2018 Canadian Pan Pac Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The 2nd day of finals at the 2018 Canadian Pan Pac Trials is set to get underway from Edmonton, with the 100 free, 200 fly, 100 back and men’s 1500 on the docket.

The biggest name in action tonight will be world record holder Kylie Masse, who swims her signature 100 back event and will look to add her name to the Pan Pac roster. After day 1, there were 13 qualifiers.

One interesting fact from the day was Taylor RuckKayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith all scratching the 100 freestyle after qualifying for the team last night in the 200. While they will be allowed to swim the individual 100 and/or the 400 free relay at Pan Pacs, the qualifying criteria states that the top-4 in both the 100 and 200 at Trials will qualify for Tokyo. But there’s a good chance Ruck, Sanchez and Smith will all be used on the 400 free relay at Pan Pacs, at least two of the three, and thus a few of the swimmers who qualify for the team tonight in the relay won’t actually be used in the event they qualified for.

Penny Oleksiak, who is also already on the team, will swim that 100 final, along with Alexia Zevnik, who swam the relay at the Commonwealth Games with Ruck, Oleksiak and Sanchez.

Along with Masse, Yuri KisilMack Darragh and Mabel Zavaros are all likely to add their names to the roster tonight. Javier Acevedo made the team last night in the 4×200 relay, and has scratched the 100 free final tonight to focus on the 100 back.

Women’s 100 Free Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 54.90
  1. Penny Oleksiak, TSC, 54.75
  2. Alexia Zevnik, PCSC, 55.07
  3. Kyla Leibel, RDCSC, 55.65
  4. Maggie MacNeil, LAC, 56.05

Penny Oleksiak and Alexia Zevnik clearly were the top two swimmers in the field tonight, with the reigning Olympic champ slightly faster on both 50s to take the win in 54.75. Zevnik touched 2nd in 55.07. The two of them are the 2nd and 3rd fastest Canadians this year behind Taylor Ruck, with season-bests of 53.85 and 53.95 respectively from the Commonwealth Games.

16-year-old Kyla Leibel (55.65) and 18-year-old Maggie MacNeil (56.05) took 3rd and 4th in personal best times to qualify for the Pan Pac team in the relay. However, it’s likely neither will actually swim the relay in Tokyo, but they will get some experience at the meet nonetheless.

Men’s 100 Free Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 48.93
  1. Yuri Kisil, UBCSC, 49.14
  2. Markus Thormeyer, UBCSC, 49.16
  3. Ruslan Gaziev, MAC, 49.56
  4. Owen Daly, CAMO, 49.67

UBC teammates Yuri Kisil and Markus Thormeyer duelled it out in the men’s 100 freestyle final, with Kisil clipping Thormeyer at the wall for the win in 49.14. Thormeyer qualified for the team last night, but Kisil adds his name to the Pan Pac roster for the second time, also competing four years ago in Australia.

Thormeyer was 49.16 in 2nd, just off his PB of 49.13, and Markham’s Ruslan Gaziev (49.56) and CAMO’s Owen Daly (49.67) swam personal bests themselves to take 3rd and 4th and qualify for the Pan Pacs as well.

Women’s 200 Fly Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:09.77
  1. Mabel Zavaros, OAK, 2:13.36
  2. Sophie Marois, NN, 2:14.95
  3. Hannah Genich, TSC, 2:15.85

Mabel Zavaros of the Oakville Aquatic Club ran away with the women’s 200 fly final tonight, out aggressively in 1:02.02 before holding off the field coming home to touch in 2:13.36. This race was essentially hers to lose tonight, as with Oleksiak and Danielle Hanus scratching, she was five seconds faster this year than anyone else in the field. Her best time came at the Commonwealth Games in April where she went 2:08.77. She is the 20th swimmer to qualify for the Pan Pac team.

Sophie Marois of Neptune Natation closed well to take 2nd in 2:14.95, and Hannah Genich of the Toronto Swim Club 3rd in 2:15.85.

Men’s 200 Fly Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:57.28
  1. Mack Darragh, OAK, 1:58.10
  2. Montana Champagne, GO, 2:00.52
  3. Cole Pratt, CASC, 2:01.62

Mack Darragh went wire-to-wire to win the men’s 200 fly in 1:58.10, just over a second off his season-best of 1:56.96 and his Canadian record from last year of 1:56.87. In his post-race interview, he mentioned he hadn’t fully tapered with his main goal being the Pan Pacific Championships.

Top seed from prelims Montana Champagne did what he could to stay right on Darragh early in the race, eventually touching over two seconds back in 2:00.52 for 2nd. 15-year-old Cole Pratt of the Cascade Swim Club took a second off his PB this morning down to 2:02.68, and dropped another second tonight for 3rd in 2:01.62.

