2016 Canadian Swimming Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


The first night of finals are underway at the 2016 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, with the opening night featuring the women’s 800 free, men’s 1500 free, 200 back, 50 free, 200  breast and 800 free relays.

Women’s 800m Freestyle

  1. Olivia Anderson, Etobicoke, 8:41.27
  2. Danica Ludlow, Island, 8:45.00
  3. Sophia Saroukian, Edmonton Keyano, 8:48.48

Top seed Olivia Anderson of Etobicoke picked up the win in the opening event of finals, clocking a 8:41.27 in the women’s 800 free. Anderson was just off her best time of 8:38.34, swam at the Olympic Trials in April where she finished second to national record holder and Etobicoke teammate Brittany MacleanDanica Ludlow of Island Swimming put up a time of 8:45.00 for 2nd, and Sophia Saroukian of Edmonton Keyano was 3rd in 8:48.48.

Men’s 1500m Freestyle

  1. Peter Brothers, Island, 15:20.45
  2. Jon McKay, UVPCS, 15:38.81
  3. Josh Zakala, Island, 15:46.75

Island Swimming’s Peter Brothers led the entire way, posting a best time of 15:20.45 for the win. That swim took down his old best of 15:21.19, done at the 2016 Olympic Trials where he finished 2nd to two-time Olympic medalist and national record holder Ryan Cochrane. Brothers swim makes him the 10th fastest Canadian of all-time in the event. Top seed coming into the race Jon McKay finished 2nd in 15:38.81, 20 seconds over his best time, while Brothers’ Island teammate Josh Zakala was 3rd in 15:46.75, a new best time by less than half a second.

Women’s 200m Backstroke

  • Canadian Record: 2:06.80, Hilary Caldwell, 2011 World Championships
  1. Meryn McCann, Etobicoke, 2:11.14
  2. Genevieve Cantin, University of Laval, 2:11.58
  3. Mackenzie Glover, University of Manitoba, 2:12.63

Etobicoke’s Meryn McCann made it 2-for-2 for the ESWIM women so far, winning in a time of 2:11.14. McCann’s best time sits at 2:10.34 from the 2015 Junior World Championships where she finished 4th. Genevieve Cantin improved her prelim time to finish 2nd in 2:11.58, her fastest swim over the past two years. University of Manitoba’s Mackenzie Glover was 3rd in 2:12.63, just off her pb of 2:12.00 from the Olympic Trials.


  • Canadian Record: Matt Hawes, 1:57.34, 2009 World Championship Trials
  1. Rob Hill, Chena, 2:01.50
  2. Noah Choboter, ROD, 2:03.12
  3. Matthew Mac, Oakville, 2:03.22

Top seed from prelims Rob Hill of the Chena Swim Club pulled off the win in a impressive time of 2:01.50, improving his previous personal best of 2:01.74 set at the Olympic Trials earlier this year. Hill, along with 1500 free winner Peter Brothers will both be attending the University of Calgary this fall. CIS champ Noah Choboter finished 2nd in 2:03.12, just ahead of Oakville’s Matthew Mac who was 2:03.22 for 3rd. Choboter was just three one-hundredths off his best time, while Mac was four tenths off his best.


  • Canadian Record: 24.39, Chantal van Landeghem, 2015 World Championships
  1. Ariane Mainville, CAMO, 25.63
  2. Victoria Poon, ANM, 25.82
  3. Sarah Fournier, CNQ, 25.90

Ariane Mainville was joined by two others under 26 seconds tonight, with Victoria Poon and Sarah Fournier also surpassing the barrier. Mainville won in 25.63, just over his best of 25.50, with Poon 2nd in 25.82 and Fournier 3rd in 25.90.


  • Canadian Record: 21.73, Brent Hayden, 2009 World Championships
  1. Karl Krug, CAMO, 23.26
  2. Mirando Jarry, GO, 23.30
  3. Owen Daly, CAMO, 23.31

Top seed Alex Loginov threw down a time of 22.96, but was disqualified, giving the win to CAMO’s Karl Krug in 23.26. Mirando Jarry of the GO Kingfish was 2nd in 23.30, while Owen Daly, Krug’s CAMO teammate, was 3rd in 23.31.


  • Canadian Record: 2:20.12, Annamay Pierse, 2009 World Championships
  1. Kelsey Wog, University of Manitoba, 2:27.21
  2. Ashley McGregor, Pointe-Claire, 2:27.24
  3. Mackenzie Padington, Island, 2:32.13

Kelsey Wog got out fast, and managed to hold off top seed Ashley McGregor down the stretch to beat her by just three one-hundredths of a second, 2:27.21 to 2:27.24. Mackenzie Padington of Island Swimming touched 3rd in 2:32.13, just ahead of CAMO’s Sarah-Lee Hevey (2:32.27).


  • Canadian Record: 2:08.84, Mike Brown, 2008 Olympics
  1. James Dergousoff, Chena, 2:13.30
  2. James Guest, Pointe-Claire, 2:15.51
  3. Nick Kostiuk, Edmonton Keyano, 2:17.60

James Dergousoff of Chena was able to take nearly two seconds off his morning swim to win easily in 2:13.30, just off his personal best of 2:13.11 set back at the 2015 Pan Am Trials. Pointe-Claire’s James Guest finished in the runner-up position in 2:15.51, while Edmonton Keyano’s Nick Kostiuk touched 3rd in 2:17.60. Tristan Cote of Etobicoke, who will be a factor later in the meet in the 400 free and the 400 IM, was 4th in 2:18.33.

Women’s 800m Freestyle Relay

  • Canadian Club Record: 8:09.93, Etobicoke Swimming (Maclean, Bellio, Reason, Earp), 2011
  1. Island Swimming, 8:19.04
  2. Edmonton Keyano, 8:21.22
  3. Oakville, 8:22.88

Island Swimming took nine seconds off their morning time to win the women’s 800 free relay in 8:19.04, beating out Edmonton Keyano (8:21.22) and Oakville (8:22.88). Danika Ludlow of Island had the fastest lead-off split in 2:02.57, and Edmonton Keyano’s Lili Margitai wasn’t far behind with a 2:04.11 lead-off. Joining Ludlow on the winning team was Mackenzie PadingtonSarah Darcel and Jordyn Ryan.

Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay

  • Canadian Club Record: 7:19.46, UBC Dolphins SC (Johns, Mintenko, Hayden, Johnston), 2003
  1. UBC Dolphin Swim Club, 7:33.83
  2. Chena Swim Club, 7:40.45
  3. Oakville Aquatic Club, 7:44.29

The UBC Dolphin Swim Club dominated the men’s 800 free relay, with the team of Stefan MilosevicJonathan BrownColin Eriks and Carson Olafson all posting fast splits to clock 7:33.83 for the win. Milosevic had the top lead-off leg in 1:53.78, and Olafson anchored in a blistering 1:50.96. Chena finished 2nd in 7:40.45, with a 1:54.70 lead-off from Nicolas Hernandez, and Oakville finished 3rd in 7:44.29.



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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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