2021 Canadian Trials: Liendo Hits 51.40 Canadian 100 Fly Record During Prelims


The first prelims session of the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials featured the women’s and men’s 100 butterfly as well as the slower heats of the men’s 40o freestyle.

Josh Liendo wasted no time during the session and swam his way to a new Canadian record in the men’s 100 butterfly with a 51.40 to shave 0.43 seconds off Santo Condorelli‘s 51.83 from 2016.

Condorelli, who now swims for Italy internationally, set the record during the semi-finals of the event at the 2016 Olympic Games. Condorelli was out a little bit faster at the time but Liendo managed to come back a little bit quicker and nab the record.

Split Comparison:

Liendo (2021) Condorelli (2016)
50m 24.01 23.97
100m 51.40 51.83

The swim for Liendo is his first time under 52 seconds in the event and improves upon his PB of 52.13 from April 2019. His new Canadian record also means that he is now under the FINA A standard of 51.96 that he needs in order to book his ticket to Tokyo. Liendo has raced this event before for Canada at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships where he placed 7th overall in the final with a 52.51 but actually hit a quicker time of 52.34 during the semis.

200 IM Canadian record holder Finlay Knox followed Liendo in the prelims with a 53.16 which is 1.30 seconds off the FINA A while UBC’s Keir Ogilvie was third in the heats with a 53.73.

Men’s 100 Butterfly Prelims – Top 10

2019 World Champion Maggie MacNeil was also present during the first prelims session and swam her way to a 56.70 in top lead the heats. MacNeil holds the Canadian record in the event at a 55.83 from the 2019 World Championships where she won a gold medal for Canada.

MacNeil actually opened this race quicker than she did for her Canadian record-breaking swim with a 26.68, compared to the 26.77 she used in 2019. MacNeil came back a little slower here, though, with a closing split of 30.02 compared to the  29.06 from 2 years ago.

MacNeil’s time got her under the FINA A cut of 57.92 but was a little slower than her current season-best of 56.14 from last month.

Behind, MacNeil, 2016 Olympian Katerine Savard swam 58.13 for second seed which gets her within striking distance of the FINA A. Rebecca Smith followed with a 58.94 which made her the only other sub-59 swimmer in the field.

Women’s 100 Butterfly Prelims – Top 10

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1 year ago

Great swims this morning. 🔥🇨🇦🔥

1 year ago

Two of their peak weapons, McNeill and Masse, certainly putting out markers to the world that they should definitely be part of the conversation concerning the destination of medals in their peak events.

Will be interesting to see what Liendo delivers in the final but definitely a significant step-up and potentially putting himself as semis at worst.

1 year ago

Are Cole Pratt’s splits in the 100 back correct? 27.37 in the first 50 m and 27.04 in the second 50m (54.41) is an impressive negative split indeed.

1 year ago

Masse with a 58.13 in the prelims

Reply to  CookedLays
1 year ago

Ruck was 5th with a time over 1min. I’m worried about her this Olympics.

Reply to  Canadaman11
1 year ago

I will worry about Ruck is she underperform s in the finals

Reply to  Canadaman11
1 year ago

Watch her not make the team, and people will still try to blame her performance on Stanford

Reply to  CookedLays
1 year ago

Crazy good swim. Fastest since her 58.10 WR back in 2017.

1 year ago

Finally, a Canadian has the CANADIAN national record again.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

It’s Montana Champagne … and still badass

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
1 year ago

Anotha sub 51 incoming, congrats Joshua Liendo

1 year ago

holy moly