2016 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap


The 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials kick off this morning with the first prelim session starting at 10 AM ET. This morning will feature the men’s 400 IM, women’s 400 free, men’s 100 breast, women’s 100 fly, and the men’s 200 free. The 50, 200 and 400 freestyle paralympic events will also be competed in this morning. The top 10 Canadians in each event will qualify for tonight’s A final, while the next 10 will be in the B final. International swimmers competing here can qualify for the B final, but only the top four non-Canadians can get in. Finals will be live streamed on cbcsports.ca. Prelims aren’t officially being webcasted, but you can tune into this mornings action here.

 Men’s 400m IM

  1. Tristan Cote, 4:20.15
  2. Rob Hill, 4:21.48
  3. Luke Reilly, 4:23.18
  4. Jeremy Tremblay, 4:24.61
  5. Jonathan Brown, 4:25.46
  6. Montana Champagne, 4:25.57
  7. Colin Eriks, 4:25.73
  8. Josh Zakala, 4:25.74
  9. Philip Kay, 4:25.97
  10. Hau-Li Fan, 4:28.67

Tristan Cote of Etobicoke is the top qualifier into the A-Final of the men’s 400 IM,, clocking 4:20.15. Canada didn’t send any swimmers in this event to last year’s World Championships, and after the retirement of Alec Page last fall, things got even bleaker in the event. Nobody came close in prelims to the necessary 4:16.71 Olympic Qualifying Time.

Rob Hill (CHENA) was 2nd in 4:21.48, and pre-race favorite Luke Reilly was 3rd in 4:23.18.

American Josh Prenot, the recent NCAA Champion in the event, actually clocked the top time of the morning, going 4:18.92. Prenot will swim in the B-final tonight, as foreign athletes are not allowed to compete in A-Finals.

Women’s 400m Freestyle

  1. Brittany Maclean, 4:07.82
  2. Kennedy Goss, 4:12.70
  3. Danica Ludlow, 4:13.95
  4. Olivia Anderson, 4:14.56
  5. Tabitha Baumann, 4:15.30
  6. Sophia Saroukian, 4:15.89
  7. Taylor Ruck, 4:16.78
  8. Alyson Ackman, 4:17.28
  9. Mackenzie Padington, 4:18.99
  10. Mabel Zavaros, 4:19.73

Canadian record holder Brittany Maclean of Etobicoke dominated the women’s 400 free prelims this morning, clocking 4:07.82 for the top seed. Maclean looks to be on great form, and her national record of 4:05.06 could be in danger tonight. It doesn’t look like she’ll be challenged for the win tonight after Emily Overholt scratched the event. The 2nd seed goes to Kennedy Goss of the Granite Gators, who posted a 4:12.70 this morning. Goss looks to have the best chance of placing 2nd tonight, but will need to take off over three seconds to earn the FINA-A standard of 4:09.08 tonight.

Danica Ludlow (ISC) posted the 3rd best time among Canadians in 4:13.95, with Olivia Anderson (ESWIM) 4th in 4:14.56, and Tabitha Baumann 5th in 4:15.30. Also qualifying for the final tonight Sophia Saroukian (EKSC), Taylor RuckAlyson Ackman (PCSC), Mackenzie Padington (ISC), and Mabel Zavaros (OAK).

American Elizabeth Beisel posted the second fastest time of the morning in 4:09.07. She’ll swim in the middle of the pool in the B-final tonight.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke

  1. Richard Funk, 1:00.66
  2. Jason Block, 1:00.87
  3. Ashton Baumann, 1:01.08
  4. Konrad Bald, 1:01.72
  5. James Dergousoff, 1:01.82
  6. Nick Kostiuk, 1:02.39
  7. Eli Wall, 1:02.57
  8. Warren Mayer, 1:02.63
  9. James Guest, 1:02.81
  10. Sergey Holson, 1:02.94

Richard Funk led the way in the men’s 100 breast prelims, posting a time of 1:00.66 for the top seed tonight. Funk was just 0.40 off his best time from the World Championships last summer in Kazan, and was 0.09 slower than the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:00.57. The 2nd seed goes to Jason Block, who threw down a personal best of 1:00.87. Look for Block to challenge Funk for the win tonight, as they both look to dip below the standard of 1:00.57.

A fast field this morning saw three more swimmers go 1:01, and the top ten all under 1:03. Ashton Baumann was 3rd in a personal best 1:01.08, as he looks to challenge both Funk and Block tonight. Konrad Bald (1:01.72) and James Dergousoff (1:01.82) also both scored personal bests this morning to put themselves 4th and 5th heading into tonight. Also qualifying for the A-final tonight was Nick Kostiuk (EKSC), Eli Wall (TSC), Warren Mayer (PICK), James Guest (PCSC), and Sergey Holson (UBCDS).

Among international swimmers Josh Prenot went 1:01.15 for the 4th fastest time of the morning. Alexander Peach of New Zealand went 1:01.96 for the 7th fastest time, and American Chuck Katis was 1:02.56 for the 9th best time. All three will compete in the B-final.

