National Teams

Senior National Team

Markus Thormeyer

  • Age 26
  • Height 198.12 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre- Vancouver
  • Coach Tom Johnson
  • Hometown Delta, BC
  • Residence Vancouver, BC
  • Event 100 BK, 200 BK, 100 FR, 200 FR

National Team Highlights

Tokyo 2020 Olympics2
Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships2
Tokyo 2018 Pan Pacific Championships3
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games12
Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships12
Rio 2016 Olympic Games1
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games12

Markus’s Bio

  • At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thormeyer was a member of the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay team that broke the Canadian record and finished fourth. Thormeyer was also a part of the men’s 4×100-m medley relay that finished in seventh place. Individually, Thormeyer finished 16th in the 200-m backstroke and 19th in the 100-m backstroke.
  • At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Thormeyer swam the third leg in the 4×100-m freestyle relay that finished 7th.
  • At the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Thormeyer finished 8th in the 200-m backstroke. After being ranked 17th in the preliminaries, he would have missed the semifinals but when one of the other entries pulled out, he made the most of his second opportunity by breaking the Canadian record and advancing to the final. He also finished 11th and 22nd in the 100-m backstroke and 100-m freestyle. Thormeyer was a member of the mixed 4×100-m freestyle relay that finished fourth in Gwangju. He was also part of the men’s 4×100-m medley (10th), 4×100-m freestyle (13th) and 4×200-m freestyle (17th).
  • Thormeyer was provisionally nominated for the 2020 Olympic Games in the 200-m backstroke. At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials, Thormeyer won gold in the 100-m backstroke and captured bronze in the 100-m freestyle.
  • Markus Thormeyer made history at 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials with a sweep in the 100-m, 200-m backstroke and the 100-m and 200-m freestyle. He broke the Canadian record in the 100-m backstroke and swam personal best times in the 200-m backstroke and the 200-m freestyle.
  • At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Thormeyer earned a bronze medal in the 100-m backstroke and finished fifth in the 200-m backstroke. He set personal bests in both events.
  • At the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, Thormeyer finished sixth in the men’s 100-m backstroke. He was also a part of the 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle relays that finished fourth and fifth.
  • Thormeyer made four appearances on the podium at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials. He won gold in the 200-m freestyle, 100-m and 200-m backstroke and a silver in the 100-m freestyle.
  • Thormeyer won Swimming Canada’s Male Swimmer of the Year in 2019 and 2018.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Thormeyer won bronze in the mixed 4×100-m freestyle relay as he took part in the preliminaries. He was also a member of the eighth place in the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay team.
  • At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, Thormeyer won the 200-m freestyle and took two silver medals (100-m freestyle and 100-m backstroke). Thormeyer swam his 100-m freestyle in a personal best. He earned spots on his first FINA World Championships and FISU Universiade teams.
  • At the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25-m) in Windsor, Ont. Thormeyer individually competed in five events. He set personal bests in the 50-m backstroke (36th) and 200-m freestyle (22nd). He also finished 46th in the 100-m freestyle, 28th in the 100-m backstroke and 25th in the 200-m backstroke.
  • At the same competition, Thormeyer was a member of three relays including a bronze medal and new Canadian record in the 4×50-m mixed freestyle relay with teammates Yuri Kisil, Michelle Williams and Sandrine Mainville. Kisil’s other relays included the 4×100-m freestyle relay (7th) and the 4×200-m freestyle relay (12th).
  • At the 2016 Canadian Olympic & Para-Swimming Trials, Thormeyer won a gold medal in the 200-m freestyle, as well as two bronze medals in the 100-m backstroke and 100-m freestyle. He earned an Olympic berth on the 4×100-m freestyle relay with Santo Condorelli, Yuri Kisil and Evan Van Moerkerke.
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Thormeyer led off in the morning heats for the 4×100-m freestyle, which went on to earn a silver medal in the final.
  • Individually in Toronto, Thormeyer finished seventh in the 100-m backstroke along with 19th in the 200-m backstroke.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore, Thormeyer contributed to a gold medal in the 4×100-m freestyle mixed relay.
  • Markus Thormeyer made his first national senior team in 2015, earning a spot on the Pan Am Games team with second-place finishes in the 100-m backstroke and 200-m backstroke at the Team Canada Trials
  • The 6’6’’ Thormeyer moved into the senior ranks at age 17 after posting some impressive times at the junior level.
  • At both the 2014 and 2015 Speedo Western Canadian Championships, he won five gold medals but in different age groups.
  • In 2014, he also won three bronze medals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships and earned
    the Male High Point Aggregate Award in the 16-year-old sport class at the Canadian Age Group Championships.
  • Thormeyer first represented Canada when he was just 12 years old at the North American Challenge Cup in 2010 and returned to do so again in 2012.
  • His first major junior international competition was the 4th FINA World Junior Championships in 2013. At 16, he was the youngest member of the team.
  • 2020 ISL team: Tokyo Frog Kings
  • Markus Thormeyer lowered the Canadian record in the 200-m backstroke at ISL 2020.
  • 2019 ISL team: NY Breakers
  • Thormeyer is currently studying environmental science at UBC.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @lilmarquenis
  • Twitter: @markusthor2
  • Favourite Movie: The Avatar
  • Favourite Book: The Giving Tree
  • Favourite TV Show: Parks and Recreation
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Holland
  • Music behind the Blocks: chill or sad music
  • Favourite Restaurant: Earls
  • Pre-race meal: Bread
  • Favourite Place to visit: Africa or Europe
  • Favourite quote: “Live. Laugh. Love.”

