Swimmer, Olympic medal winner, university student
A few years ago, this swimmer was ranked as 200th, but in August of 2016, she became the third fastest swimmer in the world! The name of this swimmer is … Kylie Masse.
She was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1996. Her family moved to the nearby town of LaSalle where her mother enrolled her and her siblings in the local swimming programme. All the children loved swimming, but Kylie excelled at it. While in grade school, she had fun with other sports such as soccer and hockey. When she turned 12, she dropped the other sports to concentrate on swimming and joined WEST (the Windsor Essex Swim Team). There, her coaches were Andrei Semenov and Lou Pocock.
After graduating from Sandwich West Secondary School, Kylie began studies in kinesiology at the University of Toronto. There, she was able to continue her training in competitive swimming.
In a short span, she has won a number of awards.
- Swam at the 2013 summer Canada Games
- Named the Varsity Blues’ female rookie of the year in 2014-15
- Won the gold medal in the 50m backstroke at the OUA Swimming Competition, 2015
- Won the gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the OUA Swimming Competition, 2015
- Won the gold medal in the 200m backstroke at the OUA Swimming Competition, 2015
- Won the gold medal in the 200m freestyle relay at the OUA Swimming Competition, 2015
- Won the gold medal in the 400m medley relay at the OUA Swimming Competition, 2015
- Set a new record for the 200m medley with a time of 2:12.78 at same competition
- Named the OUA female swimmer of the year in 2016
- Won the gold medal at the World University Games in the 100m backstroke
- Named CIS Female swimmer of the year, 2016
In 2016, Masse qualified to be on the Canadian Olympic swim team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
She won a bronze medal in the 100 meter backstoke and also broke her own national record with a time of 58.76 (seconds).