2022 Canadian Swimming Trials: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

SATURDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

Saturday’s prelims session will feature the 200 back, 400 IM, para 150 IM and para 200 IM. After winning the 200 IM on the first night of the meet, Sydney Pickrem has scratched the women’s 400 IM this morning. With Summer McIntosh swimming as well as she has been this week, it seems likely the Canadian Record holder will win the event tonight. That leaves one spot on the World Champs roster potentially up for grabs. Tessa Cieplucha and Bailey Andison are the most likely candidates to finish 2nd tonight, so that will be an interesting race to watch.

Kylie Masse will be looking to complete her sweep of the backstroke events tonight. The Canadian Record holder is the top seed in the women’s 200 back this morning by a little over a second. Taylor Ruck, who has finished 3rd in both the 100 free and 200 free, as well as 2nd in the 100 back, is the #2 seed. It appears to be a two-woman race in this event, as Masse and Ruck are seed well ahead of the rest of the field.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith, 2019
  • Canadian Record – 2:05.42, Kylie Masse, 2019
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 2:11.08

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kylie Masse (TSC) – 2:10.70
  2. Taylor Ruck (SCAR) – 2:11.86
  3. Rosie Zavaros (MAC) – 2:12.44
  4. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAMO) – 2:13.34
  5. Regan Rathwell (GO) – 2:13.42
  6. Ingrid Wilm (CASC) – 2:13.94
  7. Katie Schroeder (LOSC) – 2:14.22
  8. Ashley McMillan (GO) – 2:14.63

Swimming a very relaxed looking race, Kylie Masse cruised into the top seed for tonight’s final with a 2:10.70. While the swim was still under the FINA ‘A’ cut, we can expect the Canadian Record holder to be at least a few seconds faster tonight, as she looks to complete her sweep of the backstroke events.

This morning played out more or less how we expected, with Taylor Ruck coming in 2nd, posting a 2:11.86. For Ruck, just like Masse, the time was well off her personal best, and we can expect her to be at least a few seconds faster tonight. In terms of what she needs to do, Ruck just needs to drop down to 2:11.08 to guarantee herself a spot on the World Champs team in the event. As long as no one else comes down and beats the ‘A’ standard too, that would guarantee Ruck the event at Worlds.

Speaking of people who could come down, Rosie Zavaros had an excellent swim this morning, taking 1.61 seconds off her seed time.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol, 2009
  • Canadian Record – 1:56.96, Markus Thormeyer, 2019
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 1:58.07

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Richie Stokes (UCSC) – 2:01.51
  2. Blake Tierney (GOLD) – 2:01.69
  3. Evangelos Makrygiannis (UN) – 2:01.74
  4. Hugh McNeill (UBCT) – 2:01.97
  5. Aiden Norman (UCSC) – 2:03.61
  6. Benjamin Loewen (CREST) – 2:03.86
  7. Loic Courville Fortin (CAMO) – 2:04.05
  8. Laird Douglas (UBCT) – 2:05.59

Swimming in heat 3, Richie Stokes stormed to a 2:01.51, clocking the top time of the morning by 0.18 seconds. There’s some work to be done tonight if anyone in the field is going to qualify for World Champs. With Markus Thormeyer out of the field at this meet, the door is wide open for someone else to take the reigns of Canadian men’s backstroke.

Evangelos Makrygiannis, a Greek National, was 3rd this morning in 2:01.74. As a foreign swimmer, Makrygiannis will be in the ‘B’ final tonight.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu, 2016
  • Canadian Record – 4:29.12, Summer McIntosh, 2022
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 4:43.06

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Summer McIntosh (ESWIM) – 4:38.89
  2. Tessa Cieplucha (MAC) – 4:43.91
  3. Bailey Andison (CPWD) – 4:46.82
  4. Ella Jansen (ESWIM) – 4:47.69
  5. Mabel Zavaros (MAC) – 4:48.76
  6. Kathryn Hazle (UNCAN) – 4:49.15
  7. Emma Finlin (EKSC) – 4:51.68
  8. Julie Brousseau (NKB) – 4:52.36

Summer McIntosh looked relaxed this morning, cruising to a 4:38.89. While that’s a time which could possibly win the event tonight, it was well off the 4:29.12, McIntosh clocked last month to break the Canadian Record, and become the #3 performer all-time in the event.

