2016 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


The first night of finals for the Canadian Olympic Trials will commence tonight, with lots of buzz on deck and around the country as Olympic spots are finally up for grabs. Unlike previous years, the winner of an event won’t automatically qualify for the team. If the swimmer wins and is under the FINA-A standard, they will qualify for the Olympics. If a swimmer finishes 2nd and is under the standard they qualify as well. Those who win but don’t make the standard have the possibility of being put on the team at the end of the meet once all of the other criteria’s have been filled. Among the highlights tonight will be the women’s 100 fly and the men’s 100 breast. Both events shape up to be three-way battles after a very close prelim in both events.

Men’s 400m IM Final

  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:16.71
  • Top Seed for the Final: Tristan Cote, 4:20.15
  • Canadian Record: Brian Johns, 4:11.41 – 2008
  1. Luke Reilly, 4:17.14
  2. Tristan Cote, 4:21.18
  3. Robert Hill, 4:21.25

Luke Reilly of UBC placed 1st in the men’s 400 IM, clocking 4:17.14 for the win. Reilly narrowly missed the FINA-A standard of 4:16.71, meaning he won’t qualify for the team in this event. Reilly was a bit off of his best time of 4:15.86 from 2014. Tristan Cote of Etobicoke was 2nd in 4:21.18, edging out Chena’s Robert Hill who was 3rd in 4:21.25. Josh Zakala took off nearly three seconds from prelims to move up from 8th to 4th in 4:22.77, and Jeremy Tremblay was 5th in 4:23.58.

Women’s 400m Freestyle Final

  1. Brittany Maclean, 4:03.84 NR OQ
  2. Taylor Ruck, 4:09.93
  3. Kennedy Goss, 4:10.30

Etobicoke’s Brittany Maclean came in and dominated the women’s 400 free final, touching in 4:03.84, the 2nd fastest time in the world this year. The time also demolishes her Canadian record of 4:05.06 from the London Olympics. She immediately becomes a medal threat at the Olympics with this swim and still four months to go till the games.

15 year-old Taylor Ruck touched 2nd in 4:09.93, taking off over three seconds from her previous personal best of 4:13.51 set at the 2015 Pan Am Trials. Ruck’s time was less than a second off of the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:09.08. 3rd place went to Kennedy Goss of the Granite Gators in 4:10.30, taking off three seconds from her previous best time as well. Maclean’s Etobicoke teammate Olivia Anderson was 4th in 4:14.80, and Sophia Saroukian of Edmonton Keyano was 5th in 4:14.99.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final

  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:00.57
  • Top Seed for the Final: Richard Funk, 1:00.66
  • Canadian Record: Scott Dickens, 59.85 – 2012
  1. Jason Block, 1:00.59
  2. Richard Funk, 1:00.92
  3. James Dergousoff / Ashton Baumann, 1:01.56

Calgary’s Jason Block pulled off the upset over Richard Funk winning in 1:00.59, a personal best time but just off the qualifying standard of 1:00.57. Funk labored to the finish, touching in 1:00.92 for 2nd. Funk was off his prelim time of 1:00.66 and best time of 1:00.26 from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Both still have hope to qualify for the team, as they’ll both be factors in the 200 breaststroke, and one of the criteria in qualifying involves the winner of each 100 qualifying for the medley relay.

James Dergousoff and Ashton Baumann tied for 3rd in 1:01.56, with Konrad Bald touching in 1:01.97 for 5th. Dergousoff took off a bit of time from prelims, while Baumann added nearly half a second.

Josh Prenot won the B final in 1:00.92.

Women’s 100m Butterfly Final

  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 58.74
  • Top Seed for the Final: Penny Oleksiak, 57.38
  • Canadian Record: Katerine Savard, 57.27 – 2014
  1. Penny Oleksiak, 56.99 NR OQ
  2. Noemie Thomas, 57.02 OQ
  3. Katerine Savard, 57.75

After surprisingly taking the top seed this morning, 15 year-old Penny Oleksiak didn’t disappoint tonight, taking the win 56.99, a new Canadian record. Touching 2nd was Noemie Thomas who went 57.02, the second fastest time in Canada’s history. Oleksiak and Thomas both broke 58 seconds for the first time this morning, and now they are right at the threshold of 57 seconds (with Oleksiak under it obviously). Both women crushed the Olympic qualifying standard of 58.74 and qualify for the team.

Surprisingly, previous Canadian record holder Katerine Savard didn’t make the Olympic team, despite being nearly a full second under the standard. Savard touched 3rd in 57.75, off of her best time of 57.27 from 2014. Savard was the 5th place finisher at the World Championships last summer.

National team veteran Audrey Lacroix touched 4th in 59.10, and Rebecca Smith was 5th in 59.46. Look for Lacroix later in the week to be one of the favorites in the 200 fly.

Men’s 200m Freestyle Final

  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 1:47.97
  • Top Seed for the Final: Jeremy Bagshaw, 1:48.47
  • Canadian Record: Brent Hayden, 1:46.40 – 2008
  1. Markus Thormeyer, 1:48.17
  2. Jeremy Bagshaw, 1:48.20
  3. Yuri Kisil, 1:48.90

UBC’s Markus Thormeyer took off over two seconds from his best time to surprise favorite Jeremy Bagshaw and win the men’s 200 free in 1:48.17. He was just off the qualifying standard of 1:47.97. Bagshaw was 2nd in 1:48.20, off his best time of 1:47.48 from last year. 3rd place went to Thormeyer’s UBC teammate Yuri Kisil, who took it out very fast in 24.13 at the 50m mark. Kisil faded throughout the race, eventually touching in 1:48.90 for 3rd. That time still takes off over two seconds from his previous best time of 1:51.00. 4th went to Stefan Milosevic in 1:49.66, and 5th was Samuel Belanger in 1:50.02.

Canada’s 4x200m free relay has yet to qualify for the Olympics, and if the top-4 combined times added up to 7:10.92 they would have made it, but they failed to do so. They still have a good chance of qualifying the relay, they just need to wait and see if they’re in the top-4 among teams who haven’t qualified. A lot of power sits in the hands of high performance director John Atkinson in adding relay swimmers if he so chooses.

Tom Kremer won the B-final in 1:48.57.

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Anyone getting live stream to work?


“This content is currently unavailable”


LOL this is how us Canadians feel 90% of the time


Still getting “this content is currently unavailable”

It’s location blocked to Canada only


Is Canada on daylight savings? Maybe it starts at 8:00 EDT?


Canada (other than Saskatchewan) changed to daylight with most of the US nearly a month ago….


Is there an American stream available?


Is there a live feed that is working?

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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