2021 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 3 Final Live Recap


We’ve reached the mid-way point at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials in Toronto Canada and swimmers will take to the pool tonight in the women’s and men’s 50 freestyle and 200 IM, the men’s 1500 freestyle, and the women’s 800 freestyle.

Among those gunning for a shot at their first-ever Olympic squad will be Kayla Sanchez in the 50 free, Finlay Knox in the 200 IM, and Emma O’Croinin in the 800 free.

Olympic medalist Brent Hayden will also be in on the action, hoping to qualify for his 4th Olympic team, entering as second seed behind Josh Liendo. It will be Liendo’s chance to add a second event to his Tokyo lineup after qualifying on day 1 in the 100 fly.

Following her historic 1:56.19 200 freestyle on night 2, 14-year-old Summer McIntosh will be trying to get under her 8:35.12 PB in the 800 freestyle to join the roster in that event.

Follow along live for all that and more as we get into night 3 of the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Women’s 800 Freestyle – Timed Final

  • Canadian Record: 8:20.02 – Brittany MacLean (2014)
  • FINA A Standard: 8:33.36


  1. Summer McIntosh – 8:29.48
  2. Katrina Bellio – 8:38.12
  3. Olivia Anderson – 8:41.58

Summer McIntosh has collected her second gold medal of the meet with an 8:29.48 in the women’s 800 freestyle. The swim will get her on the Olympic roster in that event as it is well under the FINA A cut of 8:33.36. She officially qualified for the 200 freestyle last night by winning the final in a 1:56.19.

McIntosh took nearly seconds off her PB from a few weeks ago of 8:35.12 which she swam in the opening split of a 1500 freestyle. Her swim here also got her within 10 seconds of Brittany MacLean’s 2014 Canadian record of 8:20.02.

McIntosh is now the 4th fastest Canadian woman in history in this event:

All-Time Canadian Rankings – Women’s 800 Freestyle

  1. Brittany MacLean – 8:20.02
  2. Brittany Reimer – 8:27.59
  3. Alexa Komarnycky – 8:28.11
  4. Summer McIntosh – 8:29.48
  5. Savannah King – 8:29.72

Now that she has qualified to swim the event in Tokyo, McIntosh is the second 14-year-old to make her way on to the start list considering that Katie Grimes made the US Olympic team a few days ago with an 8:20.36. McIntosh’s time would have placed 7th at the US Olympic Trials.

Katrina Bellio came in with an 8:38.12 to shave a few seconds off her 8:41.77 entry time but wasn’t fast enough to crack the 8:33.36 FINA A standard meaning that she likely won’t join McIntosh in the event.

400 freestyle champion Alyson Ackman rounded out the podium with an 8:41.58 while Olivia Anderson touched with an 8:51.81 for 4th place.

Men’s 1500 Freestyle – Timed Final

  • Canadian Record: 14:39.63 – Ryan Cochrane (2012)
  • FINA A Standard: 15:00.99


  1. Eric Brown – 15:19.69
  2. Alex Axon – 15:26.16
  3. Stanford Li – 15:38.32

4th seed in this event Eric Brown delivered a powerful performance in the 1500 freestyle and took gold with a 15:19.69. That was a major swim for Brown, shaving more than half a minute off his 15:42.53 PB in the event.

Alex Axon stayed with Brown during the front half of the race but wound up falling off a bit and hit a 15:26.16 for second place. That was also well under his own PB of 15:48.67 and allowed him to jump up from 2nd place.

Both Brown and Axon were under the FINA B standard which sits at a 15:28.02 but was 19 seconds slower than the 15:00.99 FINA A cut.

Top seed going into the event Stanford Li touched with a 15:38.32 for the bronze medal which almost exactly matched his 15:38.86 PB.

Notably, the top 2 seeds in this event decided to scratch the race. Michael McGillivray was originally the top seed with a 15:27.62 which is under the 15:28.02 FINA B cut while second seed Jon Mckay had a 15:37.11.

