2017 Canadian World Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2017 CANADIAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS

Spots for Canada’s World Championship team are up for grabs again tonight, with four events slated for the evening session.

Starting us off will be the women’s 100 freestyle, where Penny Oleksiak will look to qualify for her first LC World Championship team after winning Olympic gold last summer. Oleksiak led the prelims in a time of 54.17. Provided the field is fast enough, the top finishers in the race will qualify for the 400 free relay. In order for that to happen, the top-four need to average about 54.58. This morning the add-up from the top-four were under the cut by less than a tenth. The individual qualification standard sits at 54.93. All eight swimmers in the final have a realistic chance of qualifying tonight.

In the men’s 100 free Yuri Kisil will look to become the second man to qualify for the team after getting under the ‘A’ standard this morning in 48.68. Markus Thormeyer will fight to do the same after clocking 49.62 in the prelims. The standard stands at 48.93.

In the women’s 100 breaststroke Rachel Nicol has a great chance to add her name to the roster after going under the standard this morning in 1:07.34, while Kierra Smith will look to add a second event in Budapest after winning the 200 last night.

In the men’s event, Richard Funk needs to be just a shade faster than the morning to qualify. He clocked 1:00.39, and the standard is 1:00.35.

The women’s 400 IM sets up to be a dog fight between four women tonight with only two spots available. Mary-Sophie HarveySarah DarcelSydney Pickrem and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson have all broken 4:40 in their career. The standard stands at 4:43.06, so the battle for spots in this race could very tight.

In the men’s event Luke Reilly will look to get under the standard of 4:17.90 tonight after an easy 4:22 prelim swim. His best time is 4:15.86 from back in 2014. Tristan Cote is the only other man in the field who has broken 4:20 before, with a best of 4:19.56 from 2015.

The 50 back will close out the session with Kylie Masse in search of another Canadian Record. After setting two yesterday in the 100, Masse was less than two tenths shy of her own 50 record this morning in 27.83. In the men’s race, Javier Acevedo will look to nail down his second backstroke win of the meet against top seed Tim Zeng.

Women’s 100 Free Final

  • Canadian Record: 52.70, Penny Oleksiak, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 54.90
  1. Penny Oleksiak, TSC, 53.84
  2. Sandrine Mainville, CAMO, 53.95
  3. Michelle Toro, NYAC, 54.14

Penny Oleksiak came home in a blazing 27.53 to run down early leader Sandrine Mainville to win in a time of 53.84, qualifying her for the World Championship team. Mainville held on for 2nd in 53.95, earning her an individual event in Budapest as well. Michelle Toro (54.14) and Chantal van Landeghem (54.16) were fast enough in 3rd and 4th to earn spots on the 400 free relay.

Kayla SanchezRebecca Smith and Katerine Savard placed 5th, 6th and 7th, and have all qualified for Budapest via the 200 free last night. This gives Canada plenty of options for the prelim 400 free relay in Budapest.

After a disappointing 200 free, Taylor Ruck placed 8th in the final in 55.37. Oakville’s Jacqueline Keire won the B-final in 55.29.

MEN’S 100 FREE FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 47.27, Brent Hayden, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 48.93
  1. Yuri Kisil, UBCDS, 48.90
  2. Markus Thormeyer, UBCDS, 49.13
  3. Carson Olafson, UBCDS, 50.28

UBC swept the podium, with Yuri Kisil leading the way in a time of 48.90 to get under the ‘A’ standard and qualify for the World Championships. It was a bit slower than his morning swim of 48.68, but gets him a spot on the team nonetheless.

Markus Thormeyer was just two tenths off the standard for 2nd in 49.13, a new personal best. He had the fastest back half of anyone in the field. Thormeyer will look to qualify in either the 200 back or 50 free later in the meet after narrow misses in the 100 and 200 free.

