2023 Canadian Trials: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

by Ben Dornan 142

March 30th, 2023 Canada, International, News


Tune in now for the third night of racing at Canadian Trials. The session will be bookended by the para 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle. In between, we’ll see the women’s and men’s 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 200 IM.

Several national champs will be vying for their second titles of the meet including 100 fly victors Maggie MacNeil and Josh Liendo in the 50 freestyle, Summer McIntosh in the 200 butterfly, and Brayden Taivassalo in the 100 breast.

Para Women’s 50 Butterfly Final

  1. Danielle Dorris–  34.38
  2. Tess Routliffe – 36.55
  3. Jordan Tucker – 53.50

World record holder in the S7 50 butterfly Danielle Dorris was a bit slower than her 32.99 best time from Tokyo in this event, touching first with a 34.38. That was a bit slower than the 34.35 she hit in prelims, but was good enough for the gold medal.

The silver went to Tess Routliffe who posted a 36.55 and the bronze medalist was Jordan Tucker with a 53.50. Myriam Soliman hit a 43.26 to claim fourth place.

Paras Men’s 50 Butterfly Final

  1. Tyson Jacob – 47.52

While he was the only man in the heat, Tyson Jacob managed to shave over a second off his morning swim of 48.89, hitting a 47.52 in the final. His lifetime best in this event is a 45.65 from last year.

Women’s 50 Freestyle Final

  • Canadian Record: 24.26 – Taylor Ruck (2018)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 25.04
  1. Maggie MacNeil – 24.79
  2. Hannah Cornish – 25.45
  3. Hanna Henderson – 25.46

After swimming butterfly in the prelims round of this event, Maggie MacNeil switched to freestyle for the final and powered her way to a national title. MacNeil was the only swimmer to crack 25 seconds in this event, which is the first time she’s broken that barrier. MacNeil’s former best time in the 50 free was a 25.21 from back in May 2021.

Her time here is under the FINA A standard of 25.04, which means that she has likely qualified to race a second individual event after winning her signature 50 butterfly last night.

The two Hanna(h)s in this event battled it out for the second position in here, touching just 0.01 seconds apart. Cornish hit the #2 time of 25.45, narrowly beating the 25.60 she swam in the morning. Henderson was also slightly slower in the final with a 25.45 for bronze following her 25.49 in the morning.

Katerine Savard also qualified for the 100 butterfly on night two but missed the podium tonight in the 50 free, swimming a 25.66 to get in just ahead of 5th-place finisher Brooklyn Douthwright (25.76).

Men’s 50 Freestyle Final

  • Canadian Record: 21.61 – Josh Liendo (2022)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 22.12
  1. Joshua Liendo – 21.80
  2. Edouard Fullum-Huot – 22.26
  3. Liam Weaver – 22.69

After twice breaking the 100 fly Canadian record on day two of this meet, Josh Liendo almost got under his national record in the 50 freestyle. Liendo swam his way to a gold medal here as the only man under 22 seconds by hitting a 21.80, which makes him the fastest man in the world this season.

Liendo surpasses the three men who have swum a 21.87 so far in 2022-2023, Dutch swimmer Kenzo Simons, Michael Andrew of the USA, and Guilherme Caribe from Brazil. Liendo’s time got him under the World Championships qualifying standard of 22.12, giving him a second event in Fukuoka this summer.

Liendo was joined on the podium by Edouard Fullum-Huot and Liam Weaver, who swam times of 22.26 and 22.69, respectively. Fullum-Huot swam a 22.27 best time during prelims to beat his former PB of 22.73 from December 2021. He shaved another 0.01 seconds off in the final with a 22.26. Weaver’s time of 22.69 was a touch slower than his PB of 22.68, which he swam in July 2022.

