2022 Canadian Trials: Day 6 Finals Live Recap

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

DAY 6 FINALS HEAT SHEET

The final session of the 2022 Canadian Trials is here. Tonight, we have finals of the 200 breast, 50 free, and para 100 back. There will also be timed finals of the fastest heat of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free.

The lineup for tonight is an exciting one. Both Kayla Sanchez and Josh Liendo were great in prelims of the 50 free this morning. Sanchez led the women’s 50 with a 24.82, leading the field by a huge margin. Liendo sped to a new personal best, swimming a 21.79, which sits just 0.06 seconds off the Canadian Record.

WOMEN’S PARA 100 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

PODIUM:

  • Shelby Newkirk (LASER), SB5 – 1:20.76
  • Danny Dorris (CNBQ), SB7 – 1:24.71
  • Aurelie Rivard (CNQ), SB9 – 1:11.92

Shelby Newkirk to 1.17 seconds off her prelims performance to win the women’s para 100 back title. Reminder: para events aren’t ranked strictly by time, rather, there’s a point system that ranks the swims based off how close they are to the World Record in each swimmer’s respective class.

MEN’S PARA 100 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

PODIUM:

  1. Alexander Elliot (CNQ), SB9 – 1:03.02
  2. Tyson MacDonald (ROW), SB14 – 1:06.19
  3. Felix Cowan (SAMAK), SB8 – 1:13.88

Alexander Elliot clocked posted both the fastest and the highest scoring time in the field, earning the title in the men’s para 100 back. Elliot took 1.21 seconds off his prelims swim with the performance.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record – 2:18.95, Tatjana Schoenmaker, 2021
  • Canadian Record – 2:20.12, Annamay Pierse, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 2:25.91

PODIUM:

  1. Kelsey Wog (UM) – 2:24.87
  2. Rachel Nicol (UCSC) – 2:26.75
  3. Tessa Cieplucha (MAC) – 2:26.84

After a fairly lackluster prelims swim, Kelsey Wog took control of this race from the start. Establishing a lead on the first 50, Wog would continue to grow her lead as the race progressed. She was incredible through the first 150 of the race, splitting 32.71, 36.79, and 37.05 on the first 3 50s respectively. She faded a bit down the stretch, however, coming home in 38.32. Nonetheless, the swim stands as a season best for Wog, and she came in well under the FINA ‘A’ cut, punching her ticket to Budapest this summer.

Rachel Nicol and Tessa Cieplucha also took time of their prelims performances, but unfortunately, neither hit the ‘A’ cut of 2:25.91. For Nicol, it marked her first personal best in the event in 6 years.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record – 2:06.12, Anton Chupkov, 2019
  • Canadian Record – 2:08.84, Mike Brown, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 2:10.32

PODIUM:

  1. James Dergousoff (UL) – 2:13.84
  2. Finlay Knox (SCAR) – 2:13.96
  3. Apollo Hess (UOFL) – 2:15.53

50 breast champion Apollo Hess got out to an early lead, swimming a smooth, powerful stroke on the first 50. Finlay Knox, the 200 IM champion, was just slightly behind Hess early on. At the 100, Hess and Knox were neck-and-neck, then Knox started to pull away on the 3rd 50. James Dergousoff swam a more conservative race, closing on Knox and Hess on the 3rd 50, then bursting into the lead early on the 4th 50.

Dergousoff would end up edging out Knox at the touch, swimming a 2:13.84, much faster than this morning. Everyone in the field was well off the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:10.32, so it’s looking unlikely that Canada will have a swimmer in the men’s 200 breast at World Champs this summer.

Jonathan Sebastian Cook dominated the ‘B’ final, swimming a 2:17.55.

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • World Record – 23.67, Sarah Sjostrom, 2017
  • Canadian Record – 24.26, Taylor Ruck, 2018
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 25.04

PODIUM:

  1. Kayla Sanchez (AAC) – 24.93
  2. Hannah Cornish (USC) – 25.58
  3. Roxane Lemieux (NN) – 25.70

Although she was 0.09 seconds slower than this morning, Kayla Sanchez still managed to pick up her 2nd title of the meet, swimming a 24.93. She was in a field of her own tonight, touching first by over half a second. As she was this morning, Sanchez was under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 25.04, guaranteeing her a spot in the event at World Championships this summer.

Hannah Cornish had a great swim for 2nd, taking 0.32 seconds off her prelims time.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • World Record – 20.91, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • Canadian Record – 21.73, Brent Hayden, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 22.18

PODIUM:

  1. Josh Liendo (NYAC) – 21.63 (CANADIAN RECORD)
  2. Yuri Kisil (WS) – 22.17
  3. Owen Guyn (LASC) – 22.61

He did it! Josh Liendo led the race wire-to-wire, storming to victory with a new Canadian Record of 21.63. The previous record was held by recently retired Canadian sprint legend Brent Hayden, who set the mark in 2009.

Additionally, Liendo’s swim marks the top time in the world this year.

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It was a great event for Swimming Canada as a whole, since Yuri Kisil took 2nd in 22.17, dipping under the FINA ‘A’ standard by 0.01 seconds. That means Canada will have two men representing them in the 50 free at World Champs this summer.

On a different note, Josh Liendo must have had an issue with his cap, since he swam the race wearing one of Yuri Kisil‘s caps.

Artem Selin looked awesome in the ‘B’ final, tearing to a 22.66 to touch first by 0.82 seconds.

WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

  • World Record – 8:04.79, Katie Ledecky, 2016
  • Canadian Record – 8:20.02, Brittany MacLean, 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 8:37.90

PODIUM:

  1. Katrina Bellio (ESWIM) – 8:38.90
  2. Mabel Zavaros (MAC) – 8:42.16
  3. Emma Finlin (EKSC) – 8:42.54

Pulling away from the field, Katrina Bellio picked up her first title of the meet. The time of 8:38.90 came in just off her entry time of 8:38.12, but was still good to win the race by well over 3 seconds. Bellio took the race out aggressively, splitting 4:14.87 on the first 400, just under 8:30 pace. Her splits floated up after the halfway point, however, and Bellio ended up just finishing exactly one second off the FINA ‘A’ cut of 8:37.90.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

  • World Record – 14:31.02, Sun Yang, 2012
  • Canadian Record – 14:39.63, Ryan Cochrane, 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard – 15:04.64

PODIUM:

  1. Eric Brown (PCSC) – 15:17.46
  2. Alex Axon (MAC) – 15:31.93
  3. Eric Hedlin (UVPCS) – 15:37.71

Erik Brown was dominant in the fastest heat tonight, roaring to victory with the top time of the day by 14.5 seconds. He swam a well-split race, going 5:00.73 on the first 500, 5:09.23 on the 2nd 500, and 5:07.50 on the last 500.

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Nono
4 months ago

World Championships roster can be found here:
https://www.swimming.ca/en/news/2022/04/11/fina-world-championships-team-announced/

Commonwealth Roster Nominees are also released.

SwimFan NU
4 months ago

Thanks for cutting out the stream as they were about to announce the teams CBC. Great broadcasting all weekend

Canadaswimfan
Reply to  SwimFan NU
4 months ago

doesn’t really matter because you can’t hear the announcing anyway. I was there tonight and you can’t hear the winning swimmer’s comments after the race even when you’re in the building. Improvements required for the audio and visual. It’s so disappointing

SapleMyrup
4 months ago

‘’The performance also marks the 2nd Canadian Record of the meet, the first of which came on the first day of the meet, when Summer McIntosh broke the women’s 400 free’’

Kylie Masse (50BK) Finlay Knox (200 IM), Liendo (100 Fly) would like to have a word!

Beside that, great meet overall. Many outstanding performances.
After a 2 years hiatus, we can finally say it… Swimming’s back in Canada!

Hopefully we won’t see any more empty lanes on the B finals in the future.

SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

Article Correction: The 50FR summary states that Liendo’s swim was the 2nd Canadian Record of the meet. In fact, it was the 3rd after Summer’s 400FR and Liendo’s 100FL as well.

SapleMyrup
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

5th**

Finlay Knox 200 IM & Kylie Masse 50 Back in addition of the one above

Gen D
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

There was also Kylie Masse’s 50 bk. And Finlay Knox’s 200 IM.

So that would be 5 total! (unless there are more that i can’t think of right now)

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  Gen D
4 months ago

Several para ones as well

SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

Liendo’s start was noticeably slow too, lol. 21.63 at 19 years old, wow. In addition to that 50.88 100FL earlier. Takes down Brent Hayden’s 13 year old Canadian Record (set with a Speedo LZR, mind you). Dressel’s best at the same age was 21.53, just 8 days before turning 20. Liendo’s got another 4 months to beat that, including Worlds.

Last edited 4 months ago by SwimmerFan99
Dressel Propagandist
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

During 2015 nationals, Dressel was 18 years old and 11 months, when he went 21.53.

So not the same age.

#GOAT #BuiltDifferent #Project20.7
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Last edited 4 months ago by Dressel Propagandist
MTK
4 months ago

Daaaaamn Liendo!

Teddy
Reply to  MTK
4 months ago

Time?

MTK
Reply to  Teddy
4 months ago

21.63! #2 worldwide in 2022

Gen D
Reply to  MTK
4 months ago

Who went faster?

Nancy
Reply to  MTK
4 months ago

#1 I believe.

Gen D
Reply to  MTK
4 months ago

really excited to see what he can do this summer!!

Troyy
4 months ago

Sanchez had no competition in that 50 at all. Why don’t any of the Canadian women target the 50?

MTK
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Probably because they don’t see medal potential, and for relay purposes it’s better to be 100-200 than 50-100 focused.

I do think it would be sick if there was a 4×50 fr relay internationally, thought it seems like a long shot to ever happen.

Last edited 4 months ago by MTK
ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

I think it’s because they’ve really pushed the relay culture over the past 10 years or so. With clear success! But it’s steered the girls into the 100 and 200 distances.
Even Kayla on Brett Hawke’s podcast was hesitant to describe herself as a 50 freestyler.

Troyy
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
4 months ago

It just feels like there’s only so far you can progress in the 100 free backending your races and Oleksiak might have already reached the point where the path forward is front-end speed.

We all saw what happened when McKeon switched focus and Haughey even went out in 25.10 in her 100 which probably indicates she was in 24 low shape (no idea what happened to her in the individual 50) despite also being in 1:53 shape in the 200.

Gen D
Reply to  Troyy
4 months ago

Haughey scratched the 50 free at the olympics because she was injured

Troyy
Reply to  Gen D
4 months ago

That explains it. I was curious to see what she’d go in 50 because that range is so rare.

Rap
4 months ago

Super Final