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Summer McIntosh caps historic week at national trials with world junior, Canadian records in 200m freestyle

Summer McIntosh has capped off one of the most impressive swimming meets ever by setting another world junior and Canadian record at the national trials.

A night after an electrifying world record-breaking swim in the 400-metre individual medley, McIntosh powered her way to another memorable swim, this time in the 200m freestyle.

The 16-year-old phenom from lowered her records with a time of 1:53.91 on Sunday night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

“I mean I’m pretty exhausted at this point but it’s been a lot of fun to compete in my home pool with all the Canadians in the stands and honestly the only reason I can do this is because of everyone surrounding me, my teammates, friends, family and my coaches,” McIntosh said.

“It was pretty hard. I tried to leave it all in the pool. Overall I’m pretty happy with the race. There are always things to improve on but to finish this week this way I’m overall happy.”

WATCH | McIntosh breaks own records in 200m freestyle: 

Summer McIntosh broke the Canadian and world junior record Sunday, this time in the 200 metre freestyle event clocking a time of 1:53.91.

In her five events this week, McIntosh broke five world junior and Canadian records, including two world records.

“Learning how to recover in between events with this big lineup. It’s not just recovering physically but mentally too. You don’t want to get too high or too long because that can really distract you. You just want to stay as chill as possible,” McIntosh said.

The Toronto native started the event by breaking the 400m freestyle world record, stopping the clock in a time of 3:56.08, breaking the record held by Ariarne Titmus of Australia.

McIntosh is the first swimmer in history to hold both the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley long course world records at the same time.

WATCH | Relive McIntosh’s 400m IM world record poolside, with her family in the stands: 

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Experience Summer McIntosh’s 2nd world record poolside, with her family in the stands

24 hours ago

Duration 1:26

Canadian Summer McIntosh broke the world record in the 400m IM at the swim trials in Toronto, her second world record of the week.

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. It also would have won gold at the Tokyo Olympics by more than a second.

On Friday night, McIntosh set a world junior and Canadian record in the 200m butterfly.

Her time of 2:04.70 took down her previous record time (2:05.05) set earlier this month.

The swimmer that has been called a once in a generation talent has certainly lived up to that billing after an unforgettable national trials.

“It’s amazing to have all the Canadians in the stands. I feel all of their support and I just want to say thank you to everyone for supporting me and cheering me on. It really does mean the world,” McIntosh said.

Now she has her sights set on the world championships this summer in Japan. 

“Just keep training hard. Learning from this meet and putting my head down and preparing for worlds.”

WATCH | How McIntosh’s 400m freestyle world record swim looked from poolside: 

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Live the moment poolside, when Summer McIntosh broke the 400m freestyle world record

5 days ago

Duration 2:00

Feel as though you are right next to Summer McIntosh as she breaks her first world record at 16 years old, at the Canadian national swimming trials.

Liendo sets Canadian record in 50m butterfly

Markham, Ont., native Josh Liendo also set a Canadian record on Saturday, capturing gold in the men’s 50 butterfly with a time of 23.27.

Liendo, who swam the world’s fastest 50 freestyle of the season on Thursday, broke Santo Condorelli’s mark of 23.30 from 2015 while finishing ahead of rising star Ilya Kharun.

The 20-year-old has had a week to remember in Toronto after also lowering his national record in the 100 fly on Wednesday (50.36).

WATCH | Liendo breaks another Canadian record:

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Josh Liendo sets another new Canadian record, this time in 50 metre butterfly

2 hours ago

Duration 1:21

Toronto’s Josh Liendo swam to a new national record time of 23.27 in the 50 metre butterfly at the Canadian swim trials Sunday.

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