2019 Canadian Swimming Trials: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


Day four prelims from the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will feature heats in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 50 breast, along with the para 200 free, 50 breast, and 100 breast.

Taylor Ruck and Markus Thormeyer, who have both qualified for three individual events thus far in the 100 back, 100 free, and 200 back, will both contest the 200 free today looking to add a fourth.

The women’s race will also feature Penny OleksiakKayla SanchezRebecca SmithEmily Overholt, and Mackenzie Padington – all of whom have already qualified for the team. Sydney Pickrem has scratched.

Oleksiak has dropped the 200 fly this morning, making Danielle Hanus the top seed. Richard Funk is also out of the men’s 50 breast.

Women’s 200 Free Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 1:54.44, Taylor Ruck, 2018
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:58.66
  1. Alyson Ackman, PCSC, 1:58.85
  2. Penny Oleksiak, TSC, 1:59.09
  3. Taylor Ruck, SCAR, 1:59.33
  4. Kennedy Goss, GGST, 1:59.37
  5. Rebecca Smith, SCAR, 1:59.48
  6. Kayla Sanchez, AAC, 1:59.96
  7. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, GO, 2:00.33
  8. Emma O’Croinin, EKSC, 2:00.84
  9. Kelsey Wog, UMAN, 2:01.17
  10. Katerine Savard, CAMO, 2:01.25

Alyson Ackman of Pointe-Claire edged out Taylor Ruck in the final heat of the women’s 200 free to claim the top seed for the final in a time of 1:58.85, with Ruck placing third overall in 1:59.33.

Penny Oleksiak (1:59.09) led Kennedy Goss (1:59.37) and Kayla Sanchez (1:59.96) in the first circle-seeded heat to take second, and Rebecca Smith won the penultimate heat in 1:59.48 for fifth.

Gabby Deloof tied for seventh overall this morning in 2:00.33, but will be relegated to the ‘B’ final tonight since she’s American. Louise Hansson was 12th overall in 2:01.80.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 1:46.40, Brent Hayden, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:47.40
  1. Markus Thormeyer, UBCSC, 1:48.51
  2. Carson Olafson, UBCSC, 1:49.84
  3. Jeremy Bagshaw, ISC, 1:50.63
  4. Ruslan Gaziev, OAK, 1:51.21
  5. Owen Daly, CAMO, 1:51.35
  6. Alexander Pratt, UBCSC, 1:51.47
  7. Vincent Laperle, NN, 1:51.82
  8. Colin Gilbert, KCS, 1:51.98
  9. Parker Neri, UNCAN, 1:52.00
  10. Peter Brothers, UCSC, 1:52.04

Dylan Carter was the fastest man in the 200 free this morning, coming just five one-hundredths off of his Trinidad and Tobago National Record in 1:47.82.

He and Andrea D’Arrigo (1:50.05) will contest the ‘B’ final tonight since they’re international swimmers.

The top Canadian was Markus Thormeyer, who was chasing Carter in the final heat. He touched in 1:48.51, and his UBC teammate Carson Olafson was the only other swimmer sub-1:50 in 1:49.84. Thormeyer will be looking to hit the ‘A’ cut of 1:47.40 to add a fourth individual event for Worlds tonight, already making it in the 100 back, 100 free, and 200 back. Olafson has also already made the team in the 400 free relay.

Jeremy Bagshaw (1:50.63) and Ruslan Gaziev (1:51.21), who have both yet to make the team, qualified third and fourth respectively and will be looking to remain in the top-4 tonight to get on the team for the relay.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 2:05.95, Audrey Lacroix, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:09.21
  1. Danielle Hanus, ISC, 2:12.86
  2. Mary-Sophie Harvey, CAMO, 2:12.88
  3. Mabel Zavaros, OAK, 2:14.02
  4. Lora Willar, PCSC, 2:15.13
  5. Victoria Kwan, TSC, 2:15.23
  6. Summer McIntosh, ESWIM, 2:16.02
  7. Mia Zahab, NKB, 2:16.38
  8. Hannah Genich, TSC, 2:16.77
  9. Josie Field, LOSC, 2:17.38
  10. Aryanna Fernandes, UNVAR, 2:17.61

Mary-Sophie Harvey moved past Mabel Zavaros on the last 50 of the first circle-seeded heat in the women’s 200 fly for a final time of 2:12.88, improving her personal best of 2:12.95 from the 2017 Mesa Pro Swim Series. Zavaros touched in 2:14.02, and they end up qualifying for the final second and third overall respectively.

Danielle Hanus was 2:12.86 in the final heat, just behind Kathrin Demler (2:12.76), but since Demler isn’t Canadian she can’t advance to the ‘A’ final. The same goes for Jing Wen Quah, who had the fastest time overall from the penultimate heat in 2:12.44.

Qualifiyng in sixth was junior standout Summer McIntosh of Etobicoke, who took over a second off her 11-12 NAG of 2:17.29 in 2:16.02.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 1:56.27, Mack Darragh, 2018
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:56.71
  1. Mack Darragh, OAK, 2:00.50
  2. Montana Champagne, GO, 2:01.45
  3. Josiah Binnema, UBCSC, 2:01.73
  4. Cole Pratt, CASC, 2:01.95
  5. Osvald Nitski, OAK, 2:02.11
  6. Dmitriy Lim, UBCSC, 2:03.31
  7. Charles Millette, PCSC, 2:03.61
  8. Ray Yang, ESWIM, 2:04.20
  9. Brendan Oswald, WAC, 2:04.33
  10. Brendan Vanherk, BLEN, 2:04.40

Singaporean Zheng Wen Quah was the only swimmer sub-2:00 in the 200 fly prelims in a time of 1:57.88.

