2022 Canadian Swimming Trials: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

TUESDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

The 2022 Canadian Trials kick off this morning in Victoria, on the west coast of the country. This morning’s action will kick off with the men’s and women’s para 50 breast and 100 breast. Then, we’ll move into the men’s and women’s 200 IM, 100 back, and 400 free. Reminder that this meet serves as the selection meet for both World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

15-year-old Summer McIntosh is the top seed in the women’s 400 free today. McIntosh made waves last month when she clocked world-leading times in the 400 IM and 200 fly, so we’ll be watching to see how her freestyle looks this week.

The women’s 100 back is set to be an exciting race. Kylie Masse holds the Canadian Record at 57.70. Taylor Ruck is coming off a successful season at Stanford University in the U.S., and is the #2 seed in this event. Ingrid Wilm also comes in under 1:00, and there is a handful of women knocking on the sub-1:00 door.

WOMEN’S 50 BREAST PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Niki Ens (LASER), S3 – 1:56.84

The only swimmer in the field, Ens clocked a 1:56.84 this morning in preparation for her finals swim tonight. The time comes in 11 seconds off her entry time.

MEN’S 50 BREAST PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Jacob Brayshaw (KISU), S2 – 2:04.34

Similarly, Jacob Brayshaw was the only swimmer in the field this morning, touching in 2:04.34. His time came in just off his entry time of 2:01.25.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Justine Morrier (RIS), S14 – 1:25.63
  2. Katarina Roxon (AASC), S9 – 1:27.16
  3. Emma Van Dyk (GHAC), S14 – 1:29.84
  4. Tess Routliffe (UL), S7 – 1:36.83
  5. Abi Tripp (CNQ), S8 – 1:37.40
  6. Camille Berube (NG), S7 – 1:45.08
  7. Tatiana Nault (CNBF), S8 – 1:47.61
  8. Dee Kisser (UL), S6 – 1:51.54

Tess Routliffe bettered her entry time by nearly 5 seconds, swimming a 1:36.83.

MEN’S 100 BREAST PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Nicholas Bennett (RAC), S14 – 1:05.39
  2. James Leroux (UL), SB9 – 1:12.09
  3. Jagdev Gill (UCRO), S10 – 1:16.02
  4. Caleb Arndt (NEW), S13 – 1:19.57
  5. Gabriel Martel (BBF), S11 – 1:26.08
  6. Philippe Vachon (MEGO), S8 – 1:27.45
  7. Matthew Cabraja (COBRA), S11 – 1:29.26
  8. Felix Cowan (SAMAK), S8 – 1:32.76

Nicholas Bennett cracked his own SB14 Canadian Record with his performance this morning.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – PRELIMS

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAMO) – 2:13.41
  2. Sydney Pickrem (TSC) – 2:13.45
  3. Bailey Andison (CPWD) – 2:14.27
  4. Tessa Cieplucha (MAC) – 2:14.40
  5. Ashley McMillan (GO) – 2:15.77
  6. Julie Brousseau (NKB) – 2:16.38
  7. Nina Kucheran (SLSC) – 2:16.89
  8. Mia West (MANTA) – 2:16.97

Swimming in the first of the circle seeded heats, Mary-Sophie Harvey ended up clocking the top time of the morning, coming in at 2:13.41. Sydney Pickrem, the top seed and Canadian Record holder in the event (2:08.61) was right behind, winning the final heat in 2:13.45. Nina Kucheran swam a new career best of 2:16.89 to post the 7th fastest time of the morning.

A few 18&unders clocked personal bests by big margins this morning. 15-year-old Julie Brosseau swam a 2:16.38, taking 2 seconds off her previous best.

Tonight’s final should be an interesting race, as the top seeds coming in, Pickrem, Andison, Harvey, Cieplucha, and McMillan were all off their seed times this morning.

