2016 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


We head into day three of the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials with seven women qualified, but just one male thus far. We should be guaranteed at least one more male will make it tonight, as 2015 World Championship bronze medalist in the 400 freestyle Ryan Cochrane will contest that event today. Along with the men’s 400 free we have the women’s 200 free, women’s 100 breast, and the men’s 200 breast. The women’s 200 free will select the four who compete on the 4x200m free relay at the Olympics.

Women’s 200m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Taylor Ruck, 1:58.27
  2. Brittany Maclean, 1:58.48
  3. Jacqueline Keire, 1:59.24
  4. Penny Oleksiak, 1:59.63
  5. Kennedy Goss, 1:59.70
  6. Katerine Savard, 2:00.36
  7. Alyson Ackman, 2:00.43
  8. Rebecca Smith, 2:00.55
  9. Samantha Cheverton, 2:01.12
  10. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, 2:01.16

After a disappointing 100 back performance yesterday, 15 year-old Taylor Ruck put up the fastest time this morning in the 200 free prelims, posting 1:58.27. That swim is well under the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:58.96, and is just shy of her 1:57.87 personal best from the 2015 Junior World Championships where she won gold.

Four more women broke two minutes, with 400 free winner Brittany Maclean 2nd in 1:58.48, also under the qualifying standard. Jacqueline Keire was 3rd in 1:59.24, and Penny Oleksiak follows up her big win in the 100 fly on the opening night with a solid 1:59.63 to qualify 4th. Kennedy Goss (1:59.70) and Katerine Savard (2:00.36) also qualified for the final.

Surprisingly Emily Overholt, the 2015 trials champion in this event and silver medalist at the Pan Am Games, missed the final putting up the 13th fastest time by a Canadian in 2:01.89, well off her best of 1:57.55.

Men’s 400m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Ryan Cochrane, 3:50.61
  2. Jeremy Bagshaw, 3:50.96
  3. Peter Brothers, 3:53.54
  4. Colin Gilbert, 3:54.52
  5. Tristan Cote, 3:56.44
  6. Eric Hedlin, 3:56.47
  7. Mackenzie Hamill, 3:56.90
  8. Jon McKay, 3:57.22
  9. Keegan Zanatta, 3:57.93
  10. Carson Olafson, 3:58.61

As expected Ryan Cochrane took the top seed in the men’s 400 free prelims, clocking 3:50.61. He has stated he wants to be faster than he has been at previous trials meets (typically around 3:47), so he’ll shoot for 3:46 or better tonight. 200 freestyle runner-up Jeremy Bagshaw takes the 2nd seed heading into tonight with a time of 3:50.96. Bagshaw just missed qualifying in the 200 free by two tenths of a second and was a bit off his best time, so he’ll look to qualify tonight in the 400. His best time of 3:49.76 is under the qualifying standard of 3:50.40.

Peter Brothers, who represents Island Swimming like both Cochrane and Bagshaw do, is seeded 3rd for tonight after going 3:53.54 this morning. Brothers took over a second off his personal best, but will likely be racing for 3rd behind Cochrane and Bagshaw tonight. Last years 3rd place finisher at trials Keegan Zanatta qualifies 9th in 3:57.93. He’ll look to get back down to his personal best of 3:52.15.

There were plenty of international swimmers in this event, including New Zealand’s Matthew Hutchins who was the fastest out of anyone this morning in 3:49.84. That time should qualify Hutchins for the Olympics. His countryman Kevin Litherland was just off the qualifying standard in 3:51.01, as he’ll look to get it tonight. Also qualifying for the B-final was Nicholas Sweetser (3:52.13) and Connor Jaeger (3:53.16), both of the United States.

