2021 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

It’s time for the 2nd night of racing at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials and tonight’s session will feature 4 more A finals: the women’s and men’s 200 freestyles and 100 breaststrokes.

Penny Oleksiak is the only pre-qualified swimmer in any events that will go down tonight as she’s been named to the team in the 200 freestyle. She raced during the prelims and led the way with a 1:57.07 stacked pack of women will join her, all fighting for a spot on the team. Summer McIntosh, Rebecca Smith, Katerine Savard, and Mary-Sophie Harvey will be among those in the mix.

On the men’s side, Jeremy Bagshaw had the quickest prelims swim with a 1:49.60 while Peter Brothers was right behind in a 1:50.08. Those times are just short of the 1:47.02 FINA A which will be the time to beat tonight in order to earn a spot in Tokyo.

Only Kelsey Wog was under the women’s 100 breaststroke FINA A of 1:07.07 with a 1:06.92 in the morning but Rachel Nicol (1:07.73) and Avery Wiseman (1:07.86) each swam in the 1:07 range during prelims and will want to get under the mark tonight.

As for the men, Gabe Mastromatteo led the way in prelims with a 1:00.11 which was just above the 59.93 he needs to qualify tonight. On his tail, Richard Funk and James Dergousoff posted a 1:00.93 and 1:00.94, respectively.

Follow along here for all the action as we get into night 2 of the 2021 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials:

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:54.44 – Taylor Ruck (2018)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:57.28

Podium

  1. Summer McIntosh – 1:56.19
  2. Penny Oleksiak – 1:57.24
  3. Rebecca Smith – 1:57.76

14-year-old Summer McIntosh managed to pull out her first win of the meet here with a 1:56 to book a spot on the Olympic team in the 200 freestyle. Prior to this meet McIntosh held a PB in the event of 1:57.65 from May of 2021 and has now swum the 6th fastest time in the world this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Free

AriarneAUS
Titmus
06/14
1:53.09
2Siobhan
Haughey
HKG1:53.9207/28
3Yang
Junxuan
CHN1:54.3707/29
4Katie
Ledecky
USA1:54.4004/09
5Penny
Oleksiak
CAN1:54.7007/28
6Emma
McKeon
AUS1:54.7406/14
7Mollie
O'Callaghan
AUS1:55.1107/28
8Barbora
Seemanova
CZE1:55.4507/28
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Penny Oleksiak didn’t need to win this event in order to swim the event in Tokyo as she was nominated already based on her 6th place finish in the event in Tokyo. Oleksiak did finish in the top 2 though and posted a 1:57.24 for the silver medal.

Oleksiak was a bit faster during the prelims where she posted a 1:57.07 meaning that she’s been under the FINA A twice today.

Rebecca Smith was 3rd overall with a 1:57.76 which is a little bit over the FINA A but will likely be enough to get her on the team in the 4×200 relay. That’s a bit slower than her PB which sits at a 1:57.43 from earlier this year.

Next, Katerine Savard was a 1:57.79 for 4th place and could also be getting the nod for the relay after qualifying individually for the 100 butterfly on day 1. Like Smith, Savard has been a little bit faster in the past, holding a PB of 1:57.13 from 2017.

Canada has medaled in the 4×200 freestyle a few times in the past few years, taking bronze in Rio in 2016, bronze in 2019 at Gwangju.

Mary-Sophie Harvey placed 5th overall with a 1:58.70 while Kayla Sanchez was 6th in a 1:58.81.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:46.40 – Brent Hayden (2008)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:47.02

Podium

  1. Peter Brothers – 1:49.07
  2. Ruslan Gaziev – 1:49.45
  3. Jeremy Bagshaw – 1:49.55

Peter Brothers has collected his second national title in 2 days here, adding to his 400 freestyle victory on day 1.

Brothers delivered a 1:49.07 for the gold medal which was quicker than his morning swim of 1:50.08 and an improvement upon his 2017 PB in the event of 1:49.70. Brothers’ swim was 2 seconds over the FINA A standard of 1:47.02 which means that Canada likely won’t send anyone to Tokyo individually.

This will mark the second Olympic Games in a row where no men will race the event considering no one got the nomination in 2016. Blake Worsley raced the 200 free for Canada back in 2012 and hit a 1:48.14 for 17th overall.

Ruslan Gaziev came in with a 1:49.45 for the silver medal which was quicker than his 1:50.55 prelims swim and just a bit off his best time in the event of 1:49.33 from 2019.