Women’s 100m Butterfly 

  1. Penny Oleksiak, 57.38
  2. Noemie Thomas, 57.60
  3. Katerine Savard, 57.72
  4. Audrey Lacroix, 59.34
  5. Rebecca Smith, 59.74
  6. Maggie MacNeil, 1:00.13
  7. Mabel Zavaros, 1:00.31
  8. Samantha Corea, 1:00.47
  9. Georgia Kidd, 1:00.76
  10. Jacomie Strydom, 1:01.06
  11. Sophie Marois, 1:01.15

The women’s 100 fly shapes up to be a three woman race tonight, as pre-race favorite Katerine Savard finished 3rd this morning and will have to battle for a top-2 spot tonight. She finished 3rd this morning behind both Penny Oleksiak and Noemie Thomas. Oleksiak had a blistering morning swim, coming just short of the Canadian record of 57.27 held by Savard. Second went to Thomas in 57.60, a new personal best. All three were well under the Olympic qualifying standard of 58.74, so it looks like Canada will be sending two swimmers to the Olympics in this event. The question is- which two?

The swim by Oleksiak is over a full second under her previous best time of 58.44, showing incredible improvement. Savard and Thomas both represented Canada in this event at the 2015 World Championships, placing 5th and 8th respectively, while Oleksiak won silver at the Junior World Championships in Singapore.

200 fly specialist Audrey Lacroix clocked the 4th best time of the morning in 59.34, and Rebecca Smith was the only other woman under 1 minute, 5th in 59.74.

Men’s 200m Freestyle

  1. Jeremy Bagshaw, 1:48.47
  2. Yuri Kisil, 1:49.45
  3. Markus Thormeyer, 1:50.13
  4. Peter Brothers, 1:50.18
  5. Stefan Milosevic, 1:50.20
  6. Chad Bobrosky, 1:50.29
  7. Anthony Lyons, 1:50.41
  8. Ryan Cochrane, 1:50.43
  9. Colin Gilbert, 1:50.61
  10. Samuel Belanger, 1:50.61

In what has to be considered one of Canada’s weakest events, 2015 World Championship team member Jeremy Bagshaw topped the field in the men’s 200 free prelims in 1:48.47. After Bagshaw, there were nine foreign swimmers in the next ten places, with Yuri Kisil taking the 2nd seed in 1:49.45. In order to automatically qualify the 4×200 free relay for the Olympics tonight they’ll need four guys to average about 1:48.1 which seems unlikely, given 4th place is currently 1:50.18. The 3rd seed went to Markus Thormeyer in 1:50.13.

The international swimmers were led by Jan Switkowski (1:48.57), Pawel Werner (1:49.06), and Tom Kremer (1:49.07). Those three, along with Michael Klueh (1:49.15) will swim in the B-final tonight.

Tonight’s finals will begin at 7 PM ET tonight.

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6 years ago

No it wasn’t. I believe I t is held by Chen Xinyi of China in around 56.6

6 years ago

I thought Oleksiak is 15 or maybe just turned 16. If so then her prelim time just set the WJR in the 100 fly as it was just set at 57.55 in Japan by Rikako Ikee.

6 years ago

SwimStrong- Cochrane swam the 200- 1:50.5 according to the recap.

Reply to  HulkSwim
6 years ago

I missed that thanks. Expected him to be near the top so didn’t go down that far. Was just trying to put his PB in perspective as he could be using it as a warm up swim?

6 years ago

Great job of Philip Kay, a 16 y.o. making the A Final in the 400 IM! The women side is impressive. Don’t think 2016 is going to be big for them but what out in 2020…

Groovy Tony
Reply to  lgariepy
6 years ago

I agree, good to see the younger swimmers stepping up at this meet.

6 years ago

If a swimmer wins but doesn’t make the OLY qualifying time, do they still make OLY team for CA???? Pretty sad for CA to have their winners not even making OLY standard!

Reply to  SUNY Cal
6 years ago


If they are under the FINA A, the winner (and or 2nd place) automatically makes qualifying. If they are under the FINA B and win the event, then I don’t think they automatically qualify but could be picked up by the priority rules in the article above.

6 years ago

Such a shame that the Canadian men are so weak at the 200 free. The additon of Condorelli plus the emergence of Kisil have given Canada some 100 free strength, but there hasn’t really been anyone that has emerged in the 200free besides Bagshaw.

Reply to  MTK
6 years ago

Ryan Cochrane does go a 1:48.5 flat start (i know he has been faster on a relay) but decided not to swim it. He will most likely be on a relay if they choose to swim him on it. But yes I agree, Canada is overall very weak in the 200 free.

6 years ago

I think that Luke Reilly will get under the olympic qualification standard in the 400 im. I also see Taylor Ruck challenging for 2nd in the 400 free. Encouraging to see 2 guys getting close to the standard in the 100 breast. My prediction for the 100 fly is Savard 1st and Oleksiak 2nd.

6 years ago

And Oleksiak time may show good things for the free relay to gather a team that can fight for Bronze

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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