2019 Canadian Swimming Trials: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap


The meet will act as a qualifier for all of the major international meets this summer, including the World Championships in Gwangju. In order to assure a spot on that team, a swimmer must place in the top-2 in an Olympic event and be under the FINA ‘A’ standard, or place top-4 in the 100 and 200 freestyle and be under the ‘B’ standard.

You can find full World Championship qualifying info here.

To check out the qualifying procedures for the other international meets this year, click here.

You can read about some of the notable entries for the meet here, and some of the key storylines to watch here.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event recaps of all of this morning’s events.

Women’s 100 Back Para – Prelims

In the women’s multi-class 100 back, Shelby Newkirk broke her own world record in the S7 class, going 1:19.99.  Her old record was a 1:20.13 from last summer.

The fastest overall qualifier was Angela Marina, who went 1:15.83 in the S14 class.

Men’s 100 Back Para – Prelims

For the men, Nicolas-Guy Turbide had the fastest time and the top para points: the S13 swimmer went 1:00.77. That’s about a second off his 59.9 seed time.

Ryson Macdonald is second at 1:05.03, worth about 757 para points.

Women’s 100 Back – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 1:00.59

Top qualifiers:

  1. Masse – 58.19
  2. Sanchez – 59.82
  3. Hannah – 59.92
  4. Ruck – 1:00.09
  5. Broad – 1:00.56
  6. Hanus – 1:00.65
  7. *Hansson – 1:00.69
  8. Goss – 1:01.45
  9. Henderson – 1:01.60
  10. Steins – 1:01.82

Kylie Masse rattled her own personal best and even the world record, going 58.19 out of prelims in a loaded 100 back field. Masse’s best time of 58.10 was the world record up until last summer. She’ll have a chance to chase Kathleen Baker’s 58.00 world record tonight. Masse’s swim is the 7th-best performance of all-time and gives her five of the top ten swims of all-time in this event.

It’s going to be a battle to make the World Championships team tonight, with five women under the FINA A cut. 17-year-old Kayla Sanchez was the second finisher this morning, going 59.82 for her first swim ever under a minute. Fellow 17-year-old Jade Hannah also broke a minute, going 59.92.

Meanwhile Taylor Ruckfresh off her freshman year at Stanford, took fourth in 1:00.09. Ruck has been as fast as 58.9 at last year’s Commonwealth Games, and Hannah was 59.6 last summer, so the battle for the #2 spot should really heat up tonight.

Also under the A cut was Madison Broad at 1:00.56.

Louise Hansson of Sweden was 7th, but international athletes aren’t allowed into A finals, so she’ll lead the B heat tonight.

Men’s 100 Back – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 54.06

Top qualifiers:

  1. Thormeyer – 53.83
  2. *Carter – 54.60
  3. Pratt – 55.42
  4. *Quah – 55.45
  5. Hill – 55.91
  6. Wall – 55.99
  7. Klein – 56.12
  8. Somerset – 56.16
  9. St-Martin – 56.23
  10. Zeng – 56.47

Markus Thormeyer of the UBC Dolphins qualified as the top seed, going 53.83. That’s about a tenth off his incoming seed time. Thormeyer is also on the cusp of breaking a Canadian record that has stood since the era of the super-suits: a 53.63 from Pascal Wollach in 2009.

Dylan Carter was the second qualifier at 54.60, but he competes for Trinidad & Tobago and won’t be in the final tonight. 3rd finisher Cole Pratt will have his work cut out for him to reach the 54.0 A cut, but he was 55.42 this morning, a drop of half a second from seed. The 17-year-old Pratt is now just two tenths from Canada’s 15-17 age group record, set at 55.24 by Javier Acevedo back in 2015.

Acevedo was the 2-seed coming in, but didn’t contest the event this morning. Fourth went to Zheng Quaha Singaporean national who just finished up a collegiate season with California. He also won’t be eligible for the A final, leaving Robert Hill in the third spot.

