2021 Canadian Olympic Trials: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

On the second last night of the 2021 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials, another set of spots on the nation’s Tokyo 2020 roster will be up for grabs.

In the 200 breaststroke, Kelsey Wog will be trying to join pre-selected Sydney Pickrem in the event in Tokyo which would account for her 3rd event after qualifying for the 200 IM and 100 breast. While the 2019 World Championships bronze medalist Pickrem will race the event in Tokyo, she decided not to swim the event here in Toronto.

On the men’s side, Eli Wall threw down a solid prelim swim of 2:13.94 but will need to get down to a 2:10.35 during the finals in order to secure a spot on his first-ever Olympic squad.

In the 200 butterflies, Mackenzie Darragh and Mabel Zavaros will be in the running to qualify for their first-ever individual Olympic swims during tonight’s final after both swimming roughly 3 seconds over the respective FINA A cuts during the prelims.

The night will end with the men’s and women’s 100 freestyle which are both expected to be absolute bloodbaths for a spot on the team. In the women’s sprint, Taylor Ruck has actually already been named to the team but wound her 3rd in the prelims and will need to fight for a spot in the top 2 in order to show that that selection has paid off. Hoping to upset Ruck, 2016 Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak lead the field in a 54.00 and will be trying to get a spot on the team in the event in Tokyo. It won’t be easy for Oleksiak, however, as Kayla Sanchez, Katerine Savard, Rebecca Smith, and more will all be in the running as well.

As for the men’s event, Yuri Kisil and Ruslan Gaziev both swam under 49 seconds in the morning and will need to stay within the top 2 in order to get an individual spot on the 2020 Canadian Olympic squad. Among those also vying for the individual qualification in the 100 free will be Josh Liendo, Markus Thormeyer, Stephen Calkins, and Javier Acevedo. Missing from tonight’s final will be 2012 Olympic medalist and Tokyo 2020-qualified swimmer Brent Hayden who raced in the prelims but then scratched the final due to back troubles.

Follow along here to stay up to date on all the action as we get into night 4 of the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:20.12 – Annamay Pierse (2009)
  • FINA A Standard: 2:25.52

Podium

  1. Kelsey Wog – 2:23.40
  2. Kierra Smith – 2:25.73
  3. Avery Wiseman – 2:26.85

Kelsey Wog has added the 200 breaststroke to her event list in Tokyo. She won the event in a 2:23.40, improving on her time from prelims and dipping under the FINA A standard of 2:25.52. She touched the wall 2 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kierra Smith. Wog previously qualified to swim the 200 IM and 100 breast in Tokyo. She will join pre-selected Sydney Pickrem in Tokyo for this event.

Wog’s time is the 14th fastest in the world this year.

Pickrem scratched the race in finals. She qualified for the Olympics at the 2019 World Championships, where she picked up a bronze medal.

Smith touched second in a time of 2:25.73, going went 4 seconds faster than in prelims. She swam the 200 breast for Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she finished 7th in the event in a 2:23.19. She has a personal best time of 2:22.23. She missed qualification for the 100 breast earlier in the meet, another event that she swam in Rio.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:08.84 – Mike Brown (2008)
  • FINA A Standard: 2:10.35

Podium

  1.  Eli Wall – 2:12.16
  2.  Frederik Kamminga – 2:13.91
  3.  James Dergousoff – 2:14.05

Eli Wall dropped nearly 2 seconds from prelims to win the 200 breast in 2:12.16. That swim was 0.7 seconds off of his best time of 2:11.47 from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has previously competed at the 2015 FISU Summer Universiade and the 2017 FISU.

Frederik Kamminga touched second in the event. His time of 2:13.91 was a personal best by 0.87 seconds. He out-touched James Dergousoff in the final 50. Dergousoff dropped 0.5 seconds from prelims. He was the second-place finisher in the 100 breast, but will likely only swim on the 4×100 medley relay after having missed the FINA A cut.

No one in this field has ever swum at the Olympic Games. Because no one met the FINA A standard, and because no one was pre-selected in this event, Canada will not send any 200 breaststrokers to Tokyo.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:05.95 – Audrey Lacroix (2009)
  • FINA A Standard: 2:08.43

Podium

  1.   Emily Overholt – 2:11.16
  2.  Mabel Zavaros – 2:12.19
  3.  Danielle Hanus – 2:12.42

Rio Olympic medalist Emily Overholt got her hands on the wall first in the women’s 200 fly. Her time of 2:11.16 did not meet the FINA A cut of 2:08.43. She is not known for swimming fly; Overholt previously competed in the 400 free and 400 IM at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. She finished 5th in both events. In Rio, she also finished 5th in the 400 IM and won a bronze medal as a member of the 4×200 meter relay.

