2017 Canadian World Trials: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


Four events take place on day 2 in Victoria, led by the highly anticipated 100 freestyle. For women, this has to be considered the most loaded event in the meet with eight swimmers seeded under the FINA ‘A’ qualifying standard. Only two will book their ticket to Budapest individually and likely two more for the relay. This will be the first opportunity for High Performance Centre Ontario athletes Penny OleksiakSandrine MainvilleChantal van Landeghem and Michelle Toro to qualify for Budapest. Taylor Ruck will also be in the hunt for a spot after missing out in the 200 free last night.

The Canadian men have lost half of their Olympic 400 free relay that placed 7th, and will need a few guys to step up if they are going to qualify the top-four for the relay. Yuri Kisil is seeded 1st by over a second at 48.28.

Rachel Nicol and Richard Funk will look to book their tickets in the 100 breast, while the women’s 400 IM could prove to be one of the best races of the meet. Despite the absence of Emily Overholt, the top four seeds are all capable of getting under the ‘A’ standard. Mary-Sophie Harvey already has her spot on the team locked up in the 200 free, while Sydney Pickrem will look to bounce back after a disappointing DQ in the 200 breast heats yesterday. Both Sarah Darcel and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson will also be in the mix.

The men’s 400 IM will feature Luke Reilly, who will look for a redemption swim after narrowly missing the ‘A’ standard and Olympic qualification last year in this event. He’ll have to keep an eye out for Montana Champagne of the GO Kingfish, who upset him for the U Sports title in February.

The final race of the day will be the 50 back, which isn’t a selection event but will be exciting nonetheless. After breaking the national record in the 100 back twice yesterday, Kylie Masse could do it again in the 50. Her record stands at 27.67. The world record from 2009 is 27.06.

In the men’s event, Javier Acevedo is the favorite after qualifying for the team in the 100 back last night.

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 52.70, Penny Oleksiak, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 54.90
  1. Penny Oleksiak, TSC, 54.17
  2. Chantal van Landeghem, TSC, 54.65*
  3. Kayla Sanchez, AAC, 54.65*
  4. Michelle Toro, NYAC, 54.80
  5. Rebecca Smith, SCAR, 54.97
  6. Sandrine Mainville, CAMO, 54.99
  7. Taylor Ruck, UN-CAN, 55.03
  8. Katerine Savard, CAMO, 55.18

An absolutely stacked field saw the top four women get under the ‘A’ standard this morning, led by reigning Olympic champ Penny Oleksiak in a time of 54.17. Chantal van Landeghem and Kayla Sanchez tied for the 2nd fastest time of the morning in 54.65, showing a big personal best for Sanchez who is coming off a big night last night qualifying in the 800 free relay. Oleksiak and Sanchez were the only two who came home sub-28.

400 free relay Olympic medalists Michelle ToroSandrine Mainville and Taylor Ruck also made their way into the final, as did Katerine Savard and Rebecca Smith who booked their tickets to Budapest last night.

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 47.27, Brent Hayden, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 48.93
  1. Yuri Kisil, UBCDS, 48.68
  2. Markus Thormeyer, UBCDS, 49.62
  3. Kyle Robrock, DU-CO, 50.34*
  4. Carson Olafson, UBCDS, 50.41
  5. Scott McGillivray, TSC, 50.49
  6. Antoine Bernard-Lalonde, CAMO, 50.51
  7. Javier Acevedo, AAC, 50.53
  8. Kyle Troskot, KSC, 50.55

Yuri Kisil was head and shoulders ahead of his heat the entire race, touching in the quickest time of the morning in 48.68. That swim gets him under the ‘A’ standard and a similar performance tonight will get him on the Worlds team.

His teammate Markus Thormeyer was the only other man under 50 seconds this morning in 49.62. After multiple 48-second relay splits over the last two years, he’ll take a crack at the 48.93 standard tonight as well. After earning a spot on the team in the 100 back last night Javier Acevedo slid into the final in 7th going 50.53.

American Kyle Robrock, who posted the 3rd fastest time of the morning, will be relegated to the B-final which moves last night’s 200 free runner-up Jeremy Bagshaw into the A-final.