Leading the way for the Canadians was National Record holder Mack Darragh, who mowed down Josiah Binnema on the last 50 of the final heat for the top qualifying time into the ‘A’ final of 2:00.50. Darragh has yet to qualfiy for the Worlds team with his two best events, this and the 200 IM, falling on the last two days of competition.

Binnema qualified third in a time of 2:01.73, less than a second off his personal best.

Montana Champagne won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:01.45 over Cole Pratt (2:01.95) as they advance in second and fourth respectively.

Women’s 50 Breast Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 30.33, Amanda Reason, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 31.22
  1. Rachel Nicol, UCSC, 31.35
  2. Faith Knelson, ISC, 31.54
  3. Bailey Andison, PERTH, 31.87
  4. Nina Kucheran, SLSC, 32.12
  5. Avery Wiseman, OSC, 32.25
  6. Sophie Angus, UNCAN, 32.31
  7. Lili Chicoine, NN, 32.37
  8. Hillary Metcalfe, LOSC, 32.45
  9. Marie-Laurence Godin, SHER / Sofia Carnevale, UNVAR, 32.59

Rachel Nicol from the University of Calgary Swim Club leads the women’s 50 breast field into the final in a time of 31.35, followed by Faith Knelson (31.54) of Island and Bailey Andison (31.87) of the Perth Stingrays.

This is Andison’s first time breaking 32 seconds, while fourth seed Nina Kucheran of Sudbury was just .06 off her best in 32.12. Both swimmers are coming off of the NCAA Championships two weeks ago.

Surprisingly missing the final was Kelsey Wog, who came in seeded third. She ended up 13th in 32.86. She did have the 200 free earlier on in the session, however.

Men’s 50 Breast Prelims

  • Canadian Record: 27.45, Scott Dickens, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 27.39
  1. Alexander Milanovich, ESWIM, 27.86
  2. Gabe Mastromatteo, KSS, 28.23
  3. John Fauteux, MSSAC, 28.49
  4. Connor Islings, PCSC, 28.57
  5. James Dergousoff, CHENA, 28.95
  6. Jonathan Naisby, SHER, 29.43
  7. Steven Lee, KBM, 29.46
  8. Daniel Greer, UVPCS, 29.48
  9. Anis Chabi, CAMO, 29.49
  10. Nicholas Bulban, RHAC, 29.58

Etobicoke’s Alexander Milanovich snuck under his best time by .01 to take the top seed by nearly four-tenths of a second in the men’s 50 breast, clocking 27.86.

Gabe Mastromatteo of Kenora, who owns a best of 27.94, qualified second in 28.23.

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4 years ago

Why is Parker Neri not listed as an international swimmer? He’s from Ohio.

Reply to  Marmot
4 years ago

His club is listed as UNCAN, which is Unattached Canada. Which means he probably has dual citizenship

Woke Stasi
4 years ago

Montana Champagne! Great name. When I saw it the other day, I thought it was a woman — like the character “Montana Wildhack” in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” (played by Valerie Perrine in the film). Any Canadians know the answer to this: does he go by “Monty”? Hope to see more of him.

Reply to  Woke Stasi
4 years ago

Middle name is Justice, one family member calls him Monty.

4 years ago

Ouch, the Canadian men are really behind the women. Times are not impressive.

Bo Swims
Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

Pratt, Liendo, Mastronardo and Knox are all still young. I think JR Worlds you’ll see some top performances on the mens side.

Reply to  Bo Swims
4 years ago

me too.

Reply to  Philip
4 years ago

Considering how young they are, and the fact that the male team has been behind for years now (excluding Ryan in distance events), I’m impressed with their potential. Maybe they’ll hit by Tokyo or maybe the next cycle. But I think we can expect good things from them. There was a time the female team was unimpressive too…

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

Exactly. There’s still clearly work to be done, but they’ve been doing much better this year than they have for a while. That’s even ignoring Markus Thormeyer, who’s been having a phenomenal meet.

Bill G
4 years ago

Overholt made the team in the 400 IM, but her 200m free and 400m free times at Trials were way off what she swam at USports earlier this year. She was 1:57+ in the 200m free and 4:06+ in the 400m free back in February, but not a factor at all at Trials.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Bill G
4 years ago

Overholt has had a few distractions at these trials. Clearly her comeback is, in some ways, still a work in progress. Patience. It’s a process. Let her work at her own pace and see where it takes her. And, if that’s the Olympics… great! And if where she winds up is out of the pool but healthy and happy, then that’s great, too.

Canadian Swimmer
4 years ago

Oleksiak with that famous bull in a china shop rush of a finish to take her heat in the 2 Free. That never gets old. Alyson Ackman and Emma O’Croinin crashing the party to hang with all the usual suspects: Ruck, Goss, Savard, Smith & Sanchez. Should be an entertaining final.

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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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