Making for 3 men under 1:50, Jeremy Bagshaw hit a 1:49.55 for the bronze medal to shave 0.05 seconds off his prelim swim of 1:49.60. Bagshaw raced the 400 freestyle for Canada at the 2017 World Championships and placed 16th with a 3:48.82.

There were notably a number of men absent from the 200 freestyle who are present at this meet including Markus Thormeyer and Canadian record-holder Brent Hayden. Hayden broke the record back in 2008 and has since retired from the sport and made a 2019 comeback. He has remained focused on the 50 and 100 freestyles and has not yet ventured to race the 200.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:05.74 – Annamay Pierse (2009)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:07.07

Podium

  1. Kelsey Wog – 1:06.77
  2. Rachel Nicol – 1:07.31
  3. Kierra Smith – 1:07.72

University of Manitoba swimmer Kelsey Wog has officially qualified for her first-ever Olympic team by winning the women’s 100 breaststroke in a 1:06.77.

That swim for Wog is under the 1:07.07 FINA A cut and hovers a little bit above the 1:06.44 that she posted in February 2020 at the USports Championships. With this swim, Wog has likely qualified to race both the individual 100 breast and the breaststroke leg on the women’s 4×100 medley relay.

Rachel Nicol and Kierra Smith represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in this event but seem to have been shut out of making the team again as they both trailed the FINA A.

Nicol was a 1:07.31 for the silver medal to shave some time off her morning swim of 1:07.73 and Smith swam a 1:07.72 in the final, getting down from her 1:08.60 in the heats.

At the 2016 Games, Nicol placed 5th overall in the event with a 1:06.68 while Smith finished in 18th with a 1:07.41.

Avery Wiseman hit a 1:08.08 to take 4th place and Sydney Pickrem, who is already qualified to swim the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breast, placed 5th with a 1:08.17.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Final

  • Canadian Record: 59.85 – Scott Dickens (2012)
  • FINA A Standard: 59.93

Podium

  1. Gabe Mastromatteo – 1:00.75
  2. James Dergousoff – 1:00.88
  3. Eli Wall – 1:00.99

Gabe Mastromatteo managed to pull off the win here in the men’s 100 breaststroke but ended up added some time to his morning swim of 1:00.11 with a 1:00.75. That’s not under the FINA A standard of 59.93, meaning that Mastromatteo will likely not earn a spot on the Olympic team in the individual 100 breaststroke.

Mastromatteo could potentially earn a spot on the team still considering that Canada has qualified for the 4×100 medley relay based on their 10th place finish overall at the 2019 World Championships.

Mastromatteo held a PB of 1:00.69 prior to today which he swam at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest to take 4th place overall.

Following Mastromatteo, James Dergousoff hit a 1:00.88 to nab the silver medal which was a little faster than his 1:00.94 swim in the morning but not quite a PB. Dergousoff broke his own PB twice today, getting down from the 1:01.56 he swam back in 2016.

Eli Wall came in with a 1:00.99, just dipping under 1:01.00 and getting under his morning swim of 1:01.21. Wall swam this event for Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and posted a 1:01.47 during the semi-finals to take 10th overall.

2019 World Championships team member Richard Funk was 4th here with a 1:01.13, adding time to his morning swim of 1:00.93 and hovering over his 59.89 PB from the 2017 World Championships.

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Bob1235
2 months ago

Ridiculous

nuotofan
Reply to  Bob1235
2 months ago

Yes, ridiculously fast improvement rate in the 200 free for Summer McIntosh. On March 2020 she swam a 2.02.17 PB and then on May 2021 a 1.57.65. Finally, today (6/20/2021) 1.57.40 in the morning heats and 1.56.19 in the final. Overall improvement: 6 seconds in 15 months !!

Last edited 2 months ago by nuotofan
maybe?
Reply to  nuotofan
2 months ago

I mean she is still only 14 so huge drops are expected but 1:56.19 as a 14 year old? Wow

nuotofan
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

Yes, the 6 seconds drop is even more impressive considering that the initial time (2.02.17) was already a great time as a 13 year-old.

Rafa Amarillas
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

Teenagers over time have had great success in this distance, Sippy Woodhead, then 14, beat the unbeatable GDR swimmers with 1:58.59 and then lowered it to 1:58.23 that same year, 43 years ago; then in 1992, came Franzi Van Almsick with 1:58.00, 29 years, won the olympic silver medal; now this girl with her 1:56.19, WOW!