Women’s 200 IM – Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:08.61 – Sydney Pickrem (2019)
  • FINA A Standard: 2:12.56


  1. Sydney Pickrem – 2:09.24
  2. Kelsey Wog – 2:10.21
  3. Bailey Andison – 2:10.48

Sydney Pickrem managed to pull off the win here, swimming to a 2:09.24 200 IM, and has proven that she was the correct choice to represent Canada in the event in Tokyo. Pickrem was pre-selected to race the event a few months ago based on her podium finish at the 2019 World Championships.

There, Pickrem posted a 2:08.70 in the event to collect bronze and has now delivered the #4 time in the world this year.

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Pickrem will return to the Olympics in this event, having swum a 2:11.22 for 6th place at Rio 2016.

Coming in right after Pickrem, Kelsey Wog swam a 2:10.21 to successfully get under the 2:12.56 FINA A standard. That means that Wog will likely qualify to race the event in Tokyo, adding to her previous qualification in the 100 breast on day 2.

Bailey Andison was next and also cracked the FINA A cut with a 2:10.48 but won’t get on the team because she finished outside of the top 2. Delivering her 3rd top 5 finish so far at this meet, Mary-Sophie Harvey posted a 2:12.78 for 4th.

Men’s 200 IM – Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:58.88 – Finlay Know (2021)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:59.67


  1. Finlay Knox – 1:58.07
  2. Cole Pratt – 2:00.49
  3. Javier Acevedo – 2:00.77

Finlay Knox delivered an expected victory here with a 1:58.07 to get under his former national record of 1:58.88 as well as the FINA A and Olympic-qualifying cut of 1:59.67. That makes Finlay Knox the newest likely qualifier to the 2021 Canadian Olympic team.

This will be Knox’s first-ever Olympic trip but he has represented the nation before and won a silver medal in the 200 IM at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships with a 1:59.44.

Knox recently took out the 200 IM national record in May 2021 with a 1:58.88 to become the first man under 1:59.00, taking the mark from Keith Beavers who had a 1:49.19 from 2008.

Following Knox, Cole Pratt swam a 2:00.49 for the silver medal and Javier Acevedo touched with a 2:00.77. While they were fast enough for a national medal, neither of those times were under the Olympic qualifying cut.

Cole Pratt has already qualified for the 2021 Olympic at this meet, taking second place in the 100 backstroke to Markus Thormeyer while Acevedo, a 2016 Olympic in the backstroke has not yet qualified for Tokyo.

Robert Hill was 4th overall in the final with a 2:01.98 while Montana Champagne rounded out the top 5 in a 2:02.55.

Women’s 50 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 24.26 – Taylor Ruck (2018)
  • FINA A Standard: 24.77


  1. Kayla Sanchez – 24.66
  2. Sarah Fournier – 25.31
  3. Kylie Masse – 25.54

Kayla Sanchez has officially done it. Sanchez swam to victory in the women’s 50 freestyle with a 24.66 to just out-swim the 24.77 FINA A standard and qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Sanchez has been a consistent force on the Canadian national team over the past 5 years and has raced at the 2017 World Junior Championships, 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2019 World Championships, and will now race at the 2020 Olympics.

Sanchez was a bit faster than her own PB in the event of 24.81 which she swam in May of 2021 and was a little bit slower than the current Canadian record held by Taylor Ruck at a 24.26.

This swam marks a significant checkpoint in Sanchez’s comeback from a major shoulder injury and subsequent surgery in the fall of 2020 which kept her out of the 2020 ISL season.

The podium here was rounded out by Sarah Fournier who hit a 25.31, getting under the 25.54 she swam this morning but not quite getting the FINA A cut. Backstroker all-star Kylie Masse got close to a freestyle breakout here but wound up placing 3rd overall with a 25.49.

Men’s 50 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 21.73 – Brent Hayden (2009)
  • FINA A Standard: 22.01


  1. Brent Hayden – 21.82
  2. Josh Liendo 21.90
  3. Yuri Kisil – 22.15

Brent Hayden and Josh Liendo did exactly what they needed to do here and qualified for their 4th and 1st Olympic Games, respectively. Hayden won this event with a 21.82 while Liendo swam a 21.90 meaning that they both got under the 22-second mark as well as the 22.01 FINA A.

