KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Kylie Masse of Toronto kicked off her week of racing at the 2023 TYR Pro Swim Series Knoxville with a win in the women’s 50-m backstroke. Her time of 27.38 was only 0.2 seconds above her Canadian record time of 27.18.
Masse touched just ahead of Americans Katharine Berkoff who finished in 27.80 and Olivia Smoliga in 28.07. Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont. placed eighth in 29.17.
On the men’s side, Javier Acevedo of Toronto won the B-final in 25.50.
This year’s debut event brought back the 50-of-stroke events for the first time since 2019. More than 300 swimmers are competing this week at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
The second win of the evening came from Ella Jansen of Burlington, Ont. in the women’s 100-m butterfly. Jansen lead the field for the majority of the race, breaking away from the pack to finish first in 58.92.
Jansen’s win in the 100-m butterfly followed her fifth place performance of 1:59.09 in the 200-m freestyle. American Olympic champion Katie Ledecky won the event in 1:55.47.
Also swimming her second event of the evening, Hanus placed sixth in the 100-m butterfly in 1:01.02. Victoria Raymond of Etobicoke, Ont. finished eighth in 1:01.38.
In the men’s 100-m butterfly, Ilya Kharun swam a time of 52.53, outtouching University of Missouri swimmer Clément Secchi by 0.04 seconds for fourth place.
Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta. swam in the B-final heat just before, finishing 11th in 54.13.
Kharun also raced in yesterday’s men’s 800-m freestyle, placing ninth in 8:16.36.
Earlier in the session, Sophie Angus finished in 3rd place in the women’s 100-m breaststroke in 1:08.73.
James Dergousoff of Vancouver came forth in 1:01.95 in the men’s 100-m breaststroke. Knox touched sixth in 1:02.09. Both Dergousoff and Knox swam faster than their prelim swims in the event.
Justice Migneault of Vancouver placed 10th in 1:02.96.
Other performances include Maya Bezanson of Mississauga, Ont. 12th in the women’s 400-m individual medley in 4:58.15, Eloise Allen of Vancouver 10th in the women’s 100-m breaststroke in 1:11.38, Kathryn Hazle 11th and Emma O’Croinin of Edmonton, Alta. 16th in the women’s 800-m freestyle in 8:50.70 and 9:00.36.