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 1:05.74, Annamay Pierse, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:07.58
  1. Rachel Nicol, LASC, 1:07.34
  2. Kierra Smith, KWIC, 1:08.35
  3. Ashley McGregor, PCSC, 1:08.91
  4. Faith Knelson, ISC, 1:09.04
  5. Kelsey Wog, UMAN, 1:09.44
  6. Sophie Angus, UN-CAN, 1:10.67
  7. Samantha Yeo, SIN, 1:10.91*
  8. Jamie Yeung, UN-MI, 1:11.28

Olympic finalist Rachel Nicol powered her way to the top seed in the women’s 100 breast at 1:07.34, slipping under the qualifying standard by two tenths of a second. 200 breast winner and runner-up last night Kierra Smith and Ashley McGregor clocked 1:08.3 and 1:08.9 respectively for 2nd and 3rd. Along with Nicol, Smith should be capable of hitting the standard holding a best time of 1:06.93 from the Olympic Trials a year ago.

International swimmers Samantha Yeo and Jamie Yeung posted the 7th and 8th fastest times of the morning but are ineligible for the A-final, moving Genevieve Robertson and Renae Ledoux into the A-final. The same thing happened yesterday in the 200 breast for Robertson.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 59.85, Scott Dickens, 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:00.35
  1. Richard Funk, TSC, 1:00.39
  2. Eli Wall, TSC, 1:02.37
  3. James Dergousoff, CHENA, 1:02.63*
  4. Kaelan Freund, UN-VAR, 1:02.63*
  5. James Guest, PCSC, 1:02.94
  6. Ryan Telford, AAC, 1:03.04
  7. Jeremie Dery-Bergeron, UL, 1:03.32*
  8. Warren Mayer, PICK, 1:03.32*

Richard Funk turned in a great morning swim, just over a tenth off his personal best, in a time of 1:00.39. If he can manage to go at least four-one-hundredths faster tonight, he’ll earn a spot on the Worlds team. His best of 1:00.26 was set at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, where he earned a semi-final swim.

Last night’s 200 breast winner Eli Wall also turned in a solid swim in 1:02.37, followed by James Dergousoff and Kaelan Freund in a tie for 3rd at 1:02.63. Qualifying in a tie for 7th overall was Warren Mayer in 1:03.32, but he could challenge for the 2nd spot tonight holding a best of 1:02.02.

Women’s 400 IM Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 4:32.52, Emily Overholt, 2015
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:43.06
  1. Mary-Sophie Harvey, NN, 4:42.79
  2. Sarah Darcel, ISC, 4:44.42
  3. Sydney Pickrem, ISC, 4:44.42
  4. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, GO, 4:48.39
  5. Bailey Andison, PERTH, 4:48.65
  6. Victoria Kwan, MAC, 4:56.60
  7. Aela Janvier, PCSC, 4:56.97
  8. Rania Hamida Nefsi, ELITE, 4:57.76

In the first of two circle-seeded heats Sydney Pickrem and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson established themselves early in the race and were well ahead of the field at the 200m mark. Pickrem pulled away on the breaststroke leg to touch in a time of 4:44.42 followed by Seltenreich-Hodgson in 4:48.39.

In the final heat, Sarah Darcel held the lead throughout before being overtaken by Mary-Sophie Harvey on the freestyle leg. Harvey touched in a time of 4:42.79 for the top spot heading into finals. She also got under the ‘A’ qualifying standard for worlds (4:43.06). Darcel went 4:44.08 to nab the 2nd fastest overall time, and Bailey Andison also had a great swim in the last heat to take off a few seconds and qualify 5th in 4:48.65.

International swimmer Rania Hamida Nefsi was 8th fastest but will swim in the B-final, and Hillary Metcalfe (4:58.19) will move up to the A-final.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 4:11.41, Brian Johns, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:17.90
  1. Tristan Cote, ESWIM, 4:22.23
  2. Luke Reilly, UBCDS, 4:22.70
  3. Josh Zakala, ISC, 4:23.40
  4. Rob Hill, CHENA, 4:24.59
  5. Montana Champagne, GO, 4:25.09
  6. Etienne Paquin-Foisy, ELITE, 4:27.91
  7. Colin Eriks, UBCDS, 4:27.98
  8. Jeremy Tremblay, SAMAK, 4:28.38

Tristan Cote overtook his University of Calgary teammate Rob Hill on the breaststroke leg in the first of two circle-seeded heats, and coasted to the heat win in 4:22.23, which stands up as the fastest time of the morning. Hill touched in 4:24.59 which is 4th overall.

