932  
    r:+0.77  27.41        58.76 (31.35)
        1:31.40 (32.64)     2:04.70 (33.30)

It’s been a busy week for the Toronto-born wunderkind. She set her first senior world record in the 400 free on Tuesday night, then lowered her national record in the 200 individual medley to 2:06.89 on Thursday night. She still has the 400 IM and 200 free remaining at the meet, which will help form a Canadian team for the World Championships and beyond this summer. McIntosh is through three of her five events.

McIntosh won the race by more than six seconds. The distant second place went to Indiana University’s Katie Forrester in 2:10.99, though that’s outside the FINA A cut to get to Worlds.

In other action from the fourth night of Bell Canadian Trials:

Ilya Kharun booked a spot at Worlds with a time of 1:54.74. He’s just outside his national record in the event (1:54.49, set at the TYR Pro Swim Series this month) but well under the FINA cut. He was nearly five seconds up on runner-up Patrick Hussey.

Canada is without an automatic qualifier in the 100 free after Maggie MacNeil won the event in 54.58. She was well ahead of the runners-up, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Brooklyn Douthwright, tied at 55.15. But she was outside the FINA A cut of 54.25.

Hannah Henderson snuck into the picture in fourth in 55.20, ahead of international relay standbys Katerine Savard (fifth in 55.22) and Rebecca Smith (seventh in 55.41).

Josh Liendo won the men’s 100 free in a time of 47.86. That’s .31 off his best time. Also under the FINA A standard is Javier Acevedo, the backstroker packing a sprint punch in 48.50. Eduoard Fullum-Huot followed in 49.43, .07 up on Finlay Knox. (Fresh off NCAAs, one of Canada’s top sprinters, Ruslan Gaziev, wasn’t entered in the event.)

Sophie Angus added the 50 breast title to the 100 breast crown, edging Rachel Nicol by .01 in 31.13. Sydney Pickrem was third in 31.49. James Dergousoff won the men’s 50 breast in 27.76, .11 up on Gabe Mastromatteo. That flips the results from the 100.

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10 months ago

Based on her 400FR and 200IM, Summer’s 400IM on Saturday evening should be very special!!!

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