Carson Olafson rounded out the UBC sweep in 50.28, getting by CAMO’s Antoine Bernard-Lalonde by two tenths who was 4th.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 1:05.74, Annamay Pierse, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:07.58
  1. Rachel Nicol, LASC, 1:07.43
  2. Kierra Smth, KWIC, 1:08.44
  3. Faith Knelson, ISC, 1:08.80

Like Kisil, Rachel Nicol was a bit slower than the prelims tonight but still managed to qualify for the World Championship team in a time of 1:07.43, bettering the standard of 1:07.58.

Kierra Smith was also a bit slower than the morning, placing 2nd in 1:08.44. Youngster Faith Knelson got by a few more established names to take 3rd in 1:08.80 over Ashley McGregor (1:08.97) and Kelsey Wog (1:09.08).

MEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 59.85, Scott Dickens, 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:00.35
  1. Richard Funk, TSC, 1:00.03
  2. Eli Wall, TSC, 1:01.72
  3. James Dergousoff, CHENA, 1:02.26

Richard Funk delivered in the big moment, posting a lifetime best time of 1:00.03 to qualify for the World Championship team after a disappointing miss a year ago at the Olympic Trials. Funk was less than two tenths off of the Canadian Record of 59.85 held by Scott Dickens.

After winning the 200 yesterday, Eli Wall also put up a personal best to clock 1:01.72 to take 2nd. James Dergousoff takes bronze in 1:02.26 over Kaelan Freund (1:02.50) and Ryan Telford (1:02.55).

WOMEN’S 400 IM FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 4:32.52, Emily Overholt, 2015
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:43.06
  1. Sydney Pickrem, ISC, 4:35.43
  2. Mary-Sophie Harvey, NN, 4:36.60
  3. Sarah Darcel, ISC, 4:39.29

This one was a wild ride, as Island Swimming’s Sarah Darcel got out to an early lead and held that through 200m, until teammate Sydney Pickrem overtook her with a quick 1:16.2 breaststroke leg. Seemingly out of it from the start, Mary-Sophie Harvey stormed home with an incredible 1:01.6 last 100 to pass Darcel and almost Pickrem.

Pickrem touched 1st in 4:35.43, a lifetime best and the 3rd fastest time in the world this year. Harvey came in at 4:36.60, also a lifetime best time and the 5th best in the world. Despite being passed down the stretch, Darcel did nip her previous best as well to get 4th, and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was also under the ‘A’ standard for 4th in 4:41.47.

Harvey adds the 400 IM to her World Championship which also includes the 200 freestyle, while Pickrem earns a berth to the team after being DQed in the 200 breast heats yesterday.

MEN’S 400 IM FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 4:11.41, Brian Johns, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:17.90
  1. Tristan Cote, ESWIM, 4:17.40
  2. Luke Reilly, UBCDS, 4:18.14
  3. Rob Hill, CHENA, 4:20.47

Tristan Cote continued the momentum on the men’s side tonight, delivering a two second best time to qualify for Budapest in a time of 4:17.40. Cote was at the front of the race the whole time, holding off a hard charging Luke Reilly coming into the finish. Reilly erased a big deficit with a 57.65 freestyle leg, ultimately missing the standard by just over two tenths in 4:18.14.

After just one male qualifying for the team last night, they have gone 3-for-3 tonight with Kisil, Funk and Cote all qualifying.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK FINAL

  1. Kylie Masse, WEST, 27.71
  2. Ingrid Wilm, UBCDS, 28.40
  3. Jade Hannah, ISC, 28.60

Kylie Masse won her second title of the meet in a time of 27.71, just missing her national record of 27.67 set last year prior to the Olympics. Despite narrowly missing the record, she does move past Australia’s Emily Seebohm for the #1 spot in the world by one one-hundredth.

In a tight battle for 2nd the next five finishers all broke 29 seconds, led by UBC’s Ingrid Wilm in 28.40. Jade Hannah, just fifteen years-old, continues to swim incredibly well here taking 3rd in 28.60.

Emma Ball (28.70), Danielle Hanus (28.78) and Madison Broad (28.83) were the others under 29 taking 4th, 5th and 6th. German Johanna Roas was also in the 28s at 28.60 in the B-final.