MEN’S 200 IM – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Finlay Knox (SCAR) – 1:59.52
  2. Collyn Gagne (SFA) – 2:02.95
  3. Justice Migneault (UBCT) – 2:05.14
  4. Lorne Wigginton (UCSC) – 2:05.40
  5. Benjamin Loewen (CREST) – 2:05.85
  6. Tristan Jankovics (WCW) – 2:06.92
  7. Charlie Skalenda (CREST) – 2:06.97
  8. Jacob Rambo (UVPCS) – 2:07.57

Even with no one to push him this morning, Canadian Record holder Finlay Knox wasted no time, speeding to a 1:59.52 this morning. Knox swam a well-rounded race, splitting 24.88 on fly, 30.77 on back, 34.76 on breast, and 29.11. He appeared to shut it down a little heading into the finish, so we’ll see if that free split dips under 29 tonight.

Collyn Gagne essentially matched Knox’s backstroke split this morning, swimming a 30.99. However, Gagne was out in 26.39 on fly, and swam 35.94 on breast, which combined to be nearly 3 seconds off Knox’s splits on those lengths. Gagne was about half a second off his entry time of 2:02.44.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kylie Masse (TSC) – 58.41
  2. Ingrid Wilm (CASC) – 59.77
  3. Taylor Ruck (SCAR) – 1:00.73
  4. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAMO) – 1:00.90
  5. Regan Rathwell (GO) – 1:01.11
  6. Ashley McMillan (GO) – 1:01.32
  7. Danielle Hanus (UBCT) – 1:01.35
  8. Brooklyn Douthwright (CNBO) – 1:02.17

Kylie Masse cruised to a new season best this morning, clocking the #2 time in the world this year with a 58.41. Here are the top 5 performances in the world from September 1, 2021, through today.

1 KAYLEE
MCKEOWN
AUS 58.31 02/19 2022 VICTORIA OPEN
VICTORIA, AUS
2 KYLIE
MASSE
CAN 58.41 04/05 2022 CANDIAN SWIMMING TRIALS
VICTORIA, CAN
3 REGAN
SMITH
USA 58.69 12/03 TOYOTA US OPEN 2021
GREENSBORO, USA
4 CLAIRE
CURZAN
USA 58.94 03/05 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES WESTMONT 2022
WESTMONT, USA
5 MEDI
HARRIS
GBR 59.24 02/25 MCCULLAGH INTERNATIONAL MEET
BANGOR, IRL

Ingrid Wilm chipped 0.1 seconds off her entry time to post the 2nd fastest time of the morning with a 59.77. Taylor Ruck was a bit off this morning, swimming a relaxed looking 1:00.73. Granted, Ruck safely made the A final for tonight, so it wasn’t necessary for her to be any faster.

Notably, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Ashley McMillan both made the A final in this race, meaning both have qualified for the A final in both the 200 IM and 100 back tonight. That will be a tough double, so we’ll see if they stick with it.

MEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kacper Stokowski (NCS) – 54.42
  2. Blake Tierney (GOLD/UBCT) – 54.45
  3. Javier Acevedo (MAC) – 54.76
  4. Evangelos Makrygiannis (UN-CA) – 54.94
  5. Tayden de Pol (UBCT) – 56.13
  6. Loic Courville Fortin (CAMO) – 56.23
  7. Richie Stokes (UCSC) – 56.30
  8. Hugh McNeil (UBCT) – 56.77

Four men went under 55 seconds this morning, led by Polish swimmer Kacper Stokowski, who trains in the U.S. at NC State University. Stokowski built a solid lead on the first 5o in the final heat this morning, but Blake Tierney closed on him fast over the final 25 meters. Stokowski ended up getting his hand on the wall first, but Tierney was just 0.03 seconds behind.

Notably, the FINA ‘A’ cut sits at 54.03 in this event, and without Markus Thormeyer or Cole Pratt competing, it’s up to Blake Tierney and Javier Acevedo to try and carry the torch for Canada in the event this summer.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Summer McIntosh (ESWIM) – 4:08.01
  2. Katrina Bellio (ESWIM) – 4:13.75
  3. Mabel Zavaros (MAC) – 4:16.09
  4. Ella Jansen (ESWIM) – 4:16.38
  5. Yara Hierath (NCS) – 4:16.78
  6. Emma O’Croinin (UBCT) – 4:17.22
  7. Kathryn Hazle (UNCAN)/Emma Finlin (EKSC) – 4:18.56

Summer McIntosh took the race out quick this morning, swimming a 2:00.90 on the first 200. After that, the 15-year-old either chose to shut it down or didn’t have enough left, coming home in 2:07.11 on the back half. Nonetheless, the swim was McIntosh’s best time of the year, and was good to earn her the top seed for tonight’s final by a huge margin.

