Summer McIntosh sets world junior, national record in 200m individual medley at Canadian swimming trials
Canadian sensation Summer McIntosh has just broken her own world junior and national record at the Canadian swimming trials.
Just two nights after shocking the swimming world by breaking the 400-metre freestyle world record, the 16-year-old McIntosh took down her own 200m individual medley world junior record.
Her time of 2:06.89 is the fourth fastest time in the history of the event.
The teen superstar was under world record pace as she touched the wall midway through the race. She dropped off that pace after the breaststroke before closing in a blistering freestyle time of 29.63.
McIntosh was able to shave off nearly two seconds from her previous best time in less than a month.
At a swimming meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier in March, McIntosh posted a time of 2:08.08 — she dropped that time dramatically Thursday night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
WATCH | McIntosh breaks own national, world junior record in 200m individual medley:
Hungary's Katinka Hosszú still holds the world record, set in 2015, with a time of 2:06.12.
"No, not at all," said McIntosh, when asked if she thought about going after the world mark Thursday. "I've never really focused on records."
"It's nice to know that I'm getting closer to it. But as long as I just kind of keep chipping away and keep improving, technically and time wise, that's what's really important to me. I think the 200 IM is a race that I still have a lot to learn because I don't have too much race experience at the world stage."
Sydney Pickrem also met the qualifying standard, stopping the clock at 2:08.61 for a personal best and second-place finish.
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