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Kayla Sanchez
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born 7 April 2001 (2001-04-07) (age 20)
Singapore
Height 165 cm
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, individual medley
Club Energy Standard
High Performance Centre - Ontario, Ajax Aquatic Club
Coach Ben Titley

Kayla Noelle Sanchez (born 7 April 2001) is a Canadian swimmer. A member of the Canadian national team, she has represented Canada at the Olympic and World championship level, and is a two-time Olympic medalist. She is one of Canada's most prominent Filipina Canadian athletes.

Career

Sanchez made her debut in major international competition in 2017, as part of the Canadian team for the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships team in Indianapolis. She won two individual medals, a silver in the 200 m individual medley and bronze in the 100 m freestyle, and was part of a Canadian sweep of the gold medals in the women's relay events, taking gold in the 4x100 m and 4x200 freestyle as well as in the 4x100 medley. In the process the team broke the junior world record and championship record. Later that season she also competed at her senior championships, the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Sanchez was part of the Canadian team in the women's 4×100 m freestyle relay event, finishing fourth overall.

In September 2017, Sanchez was named to Canada's 2018 Commonwealth Games team. Individually, she finished sixth in the 50 m freestyle, seventh in the 100 m freestyle, and ninth in the heats of the 200 m medley. She won two silver medals as part of the Canadian relay teams in the 4x100 m and 4x200 m.

In the Autumn of 2019 she was member of the inaugural International Swimming League swimming for the Energy Standard International Swim Club, who won the team title in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December. At the London match in November she won the 200m Freestyle over teammate Femke Heemskerk in a time of 1:52.72. Competing as part of the Canadian team for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, she won bronze medals in the 4x100 m and 4x200 m freestyle relays.

In 2021, Sanchez was part of the Canadian team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She won a silver medal as part of the Canadian team in the 4x100 m freestyle relay, alongside Maggie Mac Neil, Rebecca Smith, and Penny Oleksiak. She also swam the freestyle leg in the heats of the 4x100 m medley relay, helping the Canadian team finish the heats in first place, and earned a bronze medal when the finals team finished third (having been replaced in the final by Oleksiak). Sanchez competed individually in the heats of the 100 m freestyle, setting a new personal best and qualifying through to the semi-finals, but withdrew to conserve energy for the 4x200 m freestyle relay, where the Canadian team ultimately finished fourth.

Sanchez announced plans to study political science at the University of British Columbia beginning in January 2022, following the completion of the ISL's third season. As part of her studies she would compete as part of UBC's Thunderbirds swimming team.

Personal bests

Long course (50 m pool)

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m freestyle 24.94 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center 12 August 2018
100 m freestyle 53.12 Tokyo Aquatics Centre 28 July 2021
200 m freestyle 1:57.23 Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center 9 August 2018
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