For Hayden, this swim marks the achievement of a major goal that he has identified back in 2019, having made his official comeback to the sport after retiring for over 7 years. Hayden won a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games which came after more than a decade as a Canadian national teamer.

Hayden not only got under the FINA A standard but he also got very close to his current Canadian record which he has held for more than a decade at a 21.73 from the 2009 World Championships.

Josh Liendo will join Brent Hayden on the 2020 Canadian Olympic team in the men’s 50 freestyle after hitting a 21.90 which is under the 22.01 FINA A. Liendo’s best time before this race was actually also a 22.01, having hit that time during the prelims.

This will be Liendo’s first Olympic squad but he’s represented Canada before, having collected silver in the 100 freestyle at the 2019 World Juniors with a 49.17.

2016 Olympian Yuri Kisil was third here with a 22.15 and will rely on the 100 freestyle in order to qualify for the Games this summer. In 4th, Oleksandr Loginov hit a 22.59 and Mehdi Ayoubi swam a 22.60 for 5th.

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1 month ago

Who’s here to see Summer McIntosh’s PB drop faster than a brick?

Reply to  Emg1986
1 month ago

Ha, we’ve been discussing what we think she’ll go.

Consensus seems to be 8:2-something. Lots of debate over what the something will be.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

The optimist in me thinks 23, the British over reserved me thinks 26.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

I’ll vote 8:20 (edit: woops, looks like I was way off lol)

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

8:29 good guess

Reply to  Kwb
1 month ago

You nailed it!

The Real AJC
Reply to  Emg1986
1 month ago


SwimFan NU
1 month ago

I think with people around her, a sub 8:20 is possible but 8:29 is a very good time for a 14 year old heading into Tokyo

Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

Sorry, but she just went 8:29 …
Speculation is fun, but at some point you have to take the actual performances for what they are.
With someone to push her, she might go a couple seconds faster, but 10 seconds faster is a completely different category. Like i said in an other article: Maybe she currently just is better at shorter distances. 1:56 low is better than 4:05 low, which is clearly better than 8:29, which is better than 16:15 in the 1500 free. I am also not sure if people actually understand how difficult it is to be great in the 200 free and 800 free at the same time. How many female swimmers are currently world-class… Read more »

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

Ledecky and Titmus are fortunate that Summer is 14 not 16. It always strikes me that female swimmers particularly the distance types are heavily impacted by how their age falls in relation to each Olympiad. Summer would have had a gold mine at 16 now and 19 in 2024. Instead she’ll be a nice story this time then really have to capitalize at 17 in 2024. Otherwise at 21 in 2028 she’ll likely be past her prime, at least at 800 and beyond. I think there will be some surprise teenagers in the distance races this time, names barely known right now.

SwimFan NU
1 month ago

side note I’m waiting for Rowdy to pop in and comment on that .82 reaction time

Gen D
Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

Byron already took care of that lol

Reply to  Gen D
1 month ago

He also changed Summers last name from Mortimer last night to Sanders tonight. How many famous Summers does Byron know?

Reply to  John
1 month ago

Any guesses what name byron macdonald the CBC broadcaster will come up with for her swim tomorrow?
So far we have:
Summer Mortimer 200 free
Summer sanders 800 free
Summer _________ 1500 free

Fill in the blank.

1 month ago

Summer was out (4:10.8) faster than the winner of the 400 free (4:10.9)

1 month ago

I heard Ruck was sick on Brett hawkes livestream last night.

Mean Dean
1 month ago

Any way to watch in the us?

Gen D
Reply to  Mean Dean
1 month ago

VPN + cbc.ca/sports

Last edited 1 month ago by Gen D
SwimFan NU
1 month ago

Apparently Pickrem isn’t tapered and she put up a 2:09.24

Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

If we’re keeping it real, “not tapered” on the women’s side in particular means very little. It means less and less in general these days.

Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

If she isn’t I expect a 207 high from her at the Olympics if things are clicking. There is no doubt a medal favourite in the event.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Justin
1 month ago

Would bode well for your pickrems

1 month ago

I swear I heard “Cole Pratt, six years of age”

Gen D
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

so did I!