2016 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 6 Prelims Live Recap


We’ll see four events contested at the final prelim sessions of the Canadian Olympic Trials, with men’s and women’s 50 free, women’s 200 back and men’s 200 IM. Both women’s events are strong for Canada, and have an excellent chance of sending two women each in both events. The men’s 50 free could also see two men, as Santo Condorelli will be looking for redemption after being disqualified in the 100 fly and Karl Krug will look to crack the roster after missing in the 100 free. The men’s 200 IM is the biggest question mark, with a few men looking to get under the standard today but they will need great swims to do so. Along with these events, we’ll also see the men’s 1500m free final tonight.

Women’s 50m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Chantal Van Landeghem, 25.07
  2. Michelle Williams, 25.10
  3. Sandrine Mainville, 25.37
  4. Leah Troskot, 25.64
  5. Riki Bonnema, 25.66
  6. Hannah Riordan, 25.96
  7. Ariane Mainville, 25.99
  8. Sarah Fournier, 26.04
  9. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, 26.06
  10. Paige Kremer, 26.09

Canadian record holder Chantal Van Landeghem will take the middle lane tonight in the women’s 50 free final, as she qualified 1st this morning in 25.07. Van Landeghem qualified for the team yesterday in the 100m freestyle, finishing 2nd to Penny Oleksiak. Oleksiak scratched this event this morning, but her two other High Performance Centre teammate Michelle Williams and Sandrine Mainville will both be in the final as they qualified 2nd and 3rd. Williams was 25.10 for 2nd, putting her under the FINA-A standard of 25.28. Mainville was close behind in 3rd in 25.37.

It will likely come down to a battle between Williams and Mainville tonight for the second spot on the team, provided they are under the 25.28 cut. Van Landeghem is the favorite by far, as she was 5th at the World Championships last summer when she set her Canadian record of 24.39. She’ll look to get down into that territory tonight.

Four more women got under 26 seconds, including Leah Troskot (25.64) and Riki Bonnema (25.66) who come into tonight seeded 4th and 5th.

Men’s 50m Freestyle Prelims

  1. Santo Condorelli, 22.34
  2. Yuri Kisil, 22.56
  3. Karl Krug, 22.60
  4. Chris Manning, 22.78
  5. Luke Peddie, 22.88
  6. Mirando Jarry, 22.94
  7. Alex Loginov, 23.01
  8. Owen Daly, 23.25
  9. Cameron Kidd, 23.29
  10. David Hibberd, 23.30

After being disqualified in the 100m fly yesterday morning, Santo Condorelli came in and grabbed the top seed in the men’s 50 free, clocking a time of 22.34. Condorelli swam his best time in December at the U.S. Winter Nationals, going 22.04. He’ll look to become the second Canadian after Brent Hayden to crack the 22-second barrier in the 50 free tonight. He’ll also need to be a bit faster than he was this morning to make the FINA-A standard of 22.27.

100m freestyle runner-up Yuri Kisil heads into tonight seeded 2nd after going 22.56 this morning, and Karl Krug is seeded 3rd after this morning’s 22.60. Both will be looking to get under the 22.27 standard tonight. Tonight will be Krug’s last chance to make the team after missing out on a spot in the 4×100 free relay earlier. Krug should be able to get under the standard, as he won the trials last year in 22.21.

Chris ManningLuke Peddie, and Mirando Jarry also cracked 23 seconds this morning.

Among the international swimmers, Simonas Bilis put up a time of 22.23 to place him in the middle of the pool for the consolation final tonight. Joining him will be Dylan Carter (22.69), Sam Perry (22.73), and Derek Toomey (22.89).

Women’s 200m Backstroke Prelims

  1. Hilary Caldwell, 2:08.43
  2. Dominique Bouchard, 2:09.63
  3. Kylie Masse, 2:10.64
  4. Meryn McCann, 2:11.32*
  5. Kennedy Goss, 2:11.32*
  6. Alexia Zevnik, 2:11.35
  7. Rosie Zavaros, 2:11.78
  8. Mackenzie Glover, 2:12.92
  9. Genevieve Cantin, 2:13.75
  10. Taylor Ruck, 2:14.38

Canada’s 1-2 200 backstroke punch that went 1-2 at the Pan Am Games last summer qualified 1-2 this morning in the prelims, with Canadian record holder Hilary Caldwell qualifying 1st overall in 2:08.43, and Dominique Bouchard 2nd in 2:09.63. Both women swam under the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:10.60. Bouchard has already qualified for the team after finishing 2nd in the 100 back to Kylie Masse, while Caldwell will look to make it tonight. Caldwell’s swim moves her into 6th in the world this season.

