2015 Canadian Trials: Day Four Finals – Ryan Cochrane Swims Fifth Fastest 1500 This Year


The fourth day of the 2015 Canadian Trials features the 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, and 200 IM, as well as the women’s 800 freestyle and the men’s 1500 freestyle. Below is the current World Championships roster going into day four’s final session.

  • Dominique Bouchard – 100, 200 back
  • Martha McCabe – 200 breast
  • Jeremy Bagshaw – 200 free
  • Russell Wood – 100 back
  • Hilary Caldwell – 100, 200 back
  • Michelle Williams – 100 free
  • Chantal VanLandeghem – 100 free
  • Sydney Pickrem – 400 IM
  • Emily Overholt – 400 IM
  • Ryan Cochrane – 400 free
  • Noemie Thomas – 100 Fly
  • Katerine Savard – 100 Fly


  • Canadian Record – 8:20.02 – Brittany MacLean
  • Pan Am cut – 8:52.99
  • Worlds cut – 8:28.46

Tabitha Baumann led a start-to-finish win in the 800m freestyle en route to a birth on the 2015 Pan Am Games roster.

Baumann clocked in at 8:37.94 to take down age-group star Taylor Ruck who fell just short of the national age group record in the event with a time of 8:43.40.

Rounding out the top three was Samantha Harding in 8:46.16, just beating Sophia Saroukian who rocked a 8:46.88.


  • Canadian Record – 205.95 – Audrey Lacroix
  • Pan Am cut – 2:17.99
  • Worlds cut – 2:09.17

Audrey Lacroix and Noemie Thomas have been facing off in the butterfly events for years now. Thomas got the win in the 100 earlier in the competition, but tonight was Lacroix’s chance to shine.

Lacroix created a decent lead for herself to take the race in a time of 2:09.22. The time was just 0.05 seconds shy of qualifying her for the 2015 World Championship roster.

Lacroix could be on the Worlds roster under the priority two selection criteria considering that she made two ‘top 16’ B times and was first or second in one of the events.

Also grabbing another medal was Noemie Thomas who touched in at 2:11.19. Jacomie Strydom was third in 2:12.34.

Finishing fourth was Penny Oleksiak of the Toronto Swim Club. She took down the 200m fly age-group record in the 13-14 year-old category by a slim margin, rocking a 2:15.05 to take twelve tenths off.


  • Canadian Record – 1:57.01 – Stefan Herniak
  • Pan Am cut – 2:01.39
  • Worlds cut – 1:56.93

The men’s 200m fly was one of the closest races of the night. Through 150m it was Mack Darragh leading the way followed by Zack Chetrat.

At the 150m mark however, Alec Page of Island Swimming found another gear and came home hard to grab the victory.

The winning time for Page was a 1:58.64. Chetrat was just over half-a-second behind him in 1:59.15.

Darragh, who established himself as the early leader, ended up third with a time of 2:00.33.

Coleman Allen also closed nicely to finish fourth with a time of 2:00.66.


  • Canadian Record – 24.69 – Chantal VanLandeghem
  • Pan Am cut – 26.05
  • Worlds cut – 25.02

Michelle Williams and Chantal VanLandeghem went 1-2 in the 100m freestyle earlier this meet with Williams in front. Tonight, VanLandeghem took charge and led their second 1-2 finish of the meet.

VanLandeghem cracked 25-seconds with a very fast 24.98. Following right behind her was Williams in 25.00.

Both swimmers were under the ‘top 16’ standard. They’ll both be swimming the 50 and 100m freestyle at the 2015 World Championships.

Sandrine Mainville went 25.12 to solidify a 1-2-3 finish for the HPC Ontario girls. Mainville won the bronze medal in the 100 free earlier.


  • Canadian Record – 21.73 – Brent Hayden
  • Pan Am cut – 22.71
  • Worlds cut – 22.09

Karl Krug just got his Canadian citizenship six weeks ago and he’s already the fastest Canadian in the 50m freestyle.

Krug spoke earlier about how excited he was to possibly represent Canada, and now he’s locked in his ticket to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

At the touch Krug was a 22.21 to take the win by a tenth of a second over Alex Loginov who was the top seed heading into finals.

Yuri Kisil was third behind the two leaders in 22.52.

100 freestyle national champion Santo Condorelli was fourth in 22.70.


  • Canadian Record – 2:11.23 -Erica Morningstar
  • Pan Am cut – 2:20.49
  • Worlds cut – 2:12.98

After winning the 400m IM on the day two and solidifying her spot on the World Championships roster, Sydney Pickrem grabbed another title tonight and once again went under the Worlds cut.

Pickrem swam a very quick 2:11.90 to go over a second under the standard and put up the 10th fastest time in the world this year. Not only was the time solid globally, but it ranks her as the fourth fastest Canadian ever in the event.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was second in 2:13.15 followed by University of Toronto and Windsor Essex Swim Team swimmer Kylie Masse.

Masse, who has shown tons of improvement this season, took the bronze in a time of 2:13.89.


  • Canadian Record – 1:59.19 – Keith Beavers
  • Pan Am cut – 2:07.29
  • Worlds cut – 1:59.22

University of Toronto’s Hochan Ryu led the way in the 200m IM coming into the 100 meter mark with Ajax’s Javier Acevedo right on his tail.

As the 150 approached Luke Reilly and Evan White really started to push the pace.

At the wall Reilly touched in for gold with a time of 2:01.57. White of Michigan was second with a time of 2:02.14.

Javier Acevedo who was in the front pack the whole time added his second bronze of the meet with a 2:03.86.


  • Canadian record – 14:39.63 – Ryan Cochrane
  • Pan Am cut – 15:48.39
  • Worlds cut – 15:05.16

Ryan Cochrane was the man to beat going into the race and the man to beat during it as he came home in 15:01.41 to win another national title in the 1500.

With that swim Cochrane solidified a second swim on the worlds roster after making it in the 400 earlier.

Second was Kier Maitland with a time of 15:12.47 followed by Jon McKay in 15:22.27


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Baumann with the win followed by Ruck. Both under the Pan Am standard, but off the top-16 standard as expected.


Lacroix unfortunately just missed the top-16 standard by 5 hundredths of a second. She looked really smooth throughout the whole race. Another NAG record for 14-year old Oleksiak in fourth place.


Its so annoying that the live feed of finals usually doesn’t cover the start of the B finals because the commentator is still going on and on about the previous events A final, with really uninformative comments
Theyve already interviewed the winner , why keep going on and on after so that we cant see the B finals? For the 200 fly it was practically over before we could see something!

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