Markus’s Personal Bests

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100m Freestyle Laps50mXXXII Olympic GamesRELAY
200m Backstroke25mISL Semi-Final 1---
100m Backstroke25mISL Series 9
100m Freestyle Laps25mISL Series 9RELAY
50m Backstroke25mISL Series 3
100m Freestyle25mISL Series
200m Backstroke50mFINA: 18th World Championships---
200m Medley50mMel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet
50m Butterfly50mMel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials---
100m Freestyle50mU SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships
50m Freestyle50mUS National Championships
400m Medley25mCanada West Championships
200m Freestyle Laps25mCanada West ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Freestyle25mOdlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific Hosted by UBCRELAY
200m Medley25mOctober Senior Circuit
50m Backstroke50mPro Swim Series
100m Butterfly50m55th Annual Mel Zajac Jr. International
200m Freestyle Laps50mXXI Commonwealth GamesRELAY
200m Freestyle25mU Sports Championships
50m Butterfly25mCanada West Swimming Championships
200m Butterfly25mRocky Mountain Cup
100m Butterfly25mRocky Mountain Cup
400m Freestyle25mOctober Senior Circuit
50m Breaststroke50mMel Zajac International
400m Freestyle50mMel Zajac International
400m Medley50mSwim BC LC AAA Championships
50m Freestyle Laps50mSwim BC LC AAA ChampionshipsRELAY
1500m Freestyle50mMel Zajac Junior International
800m Freestyle50mMel Zajac Junior InternationalSPLIT
100m Butterfly Laps50mSwimBC Senior OpenRELAY
50m Breaststroke Laps50mWestern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke25mHyack Icebreaker Classic
100m Medley25mThunderbolt Int'l Invitational
200m Breaststroke25mSFU Clan Cup International
100m Breaststroke Laps50mCanadian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Butterfly50mSwimBC LC AAA Championships
50m Freestyle Laps25mWestern Canadian ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Breaststroke50mHyack Festival Youth Cup
800m Freestyle25mBritish Columbia Age Group ChampioshipsSPLIT
1500m Freestyle25mBritish Columbia Age Group Champioships
100m Butterfly Laps25mIsland Pacific CupRELAY
50m Breaststroke25mVPSC Invitational
50m Butterfly Laps50mCanadian Age Group ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke50mMies Schootman Invitational
25m Butterfly25mGreat Teams All - Gta