2016 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


Now halfway through the competition, we’ve seen 11 women book their ticket to the Olympics but just 3 on the men’s side. There is only one men’s event today, but it will qualify four swimmers as the top-4 in the 100 freestyle will qualify for the 4×100 free relay in Rio. Canada has already qualified in the event after finishing 8th at the 2015 World Championships. We’ll also see the 200 fly, 200 IM and 800 free on the women’s side this morning (women’s 800 final is tomorrow night).

Women’s 200m Butterfly Prelims

  1. Audrey Lacroix, 2:11.07
  2. Katerine Savard, 2:13.10
  3. Jacomie Strydom, 2:14.96
  4. Sophie Marois, 2:15.56
  5. Hannah Genich, 2:16.35
  6. Danielle D’Aoust, 2:16.42
  7. Alexandra Bushcer, 2:16.59
  8. Victoria Kwan, 2:17.47
  9. Kate Rendall, 2:17.69
  10. Lauren Swistak, 2:17.88

Top seed and 2015 Pan Am champion Audrey Lacroix cruised to the top seed in the women’s 200 fly, touching in 2:11.07. She’ll be in the middle of the pool tonight, and will look to get under the qualification standard of 2:09.33. She should be able to, as her best time is 2:05.95 from 2009.

After missing the team in her best event, the 100 fly, Katerine Savard qualified for the team last night in the 4×200 free relay, taking some pressure off of her in this race. She was 2nd this morning in 2:13.10, and will look to get under the 2:09.33 standard tonight as well. Her best time is 2:07.61 from 2014.

The 3rd seed goes to Jacomie Strydom in 2:14.96, and 4th is Sophie Marois in 2:15.56. 400 IM runner-up Emily Overholt was a ‘NS’ this morning, choosing not to race this event.

Men’s 100m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Santo Condorelli, 48.09
  2. Yuri Kisil, 48.58
  3. Karl Krug, 49.56
  4. Markus Thormeyer, 49.60
  5. Evan Van Moerkerke, 49.94
  6. Mirando Jarry, 50.09
  7. Javier Acevedo, 50.19
  8. Stefan Milosevic, 50.29
  9. Luke Peddie, 50.41
  10. Dominique Massie-Martel, 50.50

In his first swim of the meet Santo Condorelli came in and had a statement swim, posting a time of 48.09 to claim the top seed in the men’s 100 free. The time is just off his season best of 48.05 and his lifetime best of 47.98 set at the Pan Am Games last summer. He’ll be looking to get back under 48 seconds tonight, and unless he has a major slip-up he’ll qualify for the team. The standard to qualify is 48.99

Yuri Kisil had a breakout swim claiming the 2nd seed in 48.58, a new personal best and his first time under 49 seconds. Kisil will look to crack the FINA-A standard of 48.99 tonight and qualify for his first Olympic team.

Also cracking 50 seconds this morning was Karl Krug (49.56), Markus Thormeyer (49.60), and Evan Van Moerkerke (49.94). With such fast swims from Condorelli and Kisil this morning, chances are these three, along with the others in the final, will be battling for the final two spots on the relay. Javier Acevedo is one to watch as well, after winning the 100 back on day 2 he is riding a hot streak and boasts a best time of 49.85.

There were also some fast performances from international swimmers this morning, including Simonas Bilis (LTU) who posted a time of 48.64. He’ll swim in the B-final along with Sam Perry (NZL), Dylan Carter (TRI), and Ryan Murphy (USA).

Women’s 200m IM Prelims

  1. Sydney Pickrem, 2:14.11
  2. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, 2:14.33
  3. Kylie Masse, 2:15.11
  4. Sarah-Lee Hevey, 2:15.60
  5. Sarah Darcel, 2:16.00
  6. Alexia Zevnik, 2:16.14
  7. Marnia Oldershaw, 2:16.37
  8. Bailey Andison, 2:16.86
  9. Katie Mann, 2:16.88
  10. Kelsey Wog, 2:17.14

400 IM winner from day 2 Sydney Pickrem posted the top time in the heats of the women’s 200 IM, posting 2:14.11 to qualify 1st and get under the FINA-A qualifying standard of 2:14.26. If Pickrem can get under the standard again tonight she’ll have qualified in two individual events for the Olympics. She shouldn’t have any trouble doing so, as Pickrem is the Canadian record holder in this event at 2:10.08, and was 6th in this event at the 2015 World Championships.

The 2nd seed went to Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, who posted a time of 2:14.33. Seltenreich-Hodgson has a best time of 2:11.76, so look for her to get under the qualifying standard as well tonight. She finished 3rd in the 400 IM behind Pickrem and Emily Overholt, who opted to scratch this event. 100m backstroke winner Kylie Masse qualifies 3rd in 2:15.11, as she’ll look to add a second individual event to her Olympic lineup. She’ll also be a major threat in the 200 back later in the meet. Her best time is also under the standard of 2:14.26 at 2:13.22.

Women’s 800m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Olivia Anderson, 8:41.75
  2. Brittany Maclean, 8:42.64
  3. Tabitha Baumann, 8:45.26
  4. Sophia Saroukian, 8:54.74
  5. Jersey Bishop, 8:56.28
  6. Claire Lockrdige, 8:56.84
  7. Tessa Cieplucha, 8:58.35
  8. Danica Ludlow, 8:58.69
  9. Kaitlin Gervais, 9:00.34
  10. Barbara Jardin, 9:01.37

Etobicoke Swimming has the top two seeds for the women’s 800 freestyle, with Olivia Anderson taking 1st in 8:41.75 and Brittany Maclean in 2nd in 8:42.64. Anderson, who was just 0.04 off her personal best set earlier this year in January, will look to get down to the Olympic qualifying standard of 8:33.97 in the final. As will Maclean, who has already booked her ticket to Rio after winning both the 200 and 400 freestyle events, both in national record fashion. Maclean’s best time of 8:20.02 sits well below the FINA-A cut, so look for her to qualify in her third event in the final and challenge her Canadian record.

The 3rd seed goes to Tabitha Baumann in 8:45.26, and 4th is Sophia Saroukian who was 8:54.74. Baumann’s older brother Ashton qualified for the Olympic team last night in the 200 breaststroke, so she’ll try and join him here in the 800 free. Her best time of 8:32.37 from 2014 is under the qualifying standard, so it’s certainly within her capabilities. Saroukian will also look to get down to her best time of 8:44.87 from 2014.

The 800m final will take place tomorrow night, as the Olympic schedule gives the distance swimmers an extra day to prepare for their final.

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I am curious what this kid can do compared to his seed time after what he did in the 100 back.

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So not much this morning. Curious for tonight. Would love to see four at 48.99 or better to have a shot to make the final in Rio. My guess is two 48s tonight with Santo getting a 47 again.


SAantooooo!! 47.5 tonight

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Shoot the canucks the bird tonight Santo!


Did Overholt swim anything this morning? Is she sick?


she must be- 2:01 in the 200 and now two more NS’s…

is this the only shot Canadiens have for qualifying? shame if so, Overholt could really help that 4×200 relay with her 1:55.


She already qualified in the 400 IM. So they can use her on the relay in Rio if they want to.

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James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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