She swam a solid 1:01.94 on the fly leg this morning, posting a 1:11.40 on backstroke. She then swam a 1:20.99 on the breaststroke leg, then brought it home in 1:04.56 on freestyle. There’s no telling how much faster the 15-year-old phenom will be tonight, but we can comfortably say she at the very least has some more freestyle speed in her, given she was 1:01.89 on the final 100 of the 400 free earlier in the meet.

Tessa Cieplucha and Bailey Andison will be on either side of McIntosh tonight, which means we should have a great battle for 2nd in the middle of the pool. Ella Jansen has also been swimming well this week, and could potentially join the fray.

MEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 4:03.84, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • Canadian Record – 4:11.41, Brian Johns, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 4:17.48

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Collyne Gagne (SFA) – 4:23.13
  2. Jacob Gallant (FAST) – 4:23.20
  3. Lorne Wigginton (UCSC) – 4:24.10
  4. Benjamin Loewen (CREST) – 4:31.99
  5. Matthew Syrgiannis (ROD) – 4:33.77
  6. Kieran Watson (DU) – 4:34.02
  7. Patrick Hussey (PCSC) – 4:34.05
  8. Charlie Skalenda (CREST) – 4:34.86

Collyne Gagne, Jacob Gallant, and Lorne Wigginton set themselves apart from the rest of the field this morning, all finishing within 1 second of each other. Gane was great on the first half 0ff the race, establishing a big early lead thanks to a 57.92 on the fly leg and 1:07.52 on backstroke. The FINA ‘A’ cut sits at 4:17.48, so there’s a lot of work to be done if one or more of these men are going to qualify for World Championships.

WOMEN’S PARA 150 IM – PRELIMS

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Jordan Tucker (GMAC), SB4 – 3:57.43
  2. Niki Ens (LASER), SB2 – 4:32.83
  3. Aly Van Wyck-Smart (VVAC), SB2 – 4:40.10

Jordan Tucker posted the top time of the morning by a huge margin, touching 35 seconds ahead of anyone else. Of course, time isn’t the only important factor in para swimming, however, it’s still notable she was able to put up such a great time.

WOMEN’S PARA 200 IM – PRELIMS

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Aurelie Rivard (CNQ), SB9 – 2:37.68
  2. Emma Van Dyk (GHAC), SB14 – 2:40.36
  3. Marina (BRANT), SB14 – 2:40.91
  4. Katie Cosgriffe (BAD), SB9 – 2:47.48
  5. Arianna Hunsicker (UL), SB9 – 2:53.30
  6. Tess Routliffe (UL), SB7 – 3:08.05
  7. Camille Berube (NG), SB6 – 3:08.36
  8. Danny Dorris (CNBO), SB7 – 3:08.96

In a field featuring many of the top para swimmers we’ve seen throughout this week, Aurelie Rivard again found herself on top, clocking a 2:37.68 this morning.

MEN’S PARA 200 IM – PRELIMS

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Nicholas Bennett (RAC), SB14 – 2:11.35
  2. Alexander Elliot (CNQ), SB9 – 2:19.66
  3. Philippe Vachon (MEGO), SB8 – 2:42.75
  4. Felix Cowan (SAMAK), SB8 – 2:42.80
  5. Zach Zona (NHAC), SB7 – 2:44.38
  6. Connor Bissett (OSC), SB14 – 2:34.28
  7. Hunter Helberg (FMSC), SB12 – 2:43.32
  8. Caleb Arndt (NEW), SB13 – 2:35.74

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Quandale Dingle
4 months ago

Wow, those UCSC boys have been throwing down some fast times. Great to see young Canadian boys swimming well

Cardinal 2.0
4 months ago

How does the Para 150 IM work? Which stroke do they not swim?