Neither of those men cracked the FINA A, however, meaning that they won’t automatically qualify for the World Champs team. Another two men dipped under 23 seconds as Stephen Calkins posted a 22.80 for 4th place and Owen Guyn hit a 22.90 for 5th.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:05.74 – Annamay Pierse (2009)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:07.35
  1. Sophie Angus – 1:07.68
  2. Rachel Nicol – 1:08.08
  3. Avery Wiseman – 1:08.14

The 7th and 8th place finishers in the 200 breaststroke bounced back here with their gold and silver medal performances in the 100 breast. Sophie Angus was the top performer in here, stopping the clock with a 1:07.68 and Rachel Nicol pulled off a 1:08.08 for second place.

Angus did not hit the FINA A standard but did get under the Swimming Canada secondary standard of 1:08.02. Where no one swims a FINA A cut in the final, the quickest person under that secondary standard will qualify for Worlds, making Angus the newest member of that squad. This is Angus’ second straight year on the Worlds team, having raced at the 2022 meet.

Angus hit a 1:08.76 last year at Worlds for 23rd overall. Her lifetime best in this event is a 1:07.60 from April 2022 at Canadian Swimming Trials.

On the first day of this meet, Sydney Pickrem qualified for the 200 breaststroke at Worlds, and after swimming the prelims in the 100 she scratched from the event. Bronze in this event went to Avery Wiseman with a 1:08.14 and Nina Kucheran touched in 4th place with a 1:08.29.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke Final

  • Canadian Record: 59.85 – Scott Dickens (2012)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 59.75
  1. James Dergousoff – 1:00.89
  2. Gabe Mastromatteo – 1:00.96
  3. Brayden Taivassalo – 1:01.22

This was the first event of the night in which nobody hit a qualifying time for the World Championships. James Dergousoff pulled off a victory in the 100 breaststroke by posting a 1:00.89, trailing his lifetime best of 59.50 by just over a second. Dergousoff would have needed to swim under a minute to hit the FINA A of 59.75 and he also just missed the secondary qualifying standard of 1:00.35.

On the first day of this meet, Dergousoff swam under the FINA A cut in the 200 breaststroke during prelims. But when he missed the FINA A and placed second in the A final, he missed out on qualification in that event.

Tokyo Olympian Gabe Mastromatteo was also a bit slower than the FINA A here, as well as his lifetime best of 1:00.11. Mastromatteo swam a 1:00.96 to claim the bronze medal here. The 200 breast champion Brayden Taivassalo came in third place with a time of 1:01.22 and Luca Chiandussi came in 0.11 seconds later with a 1:01.33.

Women’s 200 IM Final

  • Canadian Record: 2:08.08 – Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:12.98
  1. Summer McIntosh – 2:06.89
  2. Sydney Pickrem – 2:08.61
  3. Mary-Sophie Harvey – 2:10.76

Summer McIntosh was on pace to break the 200 IM world record at the 100-meter mark, splitting a 58.63 to undercut the 58.94 that Katinka Hosszu opened with in 2015 en route to her 2:06.12. While she didn’t crack the world record, Summer McIntosh managed to set a new Canadian and world junior record.

She held the former Canadian and world junior records in the 200 IM at a 2:08.08, which she swam just a few weeks ago at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderdale. This time makes McIntosh the 4th-fastest performer ever behind Hosszu, Ariana Kukors, and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, and her time is the 6th-fastest ever.

All-time Performances – Women’s 200 IM

  1. Katinka Hosszu – 2:06.12 (2015)
  2. Ariana Kukors – 2:06.15 (2009)
  3. Katinka Hosszu – 2:06.58 (2016)
  4. Katinka Hosszu – 2:06.85 (2015)
  5. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 2:06.88 (2016)
  6. Summer McIntosh – 2:06.89 (2023)

After winning the 200 breaststroke earlier on in this meet, Sydney Pickrem took silver here and got under the FINA A cut with a 2:08.61 to add a second event to her lineup. Mary-Sophie Harvey was also under the selection cut with a 2:10.76 but placed third so won’t qualify for World Championships in this event.

