Swimming: feverish to perform at home

Swimming: Feverish to perform at home


Swimmers Katerine Savard and Mary-Sophie Harvey are excited about competing in a World Cup on Canadian soil.

For the first time since Edmonton in 2001, Canada will host a World Cup stop in Toronto this weekend. For Savard, who has been swimming with the world elite since 2010, this will be a third experience only at home.

“The sensations are so different from swimming at home,” said the one who plans to compete in the 50 m, 100 m and 200 m butterfly as well as the 50 m, 100 m and 200  ;m free. “People are there to cheer on Canada and that gives you extra energy.”

Savard remembers the 2015 Pan American Games very well, which took place in the Queen City. The swimming pool where the World Cup will take place was built for the PanAms.

“It was my best experience on Canadian soil,” said Savard, who won gold in the 4×100 freestyle as well as bronze in the 100 butterfly and 4×200 freestyle. “The stands were full of Canadians.”

The Pont-Rouge native also competed in the World Short Course Championships in Windsor in 2016 upon her return from the Rio Olympics, where she had won bronze in the 4×200 freestyle.

Harvey will live his international baptism in Canada. 

“I hear about it a lot, but it's going to be my first experience and I can't wait to see the atmosphere”, underlined the one who is registered for the 50 m and 100 m backstroke events; in the 100m and 200 m individual medley, as well as in the 200 m freestyle. “It has been a long time since there have been spectators in the stands for a swimming event in Canada. “

Long pause

Upon their return from the Commonwealth Games in mid-August, the two teammates at the CAMO club and with the Canadian team took a long break. They returned to the pool just five weeks ago. 

“With the exception of the times I've been sidelined with injury, this is the longest break of my career,” Harvey said. I don't really know where I stand. I would like to surprise myself, but I don't put too much pressure on myself. I approach the Toronto World Cup as a good first preparation before the biggest events to come.  »

Savard enjoyed this long leave. “It was my last break for the next two years, and my body needed the rest and my mind needed the rest even more,” she explained. It's been a tough comeback and I won't be at my best, but the goal is to be at my best in December at the Short Course Worlds in Melbourne. step at a time

Last break for the next two years? Does Savard confirm that she will be on the starting line for her fourth Olympic Games in Paris in 2024? 

” I'm taking it one step at a time, but Paris is so close that it's part of my next dreams, she confided. I still have room to improve in the relay and in the individual events. I identified points to work on. Small differences make a big difference in the end.”

Like Savard, Harvey is qualified for the worlds in Australia. This will be his first world short course.

The World Cup in Toronto is the second stop in a series of three. After Berlin last weekend, the series will conclude in Indianapolis next weekend.

Harvey will be in the cast while Savard will enter Montreal to continue his training. “I like to chain competitions, specified Harvey. It is important that I do several races before the worlds.