Admin
Reply to  Cardinal 2.0
4 months ago

In the 150 IMs, which are generally only swim in SM 1, SM 2, SM 3, and SM 4, which are classifications for athletes with the most severe disabilities, they skip butterfly. So it’s a backstroke-breaststroke-freestyle IM

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Cardinal 2.0
4 months ago

Perfect event for MA.

SwimJon
4 months ago

Summer Mcintosh is just superscary good

RMS
4 months ago

Personally, I think the 200 back is Taylor’s best event. I’d love to see her win this event tonight!

Sherry Smit
4 months ago

Kathryn Hazle of California is the one I’m watching out for in the 400 IM. Likely not this year, but she could pull the upset and get a spot on either the jr team or Sr team.

Yozhik
4 months ago

Finally we have a feature presentation of the entire meet: Summer McIntosh in 400IM.
Is that 4:29 repeatable? Or it was something of beamonesque kind.
So far McIntosh is on par or even slightly better than Hosszu in individual 200 fly and 200 freestyle (textile). And their splits at these two legs reflect exactly this fact.
I don’t know McIntosh’s personal bests in breaststroke and backstroke, but her splits at these legs are very slow compare to Hosszu’s ones. That is where Summer lost 4(!)sec to Katinka.
Today my major interest will not be a final time but if it be some progress in breast and back splits.
McIntosh:
1:09.16 – 1:18.15
Hosszu:
1:07.48 – 1:16.11

Last edited 4 months ago by Yozhik
Former Big10
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

She’s gone best times at this meet… she may not in this race, but all indications point her to being in top form.

John
Reply to  Former Big10
4 months ago

She’s swimming well but not “best times” as you say. Keep in mind she’s got two WJR’s and multiple Canadian records under her belt and she’s here to get on the team and help Canada. She’s swimming quite well considering all the disruptions to her training during the pandemic.

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  John
4 months ago

Except she did swim PBs in her 200/400 free?

John
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
4 months ago

I missed that, for some reason I thought she was faster at OLY trials but happy to here’s got two LTB’s here. I’ve been struggling to watch these live as the live feed is just subpar (production) for me. I’ll pay a little closer to the times

Former Big10
Reply to  John
4 months ago

Ahh, SwimSwam doesn’t have her correct time for the 200 fly. It says 2:057.6…

PFA
Reply to  Former Big10
4 months ago

Ah yes a fine line of not being able to tell what she actually went. Was it 2:05? Or was it 2:07?

But yeah she went 2:07.5

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

She’s 15 with 10 Instagram posts. Yet you can’t wait to pretend this is some pivotal moment of her career. Hosszu was 23 when she flopped in London 2012.

Nearing the end of a long domestic meet with no meaningful opposition does not figure to be particularly fast. The key race for McIntosh this week was 200 freestyle where in not her best event she disposed of the likes of Oleksiak and Ruck.

Last edited 4 months ago by Awsi Dooger
John
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Classic Yozhik…. Why compte her to Hosszu here? I don’t see the value or interest. Similar swimmers with very different backgrounds and countries.

Yozhik
Reply to  John
4 months ago

You forgot to mention that Hosszu also had unfair advantage being 12 years older when swam 4:26.
The reason I mentioned Hosszu is very simple.
Summer McIntosh will be qualified in 5 individual event and one relay at WC after this Trials. How many medals do you think she will bring back home in two months?
In 200 fly – none
In 200 FR – none
In 800FR – none
In 4×200 – none
In 400FR – if Li says “NO” then none
But all these “NONE”s will mean nothing if she set a new World Record in 400IM. Breaking Hosszu’s world record that have been thought would stay forever. Isn’t it a chalange?

