2022 Canadian Trials Day 5 Scratch Report: 200 IM Champ Pickrem Out of 400 IM

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

SATURDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

Saturday prelims of the 2022 Canadian Swimming Trials will feature the 200 backstroke, 400 IM, para 150 IM and para 200 IM. We have quite a few highly seeded scratches to report this morning, despite the thin schedule.

Firstly, both #2 seeds in the women’s and men’s 400 IM have scratched the race this morning. Sydney Pickrem, the 200 IM champion from day 1, will not be competing in the 400 IM this morning. That makes the path to World Champs qualification easier for Tessa Cieplucha and Bailey Andison, who are the #3 and 4 seeds in the event. On top of Pickrem, #8 seed Ashley McMillan, has also scratched out of the event.

Brodie Young, the #2 seed in the men’s 400 IM, has also scratched the race this morning. That makes Collyn Gagne the fastest entrant in the race this morning by nearly 5 seconds.

There was a trio of notable seeds in the men’s 200 back. Firstly, Javier Acevedo, the #4 seed in the event, has scratched. It’s an interesting move by Acevedo, as the 200 back was perhaps his best shot at qualifying for the World Championships team this summer. Additionally, Tayden de Pol, the #7 seed, will also not be competing. Finlay Knox has been swimming well this week. He was entered 14th in the event, but has scratched.

#11 seed Lauren Crisp is out of the women’s 200 back.

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Sherry Smit
9 months ago

400 IM is rough and not for everyone. Do what’s mentally right for you. If you don’t enjoy distance, don’t do it. If you don’t like sprints, don’t do it

Hswimmer
9 months ago

Why enter 400 IM at every meet if you aren’t going to swim it?

John
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

As a coach, I always say enter the events your qualified in (within reason) because you never know what will happen during the competition. If you’re an IM’er like Sydney and something happens during her 200IM she still has the 400 available to qualify for worlds and commies in. She successfully won her 200 so no need for 400 now.

Ghost
9 months ago

Pickrem not swimming 4im is no surprise. It would have been more of a surprise if she actually swam it.

bob
9 months ago

I miss Byron Macdonald on the cbc broadcast..is he ok?

John
Reply to  bob
9 months ago

He’s fine, his women won the university championships last week I believe. he only announces at the OLY games. Chris HW announces the rest of the major meets and does a great job as well.

bob
Reply to  John
9 months ago

The announcer here does a nice job but miss Byrons little insides on all the swimmers like at last years trials…..thanx for the info..

John
Reply to  bob
9 months ago

Chris does a great job and even announces in the states at some of their major meets. Swim Canada needs to figure out it’s streaming issues and A/V issues as I’ve noticed these trials have been… challenging to watch, to say the least.

Canadaswimfan
Reply to  John
9 months ago

I totally agree, the webcast is very unpolished. The sound is inaudible at times, they mistime the cutting of microphones from the on deck announcers to the webcast announcers, the cameras do not capture the race in a way that you can follow it, you can’t hear the swimmers very well when they are speaking after their race. I could go on and on. It is kind of embarrassing I must say

NJones
Reply to  John
9 months ago

Chris is awesome and “the voice” of Canadian swimming, but he is the on deck announcer only. In the booth instead of Byron and a CBC host, they’ve got Jason Pratt and another lady in not familiar with. Pratt was a national level swimmer back in early 90s and has commentated a number of national/uni/Canada Games etc type meets in the absence of Byron. And Cole Pratt is his son!

Mrs. Swimming
Reply to  NJones
9 months ago

Chris is great as always with the live announcing and interviews, not familiar with the new CBC announcer but he seems to misspeak a lot and chooses odd things to highlight. As Abby Dunford was lapping someone in the 1500 he decided it was important to say the name and club of the swimmer being lapped, felt high unnecessary and embarrassing.