MEN’S 50 BACK FINAL

  • Canadian Record: 25.13, Russell Wood, 2015
  1. Tim Zeng, CHENA, 25.47
  2. Javier Acevedo, AAC, 25.65
  3. Anders Klein, EKSC, 26.21

Tim Zeng of the Chena Swim Club followed up this mornings PB with another tonight to upset Javier Acevedo to win the 50 back in a time of 25.47. Acevedo came in at 25.65 for 2nd, and Edmonton Keyano’s Anders Klein won a close race for 3rd over Noah Choboter (26.26) in a time of 26.21.

 

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nuotofan
5 years ago

Simple question.
If Taylor Ruck isn’t sick and her performances in 100 and 200 free have been more disappointing than last year, when she was sick, only 15 year-old, nervous for her first OT.., how to explain them?

Marley09
Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Because they’re human beings.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Marley09
5 years ago

Plus she had a good set of braces on which means she is still growing . There ought be some protections for growing kids & a right to sleep & rest .

Bigly
Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

See Missy Franklin.

Ben
Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Michael Phelps was actually slower in the 200m butterfly in 2002 than he was in 2001 (the years he turned 17 and 16 respectively). Hopefully this is something like that, for whatever reason.

Prickle
Reply to  Ben
5 years ago

The difference between SCM and LCM at 200 free is about 3-4sec for elite swimmers. In case of Taylor Ruck we have a difference of 9 sec between meets that stand apart by less than four months. It doesn’t look like growth issue mentioned by G.I.N.A or Franklin like steady decline or Phelps’ 16-17 yo performance fluctuation. If what is happening with Taylor Ruck more or less permanent but not a temporary sickness and you are looking for historical analogy of similar drop in short time period then Allison Schmitt will be the best case sample.

Dee
5 years ago

I know Oleksiak has had her injury setbacks, but I’d like to see her swim a few more 50 freestyles. We’re yet to really see what sort of raw speed she has and I’d imagine it could only benefit her 100. I’d like to see her bulk-out a little and ignore the 200 for a few years – Perhaps pick it up in 2019 as a trial for 2020. Ikee seems to be moving away from the 200 and I think it’ll pay dividends in the coming months, we’ll see something very special from her. Sjostrom & Manuel are currently the most rounded sprinters (50-200) out there, but Care might be challenging them for that soon. We saw a NAG… Read more »

teddy
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

I think she should stick with whatever she has been doing… Would make more sense to focus on the 50 if it was an important relay or later in her career.

Dan
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Sjostrom is giving up on the 200 for her Championship meets, will still do it unrested during the season and probably on relays if Sweden have enough other swimmers under 2min. She has never done the 400 free at a championship meet but her National record is still 4.06.0

Prickle
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

@DEE: many interesting points were made, but discussion of them should be probably moved to another thread and postponed for at least a month. By far only Sjostrom and Blume claimed the leadership an Ikee showed some aggressiveness.
Here we are about details of day 2 of Canadian trials.

Ben
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

She doesn’t have good enough starts to be competitive internationally in the 50 free yet. That’s the problem. On the other hand, at least in Rio and Windsor she was one of the best in the world in the 200 free. Considering the injury setback she might not be quite as good in the 200 free this summer (that is a possibility), but she should keep working on it to be ready for next year. After all, she has raced and done well in the 200m butterfly and the 200m im in the past (won gold in both at the Australian Age group championships in 2015 in the 14-year-old category).

The 50m butterfly might be possible this summer though, considering… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  Ben
5 years ago

I don’t anticipate competitiveness in the 50fr, but I’m not suggesting she swims it internationally. But, when was her last good crack at a 50? 2015?

Ben
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

The 4×50 free relay in the 2016 short course world championship.

Hswimmer
5 years ago

Happy for Pickrem!