Yikes
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Another terrible take by Yozhik. Do us all a favor and take a day off of commenting 😀

bob
Reply to  Yikes
4 months ago

Yozhik should do everyone a favour and stick to his own countries trials.What kind of loser trolls other countries and 15 year old girls.Sad little man.

KRB
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Why are you so obsessed how many medals a 15 year old will or won’t win at the World Championships? Yes, medals will be nice, but she is a fantastic young swimmer who continues to rapidly progress. Why isn’t that good enough for you?

Yozhik
Reply to  KRB
4 months ago

It IS very good. No doubts. It is like a breath of fresh air in the event where the competition development goes backwards in recent years. The only swimmers in the best performances list who were still competing at Olympics last year are Ohashi (26),
Belmont’s (30+) and Hosszu (30+). I honestly believed that IM competition is going to die since training requirements in particular individual stroke became very strong. Even such a super talented swimmer like Sarah Sjostrom couldn’t do very good in both freestyle or butterfly in one season. Whenever she set her bests it was either fly season or freestyle one. And suddenly Summer McIntosh came to the picture. Really, very suddenly. And not simply saying:… Read more »

Troyy
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Even such a super talented swimmer like Sarah Sjostrom couldn’t do very good in both freestyle or butterfly in one season.

Sjostrom set the 100 free WR at the same meet as going 55.53 in 100 fly.
Also McKeon set both her 100 free (51.96) and 100 fly (55.72) PBs at Tokyo.

Yozhik
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Thanks for the correction. But what has happen to Sjostrom in 2017 a few months after changing her coach is hard to explain. With her previous coach that she stayed for very many years the picture was as I described I think.

Canuswim
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Is it really sudden? Details of history. Mcintosh over 3yrs ago at only 12yrs old was 4:50 lcm 400IM. Seems reasonable progression to drop 7sec/yr for a 12 to 15yr old female in this event. Same with 200Fly, 2:15 at 12yrs old which equates to a 3sec drop/yr, reasonable. Many who have followed Mcintosh since the early years are not surprised. Mcintosh biggest surprises since Covid have been in freestyle events after moving to Titley.

Yozhik
Reply to  Canuswim
4 months ago

Only once I followed the progress of 12 years old girl. It was Claire Toggle. But as suddenly as she broke many NAG records her progress slowed down significantly.
4:29 was really sudden to me. If you were expecting it last month then I am taking my hat off admiring your foreseeing abilities.

John
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

I didn’t forget to mention that because I had no Intentions of mentioning this. Just relax and be a swim fan and celebrate great performances. Enough with the incessant comparisons that are borderline nonsensical or irrelevant.

Troyy
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

It’d be very surprising if she strikes out in all of those events and with Titmus skipping WCs both Li and McIntosh could medal in the 400 free (assuming someone else doesn’t spoil the party).

Yozhik
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Will she (Titmus)?

KRB
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Her backstroke is fine. She just doesn’t swim the event very often in competitions.

Her breaststroke was her weakest event, but she made a lot of progress recently training in the US, which led to her breakthrough performance in the 400IM. There is a good interview online with Titley and her progress and training leading up to that swim.

No need to anyone to over-analyze her time tonight. All she needs to do is to qualify.

And it doesn’t make sense to spend too much time comparing individual strokes within the medley between individual swimmers. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, so it’s natural that some strokes will be faster or slow compared to other swimmers.

Last edited 4 months ago by KRB
Excellent English Equivalent
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Verbal obstacle courses wear me out more that the 400IM…hard pass.

Yozhik
Reply to  Excellent English Equivalent
4 months ago

Sorry, English isn’t even my second language. 😀
But if the USA immigration policy stay as it is now that is how Americans will speak in the nearest future.

Excellent English Equivalent
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

It’s not the language, it’s the unnecessary points you mention that clutter the path of discussion.