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McIntosh, Harvey finish 1-2 in women's 200m freestyle at Canadian swimming trials

Canada's Mary-Sophie Harvey said she "was really chill" as Summer McIntosh and Penny Oleksiak battled for the early lead in the women's 200-metre freestyle race Tuesday at the Olympic & Paralympic Trials.

Harvey upped her pace over the final 100 to move into second place behind McIntosh to secure one of two Paris berths in the discipline.

"I was fully calm," Harvey said. "I've been doing really well all year in this race and I've built up a lot of confidence. So I knew going in there [I'd be strong].

"In my mind I was like, 'That spot is mine."'

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The 17-year-old McIntosh, from Toronto, was in control for a second straight night. She took top spot in one minute 53.69 seconds.

"I'm ecstatic about it obviously but it's important to just keep pushing forward because I know I've done the training for this meet and heading forward," she said. "I'm just trying to get the most out of that and just have fun and keep racing."

McIntosh, who enjoyed a breakout performance at this event three years ago ahead of the Tokyo Games, was dominant in her 400 freestyle victory a night earlier.

"It pushes us, I think all the girls, to better ourselves," Harvey said of her teammate's excellence. "We want to race her. I was able to see her feet today, so that was kind of nice."

Oleksiak, a seven-time Olympic medallist from Toronto, fell back over the second half of the race and ended up ninth in 2:00.18.

She declined to speak to reporters in the poolside interview area at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Oleksiak later provided a brief comment to a Swimming Canada representative.

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Harvey, 24, made her Olympic debut in

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