Summer McIntosh now has a hat-trick of records after her first three events at the national swimming trials at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
Her time of 2:04.70 took down her previous record time (2:05.05) set earlier this month. McIntosh’s smooth, powerful strokes helped her surge to the wall in a blistering time, once again electrifying the crowd.
“This is my favourite pool in the world and to do this with my family and friends here means the world to me,” McIntosh said after the race. “This validates my training and lets me know I’m doing something right.”
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The generational talent is having a remarkable meet.
It started on opening night when the 16-year-old swimming sensation broke the world record in the 400m freestyle.
With her parents, Jill and Greg McIntosh, in the crowd on Tuesday night, Summer stopped the clock in a time of 3:56.08, breaking the world record held by Ariarne Titmus of Australia.
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“I don’t think pressure really exits in my mind,” McIntosh said Friday. “The only true pressure is the pressure I put on myself to perform.”
On Thursday night, McIntosh broke her own world junior record in the 200m individual medley. Her time of 2:06.89 yesterday would have won gold at worlds last summer.
And her time also would have won gold at the Tokyo Olympics by more than a second.
Liendo just misses Brent Hayden’s record
Josh Liendo, who broke two national records earlier this week, nearly had his third on Friday night.
Despite a brilliant 100m swim in the freestyle, Liendo came up just shy of breaking Brent Hayden’s 2009 Canadian record time.
Liendo stopped the clock in a time of 47.86 — Hayden’s record lives to see another day after he posted 47.27, some 14 years ago.
Liendo, 20, shot off the blocks with his parents watching in the crowd. He surged to the wall with Hayden on the pool deck watching every stroke.
“It’s coming. I can get that record,” Liendo said. “I’m always hungry to get better. There are always things I can improve and get better. There’s still more I can fix. I just have to focus on those things and keep improving.”
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Hayden, who cheered on Liendo throughout the race, said he’s never seen a Canadian swim sub-48 seconds at trials.
“Records are meant to be broken. It means we’re getting better and faster,” Hayden said. “It’s only a matter of time before Josh breaks it. And that’s amazing.”
This comes just a day after Liendo posted the fastest 50m freestyle time in the world this season, stopping the clock in 21.80. On Wednesday, Liendo broke his own Canadian record twice in the 100m fly.
His standout performances at these national trials come just a week after Liendo became an NCAA champion in the 100-yard freestyle in his freshman year at the University of Florida. In that race he led from start to finish, stopping the clock in the second fastest time ever at 40.28.
Only American superstar Caeleb Dressel has been faster in the event.
Kharun nearly breaks his own record
Riding the momentum of McIntosh’s fast swimming, another rising star in Ilya Kharun nearly broke his own Canadian record in the same event.
Kharun, 18, stopped the clock in the 200m fly in a time of 1:54.57. His national record time of 1:54.49 was set at the beginning of March.
“That first hundred felt great. Unfortunately that time is not really what I wanted but I just got to keep training and be ready for worlds in Japan,” he said after the race.
“It just has to be a little quicker. That final 50 is not where it needs to be. I just have to keep training. I wanted to be a little faster today. It is what it is.”
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The teen is widely regarded as one of this country’s great male talents in the pool. He’s spent most of his life living in Las Vegas after being born in Montreal.
In his final year of high school, Kharun has committed to Arizona State, where he’s joining a group of talented swimmers preparing for the Paris Olympics.
“I’ll be ready for worlds. I can’t wait to keep lowering that time.”