2019 Canadian Swimming Trials: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Day three finals of the 2019 Canadian Trials will feature just three events: the 100 fly, 200 back, and 400 free. There will also be the 50 fly, 100 fly, and 400 free for the para swimmers.

Leading off in the women’s 200 back will be Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck, who both solidified their spots on the team on the opening night with a 1-2 finish in the 100 back. Masse is the top seed from the prelims at 2:09.36, but Madison Broad put herself in the mix with a big best time of 2:09.82 to qualify second. Ruck (2:10.48) and Jade Hannah (2:11.48) were also under the FINA ‘A’ cut this morning, but the race will likely come down to Masse and Ruck as they’ve been 2:05 and 2:06 respectively.

Markus Thormeyer will be eyeing his third title in three days in the men’s 200 back, and based on the form he’s shown thus far he should be able to get under the ‘A’ cut of 1:58.34.

The women’s 100 fly projects to be very exciting after the top-8 qualifiers (11 including international swimmers) broke a minute in the prelims. Rebecca Smith, who has yet to make the team, leads the field in 58.50, followed by Maggie MacNeil (58.66) and Haley Black (59.07). Penny Oleksiak heads in seeded fourth after a morning swim of 59.31.

In the men’s 100 fly Joshua Liendo is the top seed after setting a 15-17 NAG this morning in 53.11, while Josiah Binnema (53.34) and Will Pisani (53.51) aren’t far behind. The qualifying time of 51.96 doesn’t appear to be in striking distance, but the winner could very well be added to the roster at the end of the meet for the medley relay.

The 100 fly ‘B’ finals will also be ones to watch. Louise Hansson went a best time of 57.35 this morning, and Luis Martinez set a Guatemalan Record in the men’s race in 51.87.

Alyson Ackman (4:11.08) comes in with the top seed in the women’s 400 free by over three seconds, but Emily Overholt (4:19.14) is coming off a best time in this event in February (4:06.27) and will be dangerous from lane seven – especially having qualified for the team last night in the 400 IM.

Colin Gilbert (3:52.97) and Jeremy Bagshaw (3:53.85) lead the pack in the men’s 400. Bagshaw would need to go a best time by about seven-tenths to reach the ‘A’ cut of 3:48.15.

Women’s 50 Fly – Para

Tess Routliffe (S7) dropped over two seconds from her prelim swim to win the women’s 50 para fly in a time of 38.37 (684 points), just ahead of Sabrina Duchesne (S7) who was 39.03 (650 points).

Men’s 50 Fly – Para

The only swimmer, Etienne Boutin-Cote, was disqualified.

Women’s 100 Fly – Para

Samantha Ryan (S10) dropped her prelim swim by over a second to win the women’s para 100 fly in 1:09.96.

Men’s 100 Fly – Para

Alexander Elliot (S10) broke a minute (59.50) after going 1:00.00 this morning to take the men’s para 100 fly.

Women’s 200 Back Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:05.97, Kylie Masse, 2017
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:11.53
  1. Kylie Masse, TSC, 2:05.94
  2. Taylor Ruck, SCAR, 2:06.70
  3. Madison Broad, CYPS, 2:09.45

Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck went head-to-head for the second time this week in the 200 back final, with Masse edging away on the back half to win in a new Canadian Record of 2:05.94. That improves on her 2:05.97 from the 2017 Worlds, and Ruck clocked 2:06.70 to narrowly miss her best of 2:06.36. Those are the top-2 times in the world this year.

After a big PB in prelims of 2:09.82, Madison Broad came back with another good swim to claim third in 2:09.45, and Jade Hannah was also under the ‘A’ cut for fourth in 2:10.70.

Men’s 200 Back Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:57.34, Matt Hawes, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:58.34
  1. Markus Thormeyer, UBCSC, 1:57.42
  2. Cole Pratt, CASC, 1:58.07
  3. Javier Acevedo / Robert Hill, 2:00.20

Markus Thormeyer took the men’s 200 back out fast, real fast, checking in at the 50, 100, and 150 walls under Canadian Record pace. He fell off a bit on the last 50, ultimately just missing the record of 1:57.34 in a time of 1:57.42.

Cole Pratt made a big push on the final 50, closing in 29.87 to take second in a time of 1:58.07. That smashes Tobias Oriwol‘s 15-17 NAG from 2001 of 2:00.03. Both men were under the ‘A’ cut of 1:58.34.

A final 50 of 29.66 pulled Robert Hill even with Javier Acevedo at the finish, tying for bronze in 2:00.20.

Women’s 100 Fly Final

  • Canadian Record: 56.46, Penny Oleksiak, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 58.48
  1. Maggie MacNeil, LAC, 57.04
  2. Rebecca Smith, SCAR, 58.30
  3. Penny Oleksiak, TSC, 58.61

Maggie MacNeil ran away from the field on the second 50 of the women’s 100 fly with a sizzling 29.88 split, winning the race by well over a second in a time of 57.04. That annihilates her previous best of 58.38 from the Junior Pan Pacs, and puts her second in the world for the season (just .01 behind Sarah Sjostrom).

Rebecca Smith and Penny Oleksiak were separated by just .04 at the 50 wall (actually ahead of MacNeil), but it was Smith who managed to top her coming home to snag the second spot in this event at Worlds in a time of 58.30. Oleksiak was third in 58.61, with the top-7 finishers all breaking a minute.