Men’s 200 IM Final

  • Canadian Record: 1:57.50 – Finlay Knox (2022)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.53
  1. Finlay Knox – 1:57.26
  2. Ilya Kharun – 2:00.04
  3. Collyn Gagne – 2:00.62

Finlay Knox made it two Canadian records in a row tonight by taking out his own mark in the 200 IM with a 1:57.26, beating his 1:57.50 from last year. Knox swam his way to a 17th-place finish in the 200 IM at Worlds with a 1:59.60. A 1:57.26 would have easily qualified him for a final last year in Budapest and would have been good enough for 6th in the final, tying Hubert Kos.

His time tonight got him under the FINA A cut and onto the 2023 Worlds team, meaning he will return to the field in Fukuoka this year.

Neither of the other two medalists in the 200 IM got under the FINA A cut as Ilya Kharun hit a 2:00.04 for silver and Collyn Gagne a 2:00.62 for the bronze. Those times were a bit slower than the FINA A of 1:59.53.

Para Women’s 100 Freestyle Final

  1. Aurelie Rivard – 1:02.04
  2. Shelby Newkirk – 1:14.52
  3. Arianna Hunsicker – 1:03.34

One of Canada’s most decorated swimmers, Aurelie Rivard topped the podium in the 100 freestyle with a swim of 1:02.04. That was 0.11 seconds slower than the 1:01.93 she swam in the morning. Rivard is the reigning World and Paralympic champion in this event, having won gold in both 2021 and 2022.

Shelby Newkirk shaved 1.35 seconds off her prelim swim to hit 1:14.52 for second place and Arianna Hunsicker rounded out the podium in a 1:03.34.

Para Men’s 100 Freestyle Final

  1. Philippe Vachon – 1:02.33
  2. Alexander Elliot – 55.95
  3. Zach Zona – 1:04.04

Philippe Vachon swam a 1:02.33 in the 100 freestyle to take the gold medal tonight, adding almost a second from his morning swim of 1:01.39. His PB in the 100 free was a 1:01.40 heading into the meet from 2018 at the Pan Pacific Para Championships.

Following the national winner Vachon, Alexander Elliot posted a 55.95 to claim silver and Zach Zona rounded out the top three with a swim of 1:04.04.

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1 year ago

Why are all the comments downvoted

1 year ago

MSH best chance to qualify for worlds is the 200free

1 year ago
Reply to  phelpsfan
1 year ago

No one likes a bragger. And others threw out exact time guesses that were much more impressive than your broad “prediction”.

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1 year ago

Looking forward to Kharun’s 200 fly

1 year ago

Hopefully a 1.53 mid

1 year ago

i’m predicting 2:03.7 in the 200 fly (textile WR by a tenth), 4:26.1 in the 400 IM (WR by a couple tenths), and a 1:53.0 in the 200 free, smack dab in the middle of Pellegrini and Titmus’ best times

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Reply to  jeff
1 year ago

I would take the over in all three

1 year ago

Massive improvement for knox

1 year ago

Millenial swim nerds will remember the days when the Kukors supersuit WR was held in the same regard as 200fly WR. At the time, they were both about the same amount ahead of the textile record. Within 6 years, the Kukors WR was broken and 14 years later, we’re talked about 3 different women with a chance to go under that new record. It’ll probably take less than that for the conversation to change on the 200fly WR. McIntosh will pave the way with 2:03 this week, and 2:02 or faster in next 12 months.

Reply to  John26
1 year ago

I definitely remember thinking that Kukors’ WR was going to last for decades but in hindsight it’s probably due to the event having stagnated in the preceeding years with the WR prior to the super suit era being a 2:09:72 from 1997 and a 2:10 being enough to win at WC in 2005 and 2007. In comparison to those time a 2:06 low seemed insane.

I think the same holds true for the 200m fly which was regressing significantly post 2016. With the emergence of Zhang and now McIntosh the WR doesn’t seem so compleltely out of reach for this generation.

1 year ago

Ed Fullum-Hout’s (watch for him in the 100) half-second drop in the 50 free and Nina Kucheran dipping below her best time of 1:08.37 from 2018 (1:08.29) on her third taper of the year gives Canadian Gators 8/9 on events to best times! (Josh just missed his in the 50)