2022 Canadian Trials: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

THURSDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

Thursday morning’s prelims session at the 2022 Canadian Trials will feature the 50 fly, 100 breast, 200 free, para 50 fly and para 100 free.

Notably, 100 fly champion Maggie McNeil is not entered in the 50 fly. Given MacNeil’s interview with the CBC, wherein she revealed that she will not be racing individually at the 2022 World Championships, the decision not to race the 50 fly makes sense. Additionally, top seed Katerine Savard scratched the race after qualifying for World Championships in the 100 fly last night. Savard will be racing the 200 free this morning.

After a great showing at the U Sports Championships a few weeks ago, Kelsey Wog is set to make her debut in the 100 breast. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the women’s 100 breast today, since Canada is a world class breaststroke leg away from vying for Gold at the World Championships this summer. Sydney Pickrem and Mary-Sophie Harvey, the two Worlds qualifiers in the women’s 200 IM, will also be in the women’s 100 breast today.

After exiting the 100 fly early in prelims yesterday, Penny Oleksiak is still slated to swim  the 200 free this morning, where she is the top seed. We received information that Oleksiak planned to get out after a 50 in the 100 fly, though we didn’t receive an explanation of why she planned to do so.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Danny Dorris (CNBO), SB7 – 33.90
  2. Tess Routliffe (UL), SB7 – 36.83
  3. Myriam Soliman (MUST), SB6 – 42.68
  4. Camille Berube (NG), SB6 – 43.28
  5. Jessica Tinney (KYPS), SB4 – 1:12.12
  6. Clemence Pare (SAMAK), SB5 – 1:14.27

MEN’S 50 FLY PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

 

WOMEN’S 50 FLY – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom, 2014
  • Canadian Record – 25.62, Penny Oleksiak, 2017
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 26.32

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kylie Masse (TSC) – 27.01
  2. Kamryn Cannings (UCSC) – 27.26
  3. Hanna Henderson (ESWIM) – 27.57
  4. Ingrid Wilm (CASC) – 27.81
  5. Leila Fack (LOSC) – 27.92
  6. Eva Kovaluk (CAMO) – 27.97
  7. Roxane Lemieux (NN) – 28.10
  8. Teagan Vander Leek (EKSC) – 2813

50 and 100 backstroke champion Kylie Masse notched the top time of the morning in the 50 fly, swimming a 27.01. Ingrid Wilm, who finished in the top 3 in both the women’s 100 back and 50 back, has qualified for this super final as well.

MEN’S 50 FLY – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 22.27, Andriy Govorov,2018
  • Canadian Record – 23.30, Santo Condorelli, 2015
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 23.63

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Josh Liendo (NYAC) – 23.72
  2. Alexandre Perreault (OTTSC) – 24.70
  3. Dmitriy Lim (UBCT) – 24.76
  4. Yuri Kisil (WS) – 24.88
  5. Gabriel Tejada (OTTSC) – 24.90
  6. Padric McKervill (UVPCS)/Kier Przyswitt (UOFA) – 24.97
  7. Filip Senc-Samardzic (TSC) – 25.00

Fresh off breaking the Canadian Record in the 100 fly last night, Josh Liendo looked great this morning, speeding to the top time of the heats with a 23.72. Liendo was out in 23.63 in the 100 fly last night, so we can expect a much faster swim tonight.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 1:04.13, Lilly King, 2017
  • Canadian Record – 1:05.74, Annamay Pierse, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 1:07.43

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Rachel Nicol (UCSC) – 1:08.13
  2. Sophie Angus (UNCAN) – 1:08.20
  3. Avery Wiseman (OSC) – 1:09.00
  4. Kierra Smith (KAJ) – 1:09.03
  5. Sydney Pickrem (TSC) – 1:09.45
  6. Kelsey Wog (UM) – 1:09.51
  7. Hannah Brunzell (NU) – 1:10.01
  8. Nina Kucheran (SLSC) – 1:10.18

In heat 6, Rachel Nicol and Sophie Angus went head-to-head in a thrilling race, swimming stroke-for-stroke through the final 50. Nicol would get her hands on the wall just 0.07 seconds ahead of Angus, 1:08.13 to 1:08.20. The remaining heats would be won with 1:09s.

Sydney Pickrem, 200 IM champion from night 1, won the final heat this morning, pulling ahead of top-seeded Kelsey Wog in the final meters of the race. Outside of Angus, who bettered her seed time, many swimmers were off this morning. We’ll see if that changes tonight.