From the ‘B’ final, Louise Hansson finished .01 off her PB from prelims in 57.36.

Men’s 100 Fly Final

  • Canadian Record: 51.83, Santo Condorelli, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 51.96
  1. Josiah Binnema, UBCSC, 52.62
  2. Joshua Liendo, NYAC, 52.83
  3. Will Pisani, UNCAN, 53.21

After near identical opening 50s, Josiah Binnema managed to edge out Joshua Liendo for the win in the men’s 100 fly, just off his best time of 52.56 in 52.62. Liendo was two-tenths back for second in 52.83, lowering the 15-17 NAG he set this morning of 53.11.

While Binnema wasn’t under the ‘A’ cut of 51.96, he’ll likely be added to the Worlds team for the medley relay.

Will Pisani, who’s coming off of NCAAs last week, continued his strong showing here with a third place finish in 53.21.

Women’s 400 Free Final

  • Canadian Record: 4:03.43, Brittany Maclean, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 4:10.57
  1. Mackenzie Padington, UNVAR, 4:08.82
  2. Emma O’Croinin, EKSC, 4:09.11
  3. Danica Ludlow, UCSC, 4:10.86

Mackenzie Padington picks up her second title of the week in the women’s 400 free, holding off youngster Emma O’Croinin. Padington clocked in at 4:08.82, her first time sub-4:09.

O’Croinin, who came into the race with a best of 4:15.31, exploded to shatter that by over six seconds in 4:09.11, pushing Padington all the way to the wall. The 15-year-old is the youngest swimmer to qualify for the team so far, as both were well under the ‘A’ standard of 4:10.86.

Danica Ludlow was third in 4:10.86, while top seed from prelims Alyson Ackman (4:13.20) was back in fourth. Emily Overholt, the top seed coming into the meet, fell to sixth in 4:14.36.

Men’s 400 Free Final

  • Canadian Record: 3:43.46, Ryan Cochrane, 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 3:48.15
  1. Jeremy Bagshaw, ISC, 3:50.96
  2. Peter Brothers, UCSC, 3:53.20
  3. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc, UL, 3:54.07

Jeremy Bagshaw attacked the men’s 400 free final looking to hit the ‘A’ standard of 3:48.15, out in 1:52.81 at the 200, but couldn’t quite hold pace on the back half. He still won the race handily, finishing in a time of 3:50.96.

Peter Brothers took second in 3:53.20, and Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc of Laval swam a second consecutive personal best of the day for third in 3:54.07.

Women’s 400 Free – Para

Aurelie Rivard (S10) won the women’s para 400 free in a time of 4:39.56.

Men’s 400 Free – Para

Alexander Elliot (S10) swam a big best time to win the men’s para 400 free in 4:07.69.

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5 years ago

Interesting to not see penny qualify :/ she made it in the 100 though? Right?

5 years ago

Hey Swimswam… Any chance to get race videos after the livestream???

5 years ago

Jaw-dropping swim for MacNeil! I honestly didn’t see that coming, in great part because I don’t expect top yards swimmers who rely on excellent underwaters to translate well into long-course. Glad to be proven wrong here. Blown away by her talent!

Canadian Swimmer
5 years ago

Even with her powerful underwaters, she still swam away from Penny and Rebecca after she popped up for air.

5 years ago

Swim BC Bagshaw is a nice sounding name

5 years ago

Big swim by O’Croinin!!!

Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

She could very well be the future of distance swimming for Canada.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Ben
5 years ago

Padington said as much during her post-race interview. So did Brittany MacLean on the webcast.

Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Great seeing young swimmers do well.

5 years ago

What a swim by MacNeil 57.04!!!

Reply to  juddy96
5 years ago

Huge drop from her previous personal best. A fairly surprising result. Hopefully she can continue to improve over the next few months.

Reply to  Ben
5 years ago

Both Oleksiak and Ikee have been faster… with quite a margin and they are the same age.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Lille
5 years ago

MacNeil appears to be a bit of a late bloomer, but she’s bringing it to the party now.

Reply to  juddy96
5 years ago

56 low soon maybe challenge SS in 2020. I could see her making even bigger drops with more training and rest. Remember she just swam at NCAAs

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  juddy96
5 years ago

Amazing! MacNeil is just moving from strength to strength every time she dives in to race. What happened to Penny? She looked so good in the 50 but looked like a completely different swimmer today. Great to see Smith make the team.

Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
5 years ago

Hard to say. Maybe she was better prepared for the 100 free than the 100 fly. Maybe she’s having an off-day. Maybe she swam it tactically wrong. Maybe she’s going to focus more on the 200m butterfly. Thought she’d go faster based on her freestyle yesterday and her 50m butterfly in prelims.

5 years ago

What a huge swim from Cole Pratt, 1:58.07! Destroys the 15-17 NAG! And makes the worlds team!

Reply to  juddy96
5 years ago

Not to mention this is the first time in years we’ve seen two men qualify individually for the same event. One’s a junior too.

5 years ago

New Canadian record for Kylie Masse in the 200 back, in a tight race with Taylor Ruck. Great race.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Ben
5 years ago

So many of these times being put up by Canadian women are going straight to the top of the world rankings. Everybody’s going to be chasing Canadians for the next few weeks.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
5 years ago

…or hours. Masse’s world leading time has already been relegated by an effort at the Italian championships. Ah well, that’s swimming.

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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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