Prickle
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

More than 2.5sec drop in personal best. It’s a big deal. Her freestyle leg was actually slow 1:04.15. That means that with high probability her race in Budapest will be faster. It’s indeed an interesting discovery of this trials.

Marley09
Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

Likely exhausted after conference, ncaa and this. 432 in Budapest. Silver.

Prickle
Reply to  Marley09
5 years ago

Ironically it looks like at home world championships Katinka Hosszu will be challenged more at all her races than it was in Rio. Given the intensity of competition and the fact that 400IM race is scheduled at the end of the meet I wouldn’t expect her to perform at this event at the highest level. That was the case in Kazan. The similar thing has happened in Rio at 200 back. So it is very possible that 4:30 – 4:32 will be the range where everything will be equally possible: from gold to bronze.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

Yes but Sydney is 4.35.4 & not in Katinka league .BTw why are there so many girls in Canada called Sydney? Its not as bad as Stanley like Obama’s mother but Syd? Why not Doug or Eric or Melvin .

Canadians are very strange ppl.

nuotofan
Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

Perhaps because they dream aussie weather..?

G.I.N.A
Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Maybe we will have a rash of babies called Banff. Its very popular .

Prickle
Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

who knows what league Katinka Hosszu is of now. She is suspiciously quite this season by far. Practically at everything besides 200 free. 4:35.46 at 400IM for instance. She either is preparing a huge surprise for us like five golds and some silvers ( 🙂 ). Or maybe something is going on quite an opposite.

Catherine
Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

I think Sydney Pickrem was born and raised in the US. So blame the US. And do you – G.I.N.A. – really want to criticize Canadians as strange people given your rep on swimswam? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing your posts, I like a good laugh now and then.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Catherine
5 years ago

I did say it was better than naming their girls Stanley . I should look & see if there are many Cuppe (s) in Canada .Surely someone has done it . Stanley Cuppe . There are a lot of Obama fans in Canada so Stanley Ann Cuppe . Or if they are Quebequios – Stanlie- Sophie Cuppe .

Catherine
Reply to  G.I.N.A
5 years ago

Montana Champagne is the best swimmer’s name that I’ve seen at this meet. I hope he’ll make the team, just for his name. But we may have to settle for CAN Richard Funk again.

Prickle
5 years ago

It’s getting crowded at the top ranks of women’s 100 free. 12 swimmers are under 54sec and 9 of them are within 0.3sec interval. And in a week some Americans may join this dense group as well.
It is hard to read what results of Canadian trials in sprint actually mean. Three of top four sprinters are quite experienced swimmers (25, 26 and 23 years old). They probably were at least rested for this meet. Will they improve their times in three months? Even if they do, then probably not significantly. That gives some idea where the Canadian 400 relay can be. Oleksiak looks at the same pace of preparation as a year ago, but if she is able… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

Not sure how I feel about the Ruck speculation. If, say, spots had gone unfilled and others hasn’t delivered – I think they could justify her selection. But – Both relay squads are full and both have alternates in other events. Similarly to Britain, Canadian Swimming could just pick their favourites and save us all anticipating trials. This discretionary system just stinks of opening up corrupt selections.

Catherine
Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

There’s no way they could justify her selection with her 8th place finishes. I could see it if she consistently placed 5th, but not this. Think of how demoralizing that would be to other swimmers who performed well at Trials. Swim Canada will have to apply their discretionary selection process carefully if they don’t want open revolt. So far, I think the system has worked well. The addition of Taylor Ruck last year was a good decision given that she was so close to qualifying.

Ben
Reply to  Catherine
5 years ago

Last year she was also sick during the trials, and there are procedures in place to let someone on the team for relay support if an illness prevented them from performing their best. Haven’t heard anything about Taylor Ruck being sick this year yet. It’s sad to see.

Dee
5 years ago

Impressive 1.03.17 for 15yo Mastromatteo in the 100br ‘B’ Final. Only slight negative observation is that he looks quite physically developed already, compared to say Martinenghi.

Bo swims
5 years ago

Oleksiak pulls it in at the end again.

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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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