Women’s 100m Breaststroke Prelims

  1. Rachel Nicol, 1:06.88
  2. Kierra Smith, 1:07.44
  3. Tera Van Beilen, 1:08.38
  4. Kelsey Wog, 1:09.24
  5. Ashley McGregor, 1:09.78
  6. Erin Stamp, 1:09.81
  7. Tianna Rissling, 1:10.05
  8. Martha McCabe, 1:10.45
  9. Bronwyn Pasloski, 1:10.66
  10. Marie-Solei Jean-Lachapelle, 1:10.82

Top seed Rachel Nicol posted the top time of the prelims in 1:06.88, a new personal best. That times elevates her to 12th in the world for the 2015-16 season. Kierra Smith was 2nd in 1:07.44, also a new personal best. Both swimmers were under the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:07.85, as Canada will look to send two women in this event if they can do it again tonight. Tera Van Beilen was 3rd in 1:08.38, as the top-3 from the 2015 trials finished in the same order here this morning as they did in last years final. Van Beilen made the 2012 Olympic team in this event and will look to run down Nicol and/or Smith tonight and earn a spot. Kelsey Wog (1:09.24) and Ashley McGregor (1:09.78) qualified 4th and 5th as they also broke the 1:10 barrier, and 200 breast specialist Martha McCabe qualified 8th in 1:10.45.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke Prelims

  1. James Dergousoff, 2:13.26
  2. Jason Block, 2:13.54
  3. Richard Funk, 2:13.83
  4. Ashton Baumann, 2:14.71
  5. Ryan Telford, 2:15.59
  6. James Guest, 2:16.03
  7. Eli Wall, 2:16.32
  8. Dillon Perron, 2:16.68
  9. Nick Kostiuk, 2:16.81
  10. Connor Islings, 2:18.95

James Dergousoff took the top seed going into tonight in the men’s 200 breast, posting a time of 2:13.26. That time is only a tenth off his personal best of 2:13.11 which he set at the 2015 trials where he won gold. 100m winner Jason Block put up the 2nd fastest time of the morning, coming in at 2:13.54. Top seeded Richard Funk was 3rd in 2:13.83, and Ashton Baumann qualifies 4th for tonight in 2:14.71. The men have some work to do tonight as the qualifying time in this event is 2:11.66. Funk has the fastest best time of the group, as he posted a 2:11.51 at the Pan American Games last year en route to a silver medal.

Another male event heavy in international swimmers, the 200 breast saw a very fast swim this morning from American Josh Prenot. Prenot put up a personal best of 2:08.58, eclipsing his previous best mark of 2:08.90 from his gold medal winning swim at the 2015 World University Games. Prenot moves into 2nd in the world rankings with that swim, behind only Marco Koch of Germany.

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Overholt seems to be a little off her game, she qualified on 400 IM, but far from Kazan time. Hope she can bounce back at Rio.


Does anyone know how relay selection works for the 4×200?

Captain Ontario

This relay will qualify no problem. Top 4 are selected to relay. If Overholt is back on her game by Rio they could also use her since she’s already qualified.

tea rex

Women are strong. What about the men 4×200?


Men won’t qualify a relay for the 4×200. the top 4 in the 2fr didn’t hit swim canada’s combined time (7:10 i think?)

Bill G

Tea Rex: Re: Men’s 4×200: Looks like a team won’t be nominated. Stated standard was Top 4 times in A finals less 1.8 seconds … had to be faster than 7:10.92 (8th place time at 2015 Worlds). So … the top 4 times less 1.8 was slower than 7:10.93

… Also, since Canada didn’t pre-qualify in this event, any nomination would have have been provisional on FINA approval (which apparently happens June 3, 2016). I think entries are limited to 16, and the top 12 at Kazan were pre-selected.


Canada is not yet qualified.
The country was not top 12 at Worlds and need to be one of the 4 fastest times of “others” to qualify

Currently top 4 to qualify: Brazil: 7:11:15, Italy 7:13:77, China: 7:16:77, Canada: 7:17:33. So Canada is in, but probably China will improve their time and Canada should do the same because Switzerland has a 7:17 high


1:06.8 for Rachel Nicol in the 100 breast..
With a 56.9 100 fly, 59.0 100 back and potentially a 53-low 100 free the Canadian medley relay for women just got very competitive


Potentially, the medley relay can swim around 3:55, just outside bronze, imo.

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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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