2018 Canadian Pan Pac Trials: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


The fourth day of finals from the 2018 Canadian Pan Pac Trials will feature just the 200 back, 50 free, and women’s 1500, with all five of the top seeds already qualified for the Pan Pac roster.

Among those in the running to add their name to the team tonight include Kennedy Goss, who was over two seconds under the FINA ‘A’ cut last year in the 200 back, Alex Loginov, who was 22.24 last year in the 50 free (‘A’ standard is 22.47), and a number of girls in the women’s 50 free. Kyla Leibel, the top seed, has already made the team, but Sarah FournierSarah WatsonSadie Fazekas and Charis Huddle are all in the mix to win.

Kylie MasseMarkus ThormeyerYuri Kisil and Mackenzie Padington are the four other top seeds. Also of note, #2 seed Javier Acevedo has scratched the men’s 200 back final.

Women’s 200 Back Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:11.53
  1. Kylie Masse, WEST, 2:08.94
  2. Kennedy Goss, GGST, 2:10.14
  3. Aela Janvier, PCSC, 2:11.82

Kylie Masse easily won her second event of the competition in the women’s 200 back, getting out to a big lead on the opening 50 in 29.90 before keeping the field at bay the rest of the way for a time of 2:08.94. She leads the world rankings at 2:05.98 this year.

Kennedy Goss of the Granite Gators (currently training in Indiana) actually out-split Masse over the final 150 metres, touching in a new season-best of 2:10.14 to get well under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:11.53. That will nominate her for the Pan Pac team.

Aela Janvier from Pointe-Claire put up a big best time to take 3rd in 2:11.82, with Mackenzie Glover (2:12.78) and Madison Broad (2:12.90) also producing solid swims for 4th and 5th.

Men’s 200 Back Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:58.55
  1. Markus Thormeyer, UBCSC, 1:59.13
  2. Sebastian Somerset, CASC, 2:01.86
  3. Josh Zakala, ISC, 2:01.87

UBC’s Markus Thormeyer won his third event of the meet tonight in the 200 back, really taking it out aggressively with a first 100 split of 57.48, putting him under Canadian Record pace. He stayed under his own PB pace through the 150, but faded a bit coming home to finish in 1:59.13. The 20-year-old did say in his post-race interview that his plan was to “send it” the first 100, and has his eyes on the Canadian Record from 2009 of 1:57.34 for Pan Pacs. At the Commonwealth Games, he established his current best time of 1:57.82.

Sebastian Somerset of Cascade moved up a few spots with the fastest final 50 in the field at 30.71, touching in 2:01.86 to get by Island’s Josh Zakala (2:01.87) and his teammate Cole Pratt (2:01.96). This was the first time that both Zakala and Pratt had broken 2:02, while Somerset won the Canadian National title in April in a time of 2:00.12.

Women’s 50 Free Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 25.18
  1. Sarah Fournier, CNQ, 25.82
  2. Ariane Mainville, CAMO, 25.89
  3. Kyla Leibel, RDCSC, 25.91

After narrowly missing a spot on the team in the 100 free, placing 5th by .06, CNQ’s Sarah Fournier pulled out the win with a 25.82 performance in the 50 free. She’s been as fast as 25.33, done last year, and has a 2018 season-best of 25.80.

CAMO’s Ariane Mainville dropped nearly half a second from prelims to get herself into contention, but ends up just missing a spot on the team by seven one-hundredths. Kyla Leibel, who made the team in the 100, took 3rd in 25.91.

Men’s 50 Free Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 22.47
  1. Yuri Kisil, UBCSC, 22.06
  2. Alex Loginov, TSC, 22.49
  3. Will Pisani, UNCAN, 22.51

After hitting a 22.10 this morning, Yuri Kisil dropped a few more one-hundredths in the men’s 50 free down to 22.06, missing his personal best time from the Commonwealth Games by just .03. He looks like a good bet to crack the 22-second barrier at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Alex Loginov of the Toronto Swim Club had his fastest swim of the season for 2nd in 22.49, just missing that ‘A’ cut by .02. Will Pisani hit a personal best for 3rd in 22.51, as did Spencer Bougie of Pointe-Claire who was 4th in 22.70.

Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 16:32.04
  1. Mackenzie Padington, CRKW, 16:25.38
  2. Kate Sanderson, UNCAN, 16:30.83
  3. Emma O’Croinin, EKSC, 16:40.59

Mackenzie Padington and Kate Sanderson broke free from Emma O’Croinin and Olivia Anderson around halfway through the women’s 1500 final, and went stroke-for-stroke until the 1400 wall. After that, Padington took off, splitting 59.81 over the final 100 metres to win in a new best time of 16:25.38. That’s her third win of the competition, also coming out on top in the 400 and 800. She’s now the 4th fastest Canadian in history.

Sanderson, who trains in Colorado, didn’t have the speed to match Padington at the end, but did still record a new personal best in 16:30.83, getting her under the FINA ‘A’ standard. That will potentially get her a spot on the Pan Pac team.

The 15-year-old O’Croinin dropped nine seconds from her best time to take 3rd in 16:40.59, with Etobicoke’s Olivia Anderson 4th in 16:43.74.

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4 years ago

Taylor Ruck?

4 years ago

Ruck, Smith, and Sanchez only swam the 200 free, all qualified for the team, scratched everything else

4 years ago

This format for Canadian trials has been pretty underwhelming overall. Having swimmers scratch out after qualifying for the team… essentially having one event on the last day… seems like fairly crummy planning on the part of Swim Canada, and it has made for a pretty sleepy nationals.

Reply to  Zswam
4 years ago

The opposite problem that the states has with selecting for 2018 and 2019 in 1 trials. The commonwealth trial should have just applied to Pan Pacs

Reply to  Teddy
4 years ago

Not really. The selection for commonwealth games was last year. If they’d selected off that, there would be no chance for young swimmers to come through.

I agree that the selection criteria are odd but are they really different for other countries? If you make one event, can’t you select other events as well? I’m pretty sure that open water swimmers can swim the 1500, without actually swimming that event at their selection meet. I think that’s what the Australians are doing; their first place swimmer in the 1500 did not make their qualification standard but I’d bet the Australians will still field at least 1 swimmer in that event.

4 years ago

I’m glad Canada still have some good sprinters coming through after losing condorelli to Italy .. I hope Kisil makes a mark for himself in sprint swimming along with Thormeyer in backstroke

Reply to  Verram
4 years ago

Thormeyer has really stepped his game up this year.

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Yeah and he could do well in 200m free as well.. not sure he can medal in backstroke at pan pacs but definitely top 5 contender if he makes another drop in times ..

4 years ago

What happened to Javier in 2 back?

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4 years ago


Carol Glover
4 years ago

Nice swim Kennedy!

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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