2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- June 19 – June 23, 2021
- Toronto, Ontario
- Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Olympic Qualifying Event
- Swimming Canada Olympic Selection Criteria
- Meet Package
- Psych Sheets
- Live results
2016 Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak came in strong during day 4 prelims at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials with a 54.00 100 freestyle to claim top seed heading into the final.
Oleksiak’s 54.00 was under the FINA A standard of 54.38 which is the time it will take in order to qualify for the Olympics in the event during the final. Oleksiak holds a PB of 52.70 in the 100 freestyle which she swam 5 years ago to win gold in the women’s 100 freestyle at the Rio Olympics. That mark is also the current Canadian record in the event.
While the 54.00 was good enough to earn top seed, she was actually a little bit faster a few weeks ago at the Take5 High-Performance time trial in Toronto when she hit a 53.67. In fact, Oleksiak’s prelim swim here was only her 20th fastest swim ever.
During the finals, there will only be 1 Olympic spot up for grabs in the event as Taylor Ruck was pre-selected in the event based on her 53.03 5th place finish at the 2019 World Championships.
Ruck was present during the prelims and swam a 54.73 which trails her 52.72 PB in the event from the 2018 Pac Pacific Swimming Championships.
With only 1 spot on the line, Oleksiak will need to hold off a rather difficult field in what is arguably Canada’s deepest event right now.
Olympic qualified Kayla Sanchez will be racing in the final as second seed, having posted a 54.18 during the prelims which is also under the FINA A standard. Last night, Sanchez made the Olympic team by winning the 50 freestyle with a 24.68.
Following Oleksiak, Ruck, and Sanchez, Katerine Savard was a 54.82 for 4th overall and Rebecca Smith and Maggie MacNeil tied for 5th in a 54.88. MacNeil and Savard have already qualified for the Games in the 100 butterfly after placing going 1-2 in the event on night 1.
Additionally, both Smith and Savard have also likely qualified to race the 4×200 relay in Tokyo after placing 3rd and 4th, respectively in the final.