Summer McIntosh Splits 1:40.19 200 Free to Anchor Sarasota Sharks to Relay Win at Junior Nationals East

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Summer McIntosh Splits 1:40.19 200 Free to Anchor Sarasota Sharks to Relay Win at Junior Nationals East

Currently training in the United States with the Sarasota Sharks, Canadian teenager and two-time world champion Summer McIntosh is racing this week at the eastern edition of U.S. Junior Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., marking her first-ever appearance in short course yards after becoming the third woman in history to break 4:29 in the 400-meter IM at the U.S. Open in Greensboro last week. In her first appearance of the meet, McIntosh wasted no time in overcoming a massive deficit to give her team a win.

McIntosh dove in with the Sharks in second place and more than five seconds behind Carmel, but she split 1:40.19 to overcome Carmel anchor Berit Berglund. McIntosh moved into a slight lead with just over 50 yards remaining before she pulled away to win by more than three seconds. Notably, McIntosh’s split is the seventh-fastest in history, with Mallory ComerfordTaylor RuckKatie Ledecky and Missy Franklin as the only swimmers to ever swim faster.

The team of Addison SauickieMichaela MattesGracie Weyant and McIntosh combined for a time of 7:03.66, smashing the 2017 meet record of 7:05.85 set by the Nashville Aquatic Club foursome of future collegiate standouts Allie Raab, Gretchen WalshElla Nelson and Alex Walsh. The Sharks’ time was quicker than the 15-18 National Age Group record of 7:05.91, but it does not count since McIntosh represents Canada internationally.

Carmel ended up finishing second in 7:07.10 with Alex ShackellLynsey BowenMolly Sweeney and Berglund. Notably, Shackell’s leadoff time of 1:43.60 would rank tied for third in college swimming this season with Tennessee’s Brookylnn Douthwright and behind only Ruck and Kelly Pash — and Shackell is only a sophomore in high school. The TAC Titans’ Nicole ZettelMere WhelehanJullian Crooks and Keelan Cotter placed third in 7:14.20.