Second-place went to Mabel Zavaros in a time of 2:12.19. The University of Florida swimmer was 3.48 seconds off of her best time of 2:08.71 from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She swam the 50, 100, and 200 fly at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, and she won 2 gold medals as part of the women’s 4×200 free relay and the mixed 4×100 medley relay.

Canada will also not send a competitor to Tokyo in the women’s 200 fly.

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:56.27 – Mack Darragh (2018)
  • FINA A Standard: 1:56.48

Podium

  1.  Mack Darragh – 1:58.10
  2.  Montana Champagne – 1:59.34
  3.  Patrick Hussey – 2:00.51

Canadian record-holder Mack Darragh finished in first with a 1:58.10. His personal best time of 1:56.27 from the 2018 Pan Pacs in Tokyo would have easily met the FINA A standard. He swam on the 4×100 medley in Rio but did not qualify for any individual events.

Montana Champagne touched in second place, finishing in a time of 1:59.34. He was just off of his best time of 1:59.21, which he swam at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Patrick Hussey finished third with 2:00.51. This was a huge drop for him, taking 3.5 seconds off of his previous best time from 2019. He is now ranked 30th in the all-time Canadian rankings. He previously sat at 107th.

Yu Tong Wu also took a chunk of time off of his personal best, dropping 4.5 seconds to finish 4th in a 2:00.67. The 16-year-old moved from #150 to #33 all-time among Canadians.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 52.70 – Penny Oleksiak (2016)
  • FINA A Standard: 54.38

Podium

  1.  Penny Oleksiak – 52.89
  2.  Kayla Sanchez – 53.77
  3.  Maggie MacNeil – 54.02

Rio gold-medalist Penny Oleksiak posted the third-fastest time in the world this year with a time of 52.70. She was 0.19 seconds off of her Canadian record, which she set at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She will join Taylor Ruck in Tokyo for the event. Oleksiak was already pre-selected to swim the 200 free for the Canadians.

With Simone Manuel out of the 100, Oleksiak is the only 2016 100 free champion with the opportunity to defend her title.

Kayla Sanchez finished second in a time of 53.77, just off of her best time of 53.57 set a month ago. She was under the FINA A cut but will not swim it individually, but she likely earned a spot on the 4×100 free relay. Sanchez won and qualified for Tokyo in the 50 free yesterday.

Ruck was pre-selected after placing fifth at the 2019 World Championships, going a 53.03. She touched fifth in the event tonight, with a 54.58.

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Final

  • Canadian Record: 47.27 – Brent Hayden (2009)
  • FINA A Standard: 48.57

Podium

  1.  Joshua Liendo – 48.13
  2.  Ruslan Gaziev – 48.81
  3.  Markus Thormeyer – 49.24

Top qualifier Yuri Kisil injured his arm during warmup and had to scratch the final. He had not yet picked up a spot on the 2020 Canadian Olympic Team. This left the top spot up for grabs tonight.

Joshua Liendo dropped a second to go a best time of 48.13, touching first in the men’s 100 free. He was the only swimmer in the field to meet the FINA A standard. He swam at the 2019 World Junior Championships, where he won a silver medal in the 100 free. He has already been selected to represent Canada in the 50 free and 100 fly.

Liendo overtakes Kisil as the third-fastest Canadian of all time. Kisil’s 48.28 from Rio is now ranked 4th. He now sits at #15 in the world this year.

Silver medalist Ruslan Gaziev dropped 0.5 seconds to 48.81. He has not qualified for the Olympics but he has swum internationally at the 2017 World Junior Championships, the 2018 Pan Pacs in Tokyo, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has also moved up in the Canadian rankings, going from 10th to 6th.

Markus Thormeyer touched third, going a time of 49.24. He has already been selected to swim the 100 and 200 back in Tokyo. He could be chosen to swim on the 4×100 free relay. He was a member of Canada’s 4×100 free relay in Rio, when they took seventh place.

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Hswimmer
1 month ago

And everyone thought the US trials were slow

SwimFan NU
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Bold to say that 52.89 by Oleksiak was slow

Miss M
Reply to  SwimFan NU
1 month ago

Cheekily, it still wouldn’t have made the podium at Australian Trials!

Seriously, great swim. Can’t wait for the Olympics.

torchbearer
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

AUS seems to be moving further ahead in those two relays….