Women’s 100 Back Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:00.61
  1. Kylie Masse, WEST, 59.05
  2. Danielle Hanus, ISC, 1:00.62
  3. Madison Broad, CYPS, 1:00.63

Kylie Masse was right on her world record pace at the 50 wall of the women’s 100 back, flipping in 28.52, and came back in 30.53 for a very solid time of 59.05. She wins easily, and qualifies for her first ever Pan Pac team.

Both Danielle Hanus and Madison Broad were painstakingly close to the FINA ‘A’ standard of 1:00.61, touching 2nd and 3rd in 1:00.62 and 1:00.63 respectively. For Broad that is a new personal best.

Also of note was Jade Hannah, who was 59.62 last summer at the World Juniors, back in 5th in 1:01.60.

Men’s 100 Back Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 54.06
  1. Markus Thormeyer, UBCSC, 54.30
  2. Javier Acevedo, AAC, 54.44
  3. Robert Hill, UCSC, 55.85

In his second event of the night, Thormeyer got out to a half second lead at the 50 in the men’s 100 back, but Javier Acevedo charged home in 27.61 and made it a close race over the final few metres. Thormeyer got him at the touch in 54.30, with Acevedo registering a season-best for silver in 54.44. Both are already on the Pan Pac team.

Robert Hill from the University of Calgary and Josiah Binnema from UBC were locked in a tight battle for 3rd, but it was Hill who had the better back half to take that spot in 55.85 to Binnema’s 56.04.

Men’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 15:12.79
  1. Peter Brothers, UCSC, 15:38.56
  2. Michael McGillivray, ROD, 15:44.31
  3. Raben Dommann, CHENA, 15:49.34

Peter Brothers of the University of Calgary Swim Club was dominant in winning the men’s mile in a time of 15:38.56, adding his name to the Pan Pac roster. His best time stands at 15:20.45 from 2016, while his season-best is 15:28.25 from a few months ago at the Canadian Championships in April.

15-year-old Michael McGillivray of the Regina Optimist Dolphins came in with a best time of 16:02.16, but knocked nearly 20 seconds off for 2nd place in 15:44.31, pushing Brothers down the stretch. Raben Dommann of the CHENA Swim Club was 3rd in 15:49.34.

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5 years ago

Ledecky would be the Canadian men’s national champion by 30 meters.

5 years ago

Hopefully Acevedo is unshaven. In the last two years, Thormeyer has really improved and Acevedo has stagnated. Maybe Javier is just waiting for Pan Pacs?!?

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

He has a goatee on his face and most likely didn’t shave either. He also just did a best time in the 200 free by a second and a half and a best time for his 100 free in prelims, he also went a best time (which is still the fastest textile time for a canadian) in the 100 back literally last year, not to mention breaking 2:00 for the first time in the 200 back at the santa clara PSS so where exactly is the stagnation if he has improved in all his major events within the last year/month/couple of days?

5 years ago

anyone know why Alexia Zevnik did a 1:11 this morning in the 100 back?

5 years ago

Masse 59.05
Hanus 1:00.62 (0.01 off the standard)
Broad 1:00.63 (0.02 off the standard)

5 years ago

Something tells me they didn’t just pull this qualifying system out of their ass, the organizers knew this would happen. Get the big names qualified early so they can get back into training, some potential newcomers getting experience. Not saying I agree with it, but that’s how it seems to me

Reply to  juddy96
5 years ago

They will end up taking only one per event except relays because people like Ruck won’t be doubling or tripling up. In the USA we will be taking 3 per event.

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

Ruck will probably swim the 50 100 200 free and 100 200 back events

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

well that’s because very few are hitting the A standard

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

Does Faith Knelson have the opportunity to race at Junior Pan Pacs if she doesn’t make it

Reply to  swimlover
5 years ago

Does her Commonwelath opportunity make her ineligible

Bo Swims
Reply to  swimlover
5 years ago

Jr team was picked off Nationals held in April

Reply to  Bo Swims
5 years ago

Trials is a “secondary” opportunity for section of the jr team as well

5 years ago

can ruck sanchez and smith not be on the relay now? ahahaah they should have done what the US did and hw you need to race the 100 and 200 free to be on the relay. Because there arent relay prelims!!

Reply to  swimlover
5 years ago

They will be on the relay!

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

So the other girls, Leibel and Macneil won’t be on the relay i presume.

Reply to  swimlover
5 years ago

Really.. they’ll be on it they have already qualified they didn’t need to swim this event.

Reply to  swimlover
5 years ago

Not only can they still swim the relay, they can still compete individually. Once you’re on the team, you can compete in as many events as you want.

5 years ago

Oleksiak 54.75
Zevnik 55.07
Leibel 55.65 PB
MacNeil 56.05 PB

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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