Women’s 200 Breast – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 2:25.91

Top qualifiers:

  1. Pickrem – 2:26.06
  2. Smith – 2:26.16
  3. Wog – 2:26.68
  4. Stever – 2:27.95
  5. Wiseman – 2:28.66
  6. Kucheran – 2:28.86
  7. Harvey – 2:29.47
  8. Herbert – 2:29.72
  9. Cieplucha – 2:30.38
  10. Seltenreich-Hodgson – 2:31.17

Sydney Pickrem was just off the A cut this morning, going 2:26.06. She should be well under it tonight, with a lifetime-best of 2:24.4 and having just gone 2:03 in yards less than two weeks ago.

Top-seeded Kierra Smith is into the A final in 2:26.16, also a tick off the cut in the morning. Smith has been 2:23.6, and the fourth-placer at last year’s Commonwealth Games should be able to crack the cut tonight with a good swim.

Kelsey Wog should make things interesting tonight. The 20-year-old was 2:23.8 at Canadian Trials last year, and went 2:26.68 this morning. The top three, all within about six tenths of a second in prelims, are fighting for two spots on the World Championships team.

Miranda Stever weas 2:27.9 for fourth, with Youth Olympic Games team member Avery Wiseman going 2:28.66 for fifth. Wiseman, born in 2002, could challenge Mary-Sophie Harvey‘s 15-17 age group record tonight, but it’d take a big drop to push the 2:25.37 mark.

Men’s 200 Breast – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 2:11.00

Top qualifiers:

  1. Dergousoff – 2:12.57
  2. Wall – 2:13.42
  3. Isings – 2:16.05
  4. LeFranc / Blackmon – 2:16.16
  5. Naisby – 2:16.40
  6. Cote – 2:17.38
  7. Mastromatteo – 2:17.82
  8. Knox – 2:19.09
  9. Young – 2:19.69

23-year-old James Dergousoff had a big morning swim, going 2:12.57 for the top spot by almost a second. He was seeded way back at a 2:17, but had a lifetime-best of 2:13.11 from 2015.

Eli Wallthe top incoming seed, was 2:13.42 this morning. He’s been as fast as 2:11.47 at last year’s Commonwealth Games, and is the most likely to get under the A cut and qualify for Worlds tonight.

Connor Isings was 2:16.05; he’s been 2:15.6 before. Behind him, Jaren LeFranc and Benjamin Blackmon tied at 2:16.16 – a drop of about a second and a half from seed for Blackmon and an add of about three tenths for LeFranc.

Further back in the field, keep an eye on 2002-born Gabe Mastromatteo, who could challenge the 15-17 age record of 2:14.87 tonight. He was just 2:17 this morning, but has been as fast as 2:15.5.

Women’s 50 Fly – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 26.34

Top qualifiers:

  1. Oleksiak – 26.08
  2. *Hansson – 26.31
  3. Black – 26.77
  4. Watson – 26.93
  5. Fazekas / Hannah – 26.98
  6. MacNeil – 26.99
  7. Leibel – 27.13
  8. *Tam – 27.23
  9. Hanus / *Nogaj – 27.37

Penny Oleksiak went 26.08 to qualify for Worlds this morning, about four tenths off her own national record. The 18-year-old Oleksiak currently ranks 4th in the world this season with a 26.00 from January.

Sweden’s Louise Hansson was second in 26.31, and will lead the B final tonight.

Haley Black cut about a second from seed and will need about four tenths more tonight to make the Worlds cut time. She’s the fourth qualifier, ahead of Sarah Watson (26.93), Sadie Fazekas (26.98) and Jade Hannah (also 26.98). Maggie MacNeil also got under 27 with a 26.99, and any of that crew has an outside shot at the World time tonight.