Imma Loseit
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

I hope you try and understand all the adversity these swimmers have faced this year. The times may not have been as fast as they have been previously BUT this meet was about giving these swimmers a chance to race. That is all that matters.

Kate
Reply to  Imma Loseit
1 month ago

Well, all these swimmers we see at Canadian trials had a luxury of regular practices during covid lockdowns in Canada. No interruptions at all, while all other Canadian swimmers were sweating drylands. All other swimmers had their last swim meet back in March 2020. Now, this elite 20 per event swimmers can surely enjoy their time while the rest is catching up. So fair, right?

NJones
Reply to  Kate
1 month ago

Ok then. Ban them all from training and don’t try to send the best swimmers to the Olympics. That’s a ‘better’ plan…

AnEn
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

I think the only ones who thought that were american fans and maybe some australian fans.

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Bold to say an 18yo who just swum WAYYY faster than any 18&U American in history with a 48.13 100FR tonight is slow. And this is a country with 10x less people in it and way less athletic funding.

njones
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Vague comment…yes some slower events, yes some ‘faster’ events that we had hoped would be better based a ‘fantasy trajectory’,….but overall some very solid results in specific events as well as some youthful breakthroughs…

MTK
1 month ago

52.89 by Penny, wooooo.

Gen D
Reply to  MTK
1 month ago

The Return of the Penny back half, yesss

SwimPim
1 month ago

PENNY boom

Troyy
1 month ago

Penny could do something big in Tokyo.

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

That’s #4 this year behind three Aussies but only two of them will be swimming the individual.

Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Better Canadian than Australian.

Beat those Aussies! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Smith-King-Huske-Manuel
1 month ago

Simone Manuel will beat Canadians and Aussies!

Matterson
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

Simone will beat them some other year you mean 😉

Last edited 1 month ago by Matterson
Ben
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

Not this year. She didn’t qualify.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

First time I’ve seen Penny in a while. She looks so much stronger. Same with Liendo. I’ve noted the Canadians always do a great job with shaping the frame toward the event. Ruck looked okay other than her turnover rate was so laborious it almost looked intentional. Get that woman some energy

TheJudga
1 month ago

Penny!!! Solid 52.8

Ben
Reply to  TheJudga
1 month ago

If I’m not mistaken, it’s the first time she’s ever gone under 53 outside of a major event. She generally goes 53 high during trials. This could be a very good sign.

Gen D
Reply to  Ben
1 month ago

if i remember correctly, the only other time she went sub-53 outside of Rio was in Budapest in 2017 where she went 52.9

Ben
Reply to  Gen D
1 month ago

Yup, and in the trials that year, she went 53.84 in the finals of the trials. She tends to drop a lot between trials and major events.

Troyy
Reply to  Ben
1 month ago

That’s why I said Penny could do something big. We’ll only be able to tell in Tokyo how rested she is for this meet.

CanSwim13
1 month ago

SO happy for Penny

Any word on Kisil?

Gen D
Reply to  CanSwim13
1 month ago

The article says he injured his arm during w-up :/

AnEn
1 month ago

Adding up the 4 fastest times this year, Canada is in 4th place now. 1.2 seconds behind China, 0.7 seconds behind the US and 0.5 seconds ahead of GB.

Ecoach
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

3 Australians are ahead of Oleksiak. AUS Relay add up is much faster than Canadian.

njones
Reply to  Ecoach
1 month ago

We all know that by now…Aus is much faster than the rest of the world…

TheJudga
1 month ago

4×100 still looking solid. But if they want to solidify a medal they need Ruck to at least be sub 54

AnEn
Reply to  TheJudga
1 month ago

Adding up the 4 fastest times this year, Canada is 1.2 seconds behind China and 0.7 seconds behind the US. If all the other women (Oleksiak, Sanchez, MacNeil) don’t improve, Ruck would have to swim 53.7 for Canada to have the same “entry time” as the US. Should be a very interesting fight for silver and bronze between the US, China and Canada. Not sure about China, but the US (Manuel, Huske, Curzan) and Canada have room for improvement until Tokyo.

Last edited 1 month ago by AnEn
Canadianh2o
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

MacNeil was 53.18 on the relay in 2019, when her best time was 54.51. So a big drop will come at the games

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Canadianh2o
1 month ago

MacNeil has heart and steps up in a big way. Anyone who looks at her flat start times is a knucklehead

nuotofan
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

Ok the maths on season times, but – considering also the potential of athletes and their history – I think that The Netherlands have to be cited in the fight for a podium place.