Swimming: Canada’s McIntosh, Mac Neil win World Cup gold



Canada’s Summer McIntosh and American Katie Ledecky weren’t certain what to anticipate of their first aggressive occasion of the season at this week’s FINA Swimming World Cup.

The low season relaxation apparently served them properly. Both are already in record-breaking type.

McIntosh set a world junior mark within the girls’s 400-metre medley whereas Ledecky set a world report within the 1,500 freestyle on Saturday evening on the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

“I knew that report was inside attain simply based mostly on some issues I’ve completed in coaching, particularly my distance stuff (because it) has felt actually good this fall,” Ledecky mentioned. “So I felt locked into the tempo.”

The 10-time Olympic medallist — who does not compete in short-course occasions fairly often — gained gold in 15:08.24, taking almost 10 seconds off the earlier report set by Germany’s Sarah Wellbrock (15:18.01) in 2019.

McIntosh, who additionally set a world junior mark when she edged Ledecky within the 400 free on Friday, completed first within the 400 medley in 4:21.49 to steer a Canadian sweep.

“Throughout all the race I felt actually in management and powerful so I’m actually glad,” she mentioned.

Sydney Pickrem of Halifax was second in 4:28.45 and Bailey Andison of Smiths Falls, Ont., was third in 4:29.36.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old from Toronto, trimmed almost two seconds off the earlier world junior mark set by China’s Shiwen Ye (4:23.33) in 2012.

Ledecky took gold forward of Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil (15:48.82) and Laila Oravsky of Barrie, Ont., who was third in 16:16.86.

“It’s simply so unreal to be part of one thing so wonderful,” Oravsky mentioned. “That was the quickest 1,500 that was simply swum and I used to be part of that. It’s insane.”

Later within the night, Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ont., improved her nationwide report within the girls’s 50-metre butterfly, ending first in 24.75 seconds.

Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., earned silver within the girls’s 100-metre backstroke in 56.16, a few half-second behind American Beata Nelson (55.75). Calgary’s Ingrid Wilm took bronze in 56.21.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., took silver within the males’s 200-metre medley in 1:52.75 behind American Shaine Casas (1:50.37).

With eight extra medals on the evening, Canada boosted its total complete to 17 getting into the ultimate day of competitors on Sunday.

One of the most important roars from the near-capacity crowd got here at Ledecky’s end. She splashed the water after trying up on the scoreboard to see her world-record time.

“Honestly most of that emotion was simply because it damage loads,” she mentioned. “When one thing hurts that a lot, you need to see an amazing end result like that. It was simply principally happiness.

“I felt good and I used to be very happy with the end result.”

She returned to the pool a short while later for the 200 free and took silver in 1:52.31 behind Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.

“I did not have any tremendous kind of preparation for this meet,” Ledecky mentioned. “I simply needed to come back in and race some worldwide swimmers. These meets (Toronto and subsequent week in Indianapolis) are on North American soil so I simply had enjoyable with it.”

In different notable Canadian outcomes, Toronto’s Javier Acevedo was fifth within the males’s 50-metre backstroke and Ella Jansen of Burlington, Ont., was fifth within the girls’s 200 free.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 29, 2022.


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