Laneline
Reply to  nuotofan
2 months ago

Watched Summer have a lot of age group success as club swimmer, but has improved to an entire different level over this past year after joining the high performance training group under Titley.

SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Summer McIntosh 1:56.19 200FR at age 14. Wow.

Last edited 2 months ago by SwimmerFan99
maybe?
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s a future WR holder in the 200 (and maybe 400)

Stephen
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

Let’s slow down….allow her to develop

AnEn
Reply to  maybe?
2 months ago

I think many people said the same about Oleksiak in 2016 or Ruck in 2018. Canadian female teen phenoms aren’t known for much longevity in recent years … maybe McIntosh will be different or maybe not. There have been tons of teen phenoms who were crazy fast at a very young age and sometimes even set world records, but never went faster afterwards.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

5 years on and canada has a medal contender in the w100 fly and w200 free, but they are not penny or ruck

Last edited 2 months ago by Old Man Chalmers
Troyy
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 months ago

McIntosh still needs to drop more than 2 seconds to contend for a medal in the 200.

AnEn
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Don’t agree. Who besides Titmus will go sub 1:54? I think 1:54.5 mid might win a medal.

Bronze medal winning time at the last big championships:
2019 worlds: 1:54.78
2017 worlds: 1:55.18
2016 olympics: 1:54.92
2015 worlds: 1:55.49
2013 worlds: 1:55.72
2012 olympics: 1:55.81

I don’t think it ever took more than 1:54.78 to medal, so if McIntosh can drop another 1.5 seconds, she might win a medal.

Troyy
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Yes, I had a maths failure saying 2 seconds. 1.5 seconds is about right.

Nick
Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

Titmus swam 1:53.1 2 weeks ago, the other australian swam 1:54.55 Ledecky 1.54,5sh That chart above is very wrong . Titmus time was the second fastest ever.

AnEn
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 months ago

Who is their medal contender in the 200 free?

SwimFan NU
2 months ago

Summer shining bright right as summer begins

Ger
2 months ago

Summer Mortimer 1:56:19, lol

Rod Agar
Reply to  Ger
2 months ago

“Summer Mortimer”? Did Byron really make that mistake? I always turn the sound off, especially when Rowdy’s talking.

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Nono
2 months ago

1.56 at 14 what a talent

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Nono
2 months ago

they are all popping up around the world…..fantastic

KyleChalmers 2nd Gold
2 months ago

Summer 14 years old!

Troyy
2 months ago

1:56 from McIntosh. Quite insane. She seems really mature too.

Nothing overly exciting from Oleksiak. Is she even tapering for this meet?

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Oleksiak already had a guaranteed spot for the Olympics due to Canada’s pre-selection COVID protocols. She’s likely still in training, with perhaps a slight ease into this meet just to see where she’s at.

Troyy
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

A little risky when there’s only one 100 free spot remaining. If most of the top swimmers aren’t tapering this meet isn’t going to be very revealing except for someone like Ruck who is way off her best.

Last edited 2 months ago by Troyy
Dee
2 months ago

1.56.19 for a 14 year old girl is hard to fathom. Summer would be top 10 all time in the UK boys age group rankings, and it’s not an event we’ve had a shortage of talent it. What a remarkable swim.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

That was about my best time ever, set as a 17-year-old male division I college commit at USA Junior Nationals.

Robbos
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

I sent you a comment on Meg Harris, but it went approval & stayed that way for awhile.
I have started to follow the swimming time of Meg Harris, ever since you said you quite like her swimming in one of the junior championships before COVID hit.
What did you think of her swims in the 100 & 200 in the Aussie trials?
Amazing as she is regarded as the young up & comer at 18/19 swimming 1.56.23, then you see Summer swim a 1.59.14 as a 14 year old.

Dee
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

Yeah I’ve thought that Meg will be the next big Aussie sprint freestyler for a couple of years, and she still did more than I ever expected at trials. I was actually watching the 200fr back earlier and she caught my eye a little (great shot of her and Emma down the 2nd 50); Still over-gliding a tad for me, but the high elbow catch is so massively improved compared to pre covid – She has very strong shoulders and great mobility. She will keep getting faster, I have no doubts.

Robbos
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Thanks Dee, much appreciated. Always interested in your technical analysis of a young swimmer.

iceman
Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

In Greece, Vazaios swam 1.56.89, which is a bit slower than MacIntosh, while being 14. Of course, he isn’t a 200 free specialist, but he has done a decent 1.47.

Nick
Reply to  iceman
2 months ago

But he’s also Male. Big difference development and strength wise