Katrina Bellio posted a strong morning time of 4:13.75 to join McIntosh in the middle of the pool tonight. Notably, Emma O’Croinin, the #2 seed and only other sub-4:10 in the field besides McIntosh, was well off her best time this morning, clocking a 4:17.22 to finish 6th.

Winning heat 4, Naomi Slee had a great performance, touching in 4:21.58 to take 3 seconds off her entry time.

MEN’S 400 FREE  – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Eric Brown (PCSC) – 3:52.89
  2. Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) – 3:53.65
  3. Sebastian Paulins (BRANT) – 3:54.35
  4. Adam Wu (SKSC) – 3:58.45
  5. Alex Axon (MAC) – 3:58.83
  6. Hayden Ghufran (TSC) – 3:58.97
  7. Liam Clawson-Honeyman (NG) – 4:00.05
  8. Diego Paz (UOFA) – 4:00.28

Eric Brown led the way this morning, taking a second off his seed time with a 3:52.89. Jeremy Bagshaw, the top seed in the event entering today, came in 2nd with a 3:53.65.

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hhhh
4 months ago

What time is finals?

Julie
4 months ago

Lorne Wigginton did a great job making the finals in both the 200 IM and 400 free both with best times. Looks like he dropped the 400 to focus on the 200. Not bad for a 16 yo.

Wayne🇨🇦From The Edmonton Operation
Reply to  Julie
4 months ago

Two best times and a good drop for this youngster. I like that double – it is not an easy one 2IM and the 4Free. He’ll be gunning for a spot on the Jr pan pac team which isn’t going to be easy given the number of girls that will be taking up a lot of the spots (QT standards based off a % of FINA “A”) but if he can get a 2:04 or 3:58 out of himself he should be in a pretty good position. Wigginton made some big improvements over the summer of 2021 despite the absolute 💩 show that was 2021 for competitive opportunities for kids like him in Canada. I think this is his first national… Read more »

swimswamswum
4 months ago

did yara hierath switch countries she is competing for (from germany to canada)?

John
Reply to  swimswamswum
4 months ago

Not sure but Canadian Trials are open to competitors from other countries (generally no A finals for foreigners)

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  swimswamswum
4 months ago

No. She’s still German.

Yozhik
4 months ago

At previous meet we saw same way McIntosh was swimming 400 FR: 3:01 first 300m and then practically stopping swimming. Having no competition to get qualified tonight in final there would be no reason for her to show something exciting. She may even consider this meet a training one that doesn’t require special preparation.

Yozhik
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

On the second thought she maybe still can try to take one record from Ledecky: being the youngest swimmer who broke 4 minutes barrier in 400FR LCM. Ledecky did it at the age of 16.

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
4 months ago

Really excited to see the women’s 200 IM tonight. 5 girls could get under the standard, it’s going to be a dogfight.

Tan Iorphe
4 months ago

« Jacob Rambo » greatest name ever

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
4 months ago

Masse looking sharp, 58.41 (out in 28 flat).

CanSwim
4 months ago

Very quick prelims swim by Kylie Masse at 58.41. Looking forward to seeing what she has in store for tonight’s final!

Njones
Reply to  CanSwim
4 months ago

Kylie Masse is simply a 58 point backstroke machine. As shown in 2021 she dipped into 57 territory when needed most: Trials, Olympic final, and Medley relay final. But she can always produce 58s on demand. I wonder if she has surpassed Seebhom yet for the most sub 59s in history?

Swimfan
Reply to  Njones
4 months ago

She needs about 9 more to surpass Seebhom according to this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_record_progression_100_metres_backstroke

Troyy
Reply to  Njones
4 months ago

According to the list below Seebohm has 45 sub 59 swims and Masse has 31 (32 if you include her swim today).

http://nuotomondiale.altervista.org/files/100dorso_w_perf.pdf