Summer McIntosh started the FINA World Aquatics Championships in the best possible way – with a medal around her neck.
The 15-year-old from Toronto swam for the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle on Saturday at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
McIntosh swam the face in three minutes, 59.39 seconds, finishing alone behind American Katie Ledecky, who hit the wall in 3:58.15. Leah Smith from the US captured the bronze medal with a time of 4:02.08. As a result, the Canadian becomes one of four women to ever swim the event in under four minutes.
Here’s some context.
Summer McIntosh set the national 400m free record in Tokyo in a time of 4:02.24.
Today she broke her own record in a time of 3:59.39.
She breaks national records every time she is in the pool.
McIntosh stormed onto the world stage last summer with a fourth place finish in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and continued her top form. She broke her Canadian record in March and swam the third-fastest time ever in the 400-meter individual medley (IM) at an invitational preparatory event.
She is also not finished at the world championships, because she will also compete in the 200m butterfly and the 400 IM.
Canadian 4x100m women win silver
The Canadian women’s 4x100m relay team finished the first day of competition in Budapest with a silver medal, as the team of Maggie Mac Neil, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak and Kayla Sanchez swam to a time of 3:31.15 and finished 1.2 seconds behind Australia. and for the Americans who clocked 1.63 seconds behind.