Masse wasn’t far behind in this race, qualifying 3rd in 2:10.64, just off the FINA-A standard of 2:10.60. Caldwell (2:06.80) and Bouchard (2:08.16) have best times well under Masse’s (2:09.70), so she’ll have to get back down under 2:10 to have a chance tonight. Meryn McCann and Kennedy Goss tied for 4th overall this morning in 2:11.32. McCann was the 4th place finisher in this event at the Junior World Championships last summer, while Goss finished a surprise 3rd place in this event at the recent NCAA Championships.

After a disappointing 100 back and 100 free, World Junior bronze medalist Taylor Ruck managed to squeak into the A-final, finishing 10th in 2:14.38. It is rumored that Ruck is injured, so it seems unlikely, but if she got down to her best time of 2:09.49 she would have a chance at qualifying.

Men’s 200m IM Prelims

  1. Luke Reilly, 2:03.07
  2. Mack Darragh, 2:03.32
  3. Evan White, 2:03.76
  4. Rob Hill, 2:03.76
  5. Javier Acevedo, 2:04.26
  6. Jonathan Brown, 2:04.48
  7. Hochan Ryu, 2:05.19
  8. Colin Eriks, 2:05.38
  9. James Dergousoff, 2:05.45
  10. Jeremy Tremblay, 2:05.79

400 IM winner from the first day Luke Reilly qualified 1st in the men’s 200 IM in 2:03.07, as he’ll take his final shot at making the Olympic team tonight. Reilly just missed the FINA-A standard in the 400 IM, and will need to improve on his personal best of 2:01.42 if he wants to make the standard of 2:00.28. Second seed Mack Darragh will look for his third win of the meet after already claiming both the 100 and 200 butterfly events. Darragh was close to his personal best of 2:02.85 this morning in 2:03.32, so look for him to have another good swim tonight.

The only man who has been under two minutes in this field, Evan White, has been relatively quiet here at trials. He scratched both the 200 fly A-final and 100 free B-final earlier in the meet, but he’ll swim tonight and take a crack at the Olympic team in his best event. His time of 1:59.84 from 2014 is under the qualifying standard of 2:00.28, so he arguably has the best chance of anyone in this event if he can get back down there. White’s best performance from 2015 was 2:00.60 at the Pan Ams, so look for him to be close to the standard tonight.

Also qualifying for the final was Rob Hill in 4th in 2:03.76, who has made several A-finals this meet, and Javier Acevedo in 5th in 2:04.26. Acevedo has a best time of 2:01.91, so he could be dangerous tonight as well.


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8 years ago

I heard that the Men will be swimming a 400 Medley Relay tonight to see if they can get a faster time qualified for Rio. I am assuming it is the 100 winners in each event, but not sure. I think they will (or should) swim Javier Acevedo on Back, Jason Block on Breast, Santo Condorelli on Fly, and Yuri Kisil on Free which would give them the fastest aggregate time leaving Mack Darragh off the Olympic team and 400 Med relay.

Darragh is seeded 2nd tonight in the 200 IM and does have a very outside shot to qualify in that event. I wonder if he does win the 200 IM making that 3 wins, if they will… Read more »

Reply to  SwimStrong
8 years ago

Canada is pretty safe for the medley relay with PAN AM time..

8 years ago

Why was Santo DQ’d in the 100 fly? And does anyone know what his time would have been if he didn’t get DQ’d?

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8 years ago


8 years ago

Live results aren’t working at all today? I tried the link above… the omega timing results…. this has been a sad meet for outside spectators (ie: geo-block the first 3 days of the live webcast, no prelims on webcast, horrible live results). I hope SNC learned from this….

8 years ago

So Ruck has failed to make the finals of either the 50m free or 200m back. She has been very silly with her schedule here. Managed more sensibly she would surely have made the team in at least the 4x200m, and possibly the 4x100m free and 200m free individually.

Reply to  Iain
8 years ago

she is 10th in the 200m BK according to this article

Reply to  Iain
8 years ago

Ruck finished 5th in the 200 free under the qualifying time, after coming in first in the heats, also under the QT. I wonder if there will be any consideration to take her as an alternative for the 4×200 relay, meaning she could also potentially swim the 4X100 relay as an heats swimmer. If she gets back on form, she is too good of a swimmer to be left off the team.

Reply to  Iain
8 years ago

Stop criticizing this poor kid. Why not celebrate this young lady’s incredible talent and wish her well! At 15 she has demonstrated that she is an incredible, resilient, versatile swimmer. Her time will come!

Reply to  Poolside
8 years ago

Agreed with you 100%. The only reason to criticize a 15yr KID at an event like this is for poor behavior or cheating. This young talent should be applauded for a) showing diversity tackling a multi event schedule if she had a shot in any of the events and b) not packing it in and going home after obviously have an off meet for whatever reason. She has come back day after day to race again and is back in a national final in the 2 back. No idea if anything wrong with EO but she was off as well this meet and scratched her last 2 events. No judgment as she likely had to do what is necessary. But… Read more »

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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