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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3 years ago

Will taper for NCAAs hurt the women who swam for US colleges?

Reply to  TAK
3 years ago

Yes, but TRuck will prevail … well, for second, as Noone is coming close to the Marvelous Ms Masse

3 years ago

Newkirk needs to leave period. She’s IM all the way. Gaffney will take her record anyway. Para swimming is a joke now a days thank god I stopped.

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

No you stopped because you started hating the sport it’s kinda obvious

3 years ago

Canadian ladies absolutely on-fire yet again. Ruck won’t get that 2nd spot as a gimme later today – Sanchez looked powerful in the water this morning. The men are improving, but still quite poor across the board.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

my predictions
1. masse 57.68 wr
2. ruck 59.34
3. hannah 59.68
4. sanchez 59.69

Reply to  mong
3 years ago

What would be Ruck’s splits and where will she gets this 0.73sec? This morning she was 29.05 – 31.04 and lost substantially to the Sanchez’s time (30.66) on the way home

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

She swam circles this morning until she got right against the lane lane and stayed there. Cruised the last 10ish meters from MY view,
I’d say 28.86-30.48 59.34
Sanchez seemed to be going for it much more than TRuck this morning. We will see tonight!

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Don’t think Sanchez has a drop in her for this evening. She looked like she was going as hard as she could this morning. Hannah, on the other hand, looked to have backed it off and was cruising through the last 25m. I can see Ruck getting down to 59-mid, and maybe Hannah, too, but I don’t see Sanchez going much better than she did in pre-lims. But I am open to surprises.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
3 years ago

Well, looks like Sanchez scratched the 100 Back tonight; and, since Hannah scratched the 50 Fly, it looks like she wants the 100 Back. Race is on for 2nd! I like Ruck but it’ll be close.

3 years ago

Where is Acevedo?

War Eagle
Reply to  BSD
3 years ago

Still at the Austin Bars

Reply to  War Eagle
3 years ago


Zebedee Wakely
3 years ago

What is the process for Canadians to Qualify for the World Championships in this meet? Is it top two get the spot??

Reply to  Zebedee Wakely
3 years ago

yes, but only if they are also under the FINA “A” standard.

Reply to  Zebedee Wakely
3 years ago

What is the Canadian procedure for qualifying for Pan Ams and WUGs? Which meet has priority? Does the National team pay the athletes expenses for these two meets?

Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

It looks like Pan Ams takes priority over FISU and the FISU swimmers must fund their own trip.

Canadian Swimmer
3 years ago

Oleksiak taking it out well ahead of everyone else in the 50 Fly. Looks like she’s got that powerful acceleration back. Yay!

Canadian Swimmer
3 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.

3 years ago

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

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