Men’s 50 Fly – Prelims

  • FINA A cut: 23.66

Top qualifiers:

  1. Pisani – 23.85
  2. *Martinez – 23.96
  3. *Miljenic – 24.09
  4. Binnema – 24.54
  5. *Carter – 24.69
  6. Liendo – 24.70
  7. Perrault / *Robrock – 24.72
  8.  —
  9. Cruz – 24.75
  10. Ayoubi – 24.83

Will Pisani had a big swim, cutting four tenths from seed and two from his lifetime-best to go 23.85 for the top spot. He’s only two tenths off the A cut and a Worlds berth.

The next two finishers will slide to the B final: Guatemala’s Luis Martinez (23.96) and Croatia’s Nikola Miljenic (24.09). Josh Binnema will be the second Canadian qualifier at 24.54.

Only two international athletes are allowed into the B final, so Dylan Carter will be the first alternate to the B final after going 24.69.

Canadian teen Joshua Liendo is the third Canadian at 24.70.

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2 years ago

Masse starting strong with a 58,19.. she wants her WR back..

Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

If she feels like a world record then why not to wait for a few more months when this record is more visible is, better paid and is the WC recorx as well. Or she isn’t sure about her form in July and isn’t sure if she will be better her opponents.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Orrrrr just break the record now, and re-break it this summer 🙂

Reply to  swammingisfun
2 years ago

Got it 😀
But the elite swimmers should indeed take some advice from Sergei Bubka. And if it is hard to dose the improvement of pb times in swimming then take at least the lesson from Sarah Sjostrom or Katie Ledecky. They did make some childish things like setting world records in front of ‘huge’ crowd of less than 100 spectators or even at high school level meet. But not anymore since then. For instance, Sjostrom could set world records in freestyle sprint at any point of 2017 season, but preferred to save big splash for a specific point to make her victories even more impressive.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Totally different context: Bubka could ‘see’ the bar or target he had to clear and if he missed he could make an adjustment 2 more times that competition. If he jumped ‘too high’ his body height was not measured, the bar height was, so arguably he had jumps in his career where everything was perfect and he cleared much higher then the bar height. Masse cannot ‘see’ the world rec line or see 57.9… If she aims for 57.9 and misses going 58.05, she doesn’t get 2 more reswims that session, nor can her body handle that necessarily. She goes for it and where the clock stops is where it is…hopefully something rediculassly awesome like 57.6! I don’t think Ledecky… Read more »

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Why risk waiting a few months, when Masse can write history today, as the first woman to break the 58 s barrier?
There are no guarantees that Baker, or Regan Smith, won’t swim a sub-58 in the near future.

Reply to  Stefan
2 years ago

😀 maybe it’s happened involuntarily like with Ledecky’s world record of 15:27 in prelim race.

2 years ago

Womens 100bk prelims is speeeeeeedy.

Swedes Don't Hurt
2 years ago

Both backstroke records on watch tonight.

Canadian Swimmer
2 years ago

Masse throwing down the gauntlet early in the 100 Back. Nice little battle there between Hannah and Sanchez, and both qualifying under a minute. Is it too early to worry about Ruck? She’s swum in that pool a million times, so I was surprised to see her rubbing up against the lane rope. Nice to see Goss returning to the A final. HPC-O youngster Hanna Henderson into tonight’s premiere final as well.

2 years ago

Where’s Acevedo in the men’s back?

2 years ago

We’ve been overdue for a sub58 100back since Seebohm swam a “shut-down” 58.23 in the 2012 Olympic prelims. Her coaches have talked about a 57.7 swim in the years following, so I expected to see the record get down to that level this Olympic cycle.

Reply to  John26
2 years ago

Her lost to Franklin in final was shocking. She couldn’t hold after race interview without breaking into tears. It took her three years after that to retake the crown of the Backstroke Queen but the moment of under 58sec was gone already.

2 years ago

Why did the “2nd Seed” in the Men’s 100 back not Swim?

Canadian Swimmer
2 years ago

Pickrem in there for the 200 Breast not showing any drag after swimming NCAA’s recently. Qualifying first for the A final ahead of Smith sets her up nicely for the rest of the week.

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