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Masse’s record highlights impressive ISL playoff contributions by Canadians

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Kylie Masse, a triple Olympic medallist in Tokyo, and Mary-Sophie Harvey posted five top-three finishes apiece in this past weekend’s playoff action in the International Swimming League.

Masse, swimming for the Toronto Titans, broke the Canadian short-course record in a victory in the 200-m backstroke. She clocked two minutes and 01.45 seconds which eclipsed the previous mark of 2:01.66 set by Taylor Ruck in 2017.

In addition to the win, Masse was part of the Titans’ second-place finishes in the 4×100-m medley relay and mixed 4×100-m medley relay and was third in the 50-m backstroke and 100 back.

Harvey, a member of the Energy Standard team, posted second place finishes in the 200-m back, 100-m individual medley and 4×100 medley relay and was third in the 200 IM and 50 back.

Energy Standard competed in the first match of the playoffs on Thursday and Friday with the Cali Condors, DC Trident and Iron. The second playoff on Saturday and Sunday pitted the Titans, London Roar, L.A. Current and Aqua Centurions.

The Condors — the 2020 champions — emerged with the first playoff match win with a total of 534.5 points. Energy Standard, tops in the regular season and the 2019 champions, came up with 522 points. DC Trident placed third.

The Titans finished the second playoff match in third place with a total of 398.5 points. LA Current took the win, topping the standings with 506 points. The Current surpassed the Roar, who were leading by Saturday’s end and dropped down to second with 494.5. 

Fifteen-year-old Olympian Summer McIntosh of Toronto notched victories in the 400 freestyle and 400 IM for the Titans, Sydney Pickrem was the 200 IM winner for London and Ingrid Wilm of Calgary also had a big weekend for L.A. Current with victories in the 100 back and 4×100 mixed medley relay.

Bailey Andison of Smiths Falls, Ont., won the 400 IM in Match 1 for DC Trident.

The top Canadian on the men’s side was Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., part of the victorious L.A. Current mixed medley relay and third in the 100 IM.

The third and fourth playoff matches are November 18-21 in. There are six playoff matches total.

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