Notably, Hannah Brunzell, who swims for Northwestern University in the United States, is a Swedish national, and therefore will be relegated to the ‘B’ final tonight.

MEN’S 100 BREAST – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 56.88, Adam Peaty, 2019
  • Canadian Record – 59.85, Scott Dickens, 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 59.75

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. James Dergousoff (UL) – 1:01.80
  2. Justice Migneault (UBCT) – 1:01.82
  3. Gabe Mastromatteo (KSS) – 1:02.12
  4. Apollo Hess (UOFL) – 1:02.19
  5. Jonathan Sebastian Cook (PHI) – 1:03.72
  6. Graeme Aylward (TSC) – 1:03.83
  7. Aiden Luykenaar (UCSC) – 1:03.84
  8. Hugo Lemesle (OTT) – 1:04.02

A great race has been set up for tonight, as the top 4 swims this morning were separated by just 0.39 seconds. Notably, Justice Migneault was the top seed coming into the race, entering with his personal best of 1:00.11. We’ll need to keep an eye on him tonight, as his personal best is very close to both the Canadian Record of 59.85 and the FINA ‘A” cut of 59.75. James Dergousoff, who swam the top time this morning, is the only swimmer other than Mastromatteo in this field who has been under 1:01 before.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 1:52.98, Federica Pelligrini, 2009
  • Canadian Record – 1:54.44, Taylor Ruck, 2018
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 1:58.66

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Summer McIntosh (ESWIM) – 1:57.61
  2. Penny Oleksiak (TSC) – 1:58.17
  3. Kayla Sanchez (AAC) – 1:58.80
  4. Katerine Savard (CAMO) – 1:58.95
  5. Taylor Ruck (SCAR) – 1:59.19
  6. Rebecca Smith (UCSC) – 1:59.20
  7. Mary-Sophie Harvey (CAMO) – 2:00.02
  8. Emma O’Croinin (UBCT) – 2:00.37

15-year-old Summer McIntosh led the way this morning, swimming a 1:57.61. Broadly speaking, the times were a bit slow this morning. The top 12 seeds were all entered under 2:00, but only 6 swimmers cracked that mark in the heats. Nonetheless, we have the field we expected in tonight’s final.

The final shpuld be an exciting race. We saw McIntosh drop big from prelims to finals in the 400 free earlier in the meet, so we may see something similar tonight. Penny Oleksiak was the top seed coming into today with a 1:54.70, and Taylor Ruck, although seeded at 1:56.97, is the Canadian Record holder (1:54.44).

MEN’S 200 FREE – PRELIMS:

  • World Record – 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann, 2009
  • Canadian Record – 1:46.40, Brent Hayden, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 1:47.06

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Ruslan Gaziev (ESWIM) – 1:49.16
  2. Finlay Knox (SCAR) – 1:49.52
  3. Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) – 1:50.52
  4. Blake Tierney (GOLD) – 1:50.98
  5. Patrick Hussey (PCSC) – 1:51.09
  6. Javier Acevedo ((MAC) – 1:51.16
  7. Sebastian Paulins (BRANT) – 1:51.66
  8. Mathew Fuller (ISC) – 1:51.95

Ruslan Gaziev, who swims collegiately for Ohio State University in the U.S., clocked a 1:49.16 to chip 0.29 seconds off his seed time. Gaziev split the race really well this morning, swimming 25.81, 27.60, 28.06, and 27.69 respectively on each 50, for a 53.41 on the first 100, and 55.75 on the back half.

Swimming the 2nd-fastest time of the morning, Finlay Knox was out in 52.36 on the first 100, then slowed down a bit on the back end, coming home in 57.16. Knox broke the Canadian Record in the 200 IM earlier in the meet.