Luke Reilly out-touched Josh Zakala for the win in the last heat, giving them the #2 and #3 spots heading into finals. Montana Champagne was with them until the freestyle leg, and will be one to watch tonight.

Women’s 50 Back Prelims

  1. Kylie Masse, WEST, 27.83
  2. Ingrid Wilm, UBCDS, 28.56
  3. Johanna Roas, DU-CO, 28.63*
  4. Jade Hannah, ISC, 28.69
  5. Danielle Hanus, ISC, 28.75
  6. Madison Broad, CYPS, 28.94
  7. Dominique Bouchard, OAK, 29.03
  8. Daphne Danyluk, NN, 29.09

After two record-breaking swims yesterday in the 100 back, Kylie Masse followed it up with a swift 27.83 prelim swim in the 50 back, just sixteen one-hundredths off of her own Canadian Record.

Ingrid Wilm, who duelled with Masse in the backstroke events at the U Sport Championships, put up the #2 time of the morning in 28.56. 15-year-old Jade Hannah also had a very impressive showing clocking 28.69 for 4th overall and 3rd heading into finals.

German Johanna Roas of the University of Denver clocked 28.63, and will compete in the B-final tonight while Emma Ball moves into the A-final after going 29.13.

Men’s 50 Back Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 25.13, Russell Wood, 2015
  1. Tim Zeng, CHENA, 25.74
  2. Javier Acevedo, AAC, 25.76
  3. Kyle Robrock, DU-CO, 26.27*
  4. Christopher Courtis, UCSC, 26.42*
  5. Anders Klein, EKSC, 26.55
  6. Loic St-Martin, CAMO, 26.76
  7. Noah Choboter, ROD, 26.83
  8. Nicolaas Dekker, RAPID, 26.90

Tim Zeng of the Chena Swim Club posted the top time in 25.74, just ahead of Javier Acevedo who is fresh off qualifying for the team in the 100 back.

International swimmers Kyle Robrock and Christopher Courtis will make way for William Marois and Jeremy Gagne in the A-final


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7 years ago

Where is Emily Overholt??

Neil Jones
Reply to  Aquajosh
7 years ago

I believe she is still nursing lingering injuries that hampered her training last year, so it’s taking more time off this year. I’m curious where Santo and Noemi Thomas are and why they are not competing after both were at NCAAs last month.

7 years ago

Why isn’t Overholt there?

7 years ago

It doesn’t look as Taylor Ruck is going to be qualified for the 4×100 free relay neither. Something has happened to her during these four months since December

NYAC swimmer
Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

Seems like she never performs at trial like meets which is a shame since everyone knows what she can swim at major international meets

Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

Bad meets happen. She’s young and still gaining experience.

Her 53 low and 1:56 splits will be missed on the relay. Luckily the depth seems to be reasonable in these two events

Tea rex
7 years ago

Do morning swims count for meeting the fina A standard?

Also, it seems weird that the A standards are much closer to the WR for men than for women…

Reply to  Tea rex
7 years ago

as far as FINA is concerned the swimmer is good to go. As for Canada, no, except when they decide yes.

Dan Clark
7 years ago

Can someone explain the “isn’t a selection event” phrase that I’ve seen relating to the 50m races in multiple articles? All strokes have 50m races at the World Championships and FINA does have A and B standards in place to qualify, so how are these races not selection events? Is Canada choosing not to send swimmers for these 50m races because they are only competed at the Worlds and not the Olympics?

Reply to  Dan Clark
7 years ago

They are only using Olympic events for selection to the team, but often those qualified to the team in the 100 are given the option to compete in the 50 at worlds. For example, it is likely Masse and Caldwell will get the option to swim the 50 back at worlds based on the fact that they have qualified to swim the 100 back. The same usually applies to the non-Olympic distance races.

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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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