2017 CANADIAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS
- April 6-9
- Victoria, BC
- Saanich Commonwealth Place
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Canadian swimmers will have their last chance to earn a spot on this summer’s World Championship team tonight at the eighth and final session of the 2017 Trials.
Starting us off tonight will be the women’s 800 free, where top seed Olivia Anderson has a great chance to add her name to the World’s roster coming in with a best time nearly six seconds under the qualifying standard at 8:32.84. Mackenzie Padington, who won the 400 free yesterday and qualified for the team, will take lane 6 in the heat.
After the early heats, Marit Anderson holds the top time among Canadians at 8:55.98, while Molly Gowans (GBR) was fastest overall at 8:51.59.
In the women’s 200 fly Katerine Savard appears to be the lone woman with a chance at getting down to the standard of 2:09.77. She was only 2:14.06 this morning, but has been on fire here and holds a personal best of 2:07.6.
In the men’s race, Mack Darragh, Osvald Nitski and Nicolaas Dekker have set themselves up for a tight battle after all clocking 2:00 this morning. The standard of 1:57.28 will be tough to attain, though both Darragh and Dekker were both 1:58 at the Olympic Trials last year.
The women’s 50 free looks to come down to High Performance Centre Ontario teammates Michelle Toro, Chantal van Landeghem and Sandrine Mainville, who are the top three seeds. Toro leads the way after cracking 25 this morning, and her and van Landeghem will look to qualify for an individual swim after making it in the 400 free relay on day 2. The qualifying standard is 25.18.
The men’s 50 shapes up to be Alex Loginov versus Yuri Kisil, the only two men who broke 23 seconds this morning. Loginov was fastest at 22.55, but Kisil has a faster best at 22.23. Both will need to be on to attain the 22.47 qualifying standard.
The women’s 200 IM will be a fantastic race, with many in the mix for a spot in the top two. Sydney Pickrem and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson were both 2:12 this morning, but Kylie Masse has been on fire all meet and Sarah Darcel has looked dangerous. This will be the last chance for both Darcel and Seltenreich-Hodgson to qualify for Budapest.
Mack Darragh will have a tough double as he’ll take lane 4 in the 200 IM final about 40 minutes after his 200 fly. He’s the top seed at 2:02.12, but should get a challenge from backstroke specialists Rob Hill and Javier Acevedo who will surround him in lanes 3 and 5. 400 IM runner-up Luke Reilly winds up in lane 1 after a satisfactory morning swim, but could provide some outside smoke and push for a spot on the team.
The men’s 1500 will wrap up the meet, with Calgary’s Peter Brothers the top seed at 15:20.45. 2nd seed Eric Hedlin should contend after going 14:42.99 (SCM) at the U Sport Championships in February, a race in which he beat Brothers head-to-head by over 28 seconds. Four years ago in this very pool Hedlin swam his fastest ever long course 1500 in 15:03.64, missing the World’s team by 1.2 seconds. The qualifying standard is 15:12.79.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE (TIMED FINAL)
- Canadian Record: 8:20.02, Brittany Maclean, 2014
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 8:38.56
After a massive swim in the 400 free last night, Mackenzie Padington did it again tonight in the 800, chopping some 20 seconds off her best time to win in a time of 8:31.68. That is the 10th fastest time in the world this year, and was nearly seven seconds under the qualifying standard.
Top seed coming in Olivia Anderson was a bit off her season best, but gutted it out over the final 50 to qualify for the team as well in 8:37.12.
Calgary’s Danica Ludlow takes bronze in 8:49.46, and Caitlin Hodge of Laval was 4th in 8:49.46. Marit Anderson‘s time from the early heats stands up as the 6th best time overall.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY FINAL
- Canadian Record: 2:05.95, Audrey Lacroix, 2009
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:09.77
Katerine Savard took the race over on the third 50, but tied up over the last length to fall short of the qualifying time but still come away with the win in 2:12.47.
Youngsters Victoria Kwan and Mabel Zavaros both gained on Savard on the last 50 and battled to the wall, with Kwan getting the touch by one one-hundredth in 2:13.58 of silver, with Zavaros in for bronze.
MEN’S 200 FLY FINAL
- Canadian Record: 1:56.90, Zack Chetrat, 2015
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:57.28
Oakville’s Mack Darragh took a run at the tough qualifying standard, ultimately falling just short by putting up a new best time of 1:57.94 to take the win. Nicolaas Dekker was the only other man under two minutes in 1:59.80 for silver.
University rivals Montana Champagne and Osvald Nitski were locked in a tight battle for bronze, with Champagne ultimately getting the touch by one one-hundredth, 2:00.45 to 2:00.46.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- Canadian Record: 24.39, Chantal van Landeghem, 2015
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 25.18
Michelle Toro matched her prelim swim to take gold in a time of 24.95 and earn an individual event in Budapest. Sandrine Mainville slipped under the ‘A’ standard as well in 25.11 to add this event to her schedule that already includes the 100 free.
A bit of a disappointment for national record holder Chantal van Landeghem, who was 5th at the World Championships two years and 10th in Rio, as she finished 3rd in 25.21 and misses the team. The 400 free relay will be her lone event in Budapest.
MEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- Canadian Record: 21.73, Brent Hayden, 2009
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 22.47
Alex Loginov became the first male to qualify for the team since day 2, clocking a new best time of 22.24 to crush the ‘A’ standard and qualify for his first World Championship team.
Yuri Kisil was much better than this morning, ultimately missing the qualifying standard by less than a tenth in 22.55. He’ll still be in Budapest competing in the 100 freestyle.
WOMEN’S 200 IM FINAL
- Canadian Record: 2:10.08, Sydney Pickrem, 2015
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:13.41
- Sydney Pickrem, ISC, 2:09.56 CAN Record
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, GO, 2:10.97
- Sarah Darcel, ISC, 2:12.51
Sydney Pickrem threw down a new Canadian Record and the #1 time in the world this year in 2:09.56, adding the event to her World’s schedule.
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson had a great swim as well, improving on her best time from 2014 in 2:10.97 to qualify for the team and put up the 9th best time in the world.
MEN’S 200 IM FINAL
- Canadian Record: 1:59.19, Keith Beavers, 2008
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:00.22
Darragh earned his second national title and second personal best of the night, putting up a time of 2:01.32 to win the 200 IM. Once again Darragh fell short of the qualifying standard, this time by a little over a second.
MEN’S 1500 FREE (TIMED FINAL)
- Canadian Record: 14:39.63, Ryan Cochrane, 2012
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 15:12.79
Eric Hedlin blew away the field tonight in a time of 15:08.35, his fastest time since he went 15:03 back in 2013. Hedlin also got under the World qualifying standard by over four seconds, but announced after the race he won’t compete in the event at the World Championships as he is already committed to racing the 10 KM Open Water event.