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McIntosh wraps 2022 with record-breaking week

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – In her first display of racing in short course yards, Summer McIntosh of Toronto broke four individual meet records at the 2022 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East. McIntosh also helped the Sarasota Sharks break a relay meet record on the fourth day of the competition.

The 16-year-old kicked off the meet with two relays. In the 200-yard medley relay, McIntosh split a 23.62 on her 50-yard butterfly split to help the Sharks to their third-place finish.

McIntosh later anchored the 4×200-yard freestyle relay in a blazing 1:40.19, ranking her as the seventh fastest performer of all time. After diving in 5.2 seconds behind first place Carmel Swim Club, McIntosh finished 3.4 seconds ahead of the nearest swimmer.

Her 200-yard freestyle time was a sign of what was yet to come. On the second day of the competition, McIntosh broke the meet record in the 500-yard freestyle during prelims with a time of 4:34.15.

During finals, she won gold in a meet record and pool record time of 4:27.52. Her time also placed her under Katie Ledecky’s 15-16 American national age group record of 4:28.71 from 2014.

In dropping seven seconds from her morning swim, McIntosh became the second fastest performer of all time for any age behind Ledecky’s top time of 4:24.06.

McIntosh also broke the 200-yard freestyle meet record by almost three seconds on the third night of the competition in a time of 1:40.63, putting her under Ledecky’s 15-16 national age group record of 1:42.03 from 2013.

Her time ranks her as the seventh fastest of all time in the event and would have won her last year’s NCAA title.

McIntosh also captured silver in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.10.

On the final night of the competition, McIntosh swam yet another meet record time of 1:49.97 to win gold in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, beating Katherine Berkoff’s 2018 record of 1:50.16.

She later won gold in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.40. McIntosh was just short of Regan Smith’s 2018 meet record and 15-16 national age group record time of 1:51.24.

McIntosh wrapped up her meet with a 47.88 lead-off for the Sharks in the 4×100-yard freestyle relay. Sarasota broke the meet record in a time of 2:16.24, lowering SwimMAC Carolina’s time of 3:16.62.

It’s been an incredible year for McIntosh, who won four medals at her first FINA World Championships, including gold in the 200-m butterfly and 400-m individual medley. She added six more at the Commonwealth Games, sweeping the 200 and 400 IM at that event. Along the way she set six world junior records. She added two more at the short-course FINA Swimming World Cup in Toronto in late October, including a 400-m freestyle win over American legend Katie Ledecky, then added another at the recent US Open meet.