The pair has work to do in order to qualify for Canada’s World Champs team in the event, as the FINA ‘A’ cut sits a 1:47.06, well under either swimmer’s personal best.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE PARA – PRELIMS

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Aurelie Rivard (CNQ), SB9 – 1:01.52
  2. Shelby Newkirk (LASER), SB5 – 1:17.12
  3. Katarine Roxon (AASC), SB8 – 1:07.78
  4. Arianna Hunsicker (UL), SB9 – 1:04.62
  5. Abi Tripp (CNQ), SB7 – 1:12.18
  6. Katie Cosgriffe (BAD), SB9 – 1:06.77
  7. Sabrina Duchesne (UL), SB7 – 1:19.17
  8. Jordan Tucker (GMAC), SB4 – 2:05.74

MEN’S 100 FREE PARA – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Felix Cowan (SAMAK), SB8 – 1:02.33
  2. Philippe Vachon (MEGO), SB8 – 1:02.78
  3. Matthew Cabraja (COBRA), SB11 – 1:04.05
  4. Alexander Elliot (CNQ), SB11 – 56.22
  5. Zach Zona (NHAC), SB7 – 1:05.04
  6. Jagdev Gill (UCRO), SB9 – 57.41
  7. Hunter Helberg (FMSC), SB12 – 1:03.75
  8. Caleb Arndt (NEW), SB13 – 1:02.86

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Yozhik
2 months ago

It would be nice to see SM going all in tonight. So it will give us a good piece of information about her form and how much attention has she paid to this meet. It will help to understand about her 4:01. Was she just warming up or that is where her limits are for now.
But I don’t think she will try that hard at the evening session. At the end the goal is to get qualified and I think even 1:56 low will be enough. She also has 200 fly and then 400IM following. And at 400IM she may want to achieve something substantial that will be approved by FINA. Therefore putting more than enough efforts at… Read more »

FormerSwimParentofTwo
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

How about letting the 15 yr old just swim and stop psychoanalyzing and scrutinizing every minutia. Were lucky to watch her throw down crazy swims, is that not enough.

Yozhik
Reply to  FormerSwimParentofTwo
2 months ago

Of course, no. If the enjoying the competition and the manifestation of human great abilities were enough then this comment section will be empty. People like talking and everybody here knows more about swimming than professional coaches and pro swimmers. I am not an exception.

Sub13
2 months ago

Some good times from the women!

Interesting side note: Kaylee McKeown swam a 4:34 400IM in Australia yesterday for the second fastest time in the world this year after Summer’s 4:29. Interested to see if Summer improves that mark here at trials.

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Sub13
2 months ago

Do you have a link to the results of that Aussie meet?

Tracy Kosinski
2 months ago

Another event for SM to break a WR. Not today, although, that would be lovely. I think she’s on track to break WRs Olympic year.

Pete
2 months ago

Anyone else find it odd that Smith and Bagshaw are still competing?

John
Reply to  Pete
2 months ago

No, why?

njones
Reply to  Pete
2 months ago

There need to be more athletes of this age and experience that are encouraged to and have the personal, financial motivation to do so. New pro opportunities like ISL have and do help (except this summer of course). Why can’t Bagshaw still compete if he is enjoying it and motivated to try to make Nat teams, even if he may have reached his competitive ceiling? Still can be a valued leader (ie veteran NHL 4th liner), and is potential contributor to the men’s 4×2 Relay. Until at least 4 or up to 6 200 Freestylers are faster than him…

John A
2 months ago

Why is Bagshaw still swimming at this point?

Gen D
Reply to  John A
2 months ago

Because he likes to?

Canadian Swammer
Reply to  John A
2 months ago

John Atkinson?!

John
Reply to  John A
2 months ago

Stop gate keeping this wonderful sport

Noah
2 months ago

Summer went out 1:57 in her 4 fr. That whole field will be way faster tonight!

Yozhik
Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Please don’t exaggerate. It was 1:58.28

njones
2 months ago

Women’s 200 Freestyle Final:

  1. Olympic medalist
  2. NCAA champion
  3. World SC medalist
  4. World SC 400 Fr medalist, #3 all time 400 IM
  5. & 6…. 2 1:56 capable swimmers, long time relay members

4 of the 6 swimmers above will NOT make Canada’s World Champs team Individually….this might be “the” single deepest event Canada has ever seen at a National Championships…

(I remember late 90s at PanPacs, defending World Champ Michael Klim was racing prelims of the 200 FR, and in order to simply make the final, 2 per country limit, he had to post a time in the 1st circle seeded heat faster than the recent world record holder in the event, Grant Hackett, and the wonderkid Ian Thorpe….)

ALDASP
Reply to  njones
2 months ago

good thing is that one of those two 5/6 swimmers have already made the team in 100 fly – but I agree this event along with the 1fr is a bloodbath

MTK
2 months ago

Those breaststroke prelim times are…yuck. I knew the men’s times wouldn’t be great, but I sure hope the women were dogging it.