2023 Canadian Trials: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap



The fifth day of the 2023 Canadian Swimming Trials will feature a short list of events. This morning’s prelims session only includes the 200 back and 400 IM, along with the para 150 IM and 200 IM.

At finals tonight, all eyes will be on 16-year-old superstar Summer McIntosh in the women’s 400 IM. McIntosh is currently the Canadian and World Junior Record holder with her personal best of 4:28.61. After breaking the World Record in the 400 free on the first day of these Trials, we’ll be looking to see if McIntosh can do so once again in what is arguably her best event.

On the other side of things, Ilya Kharun will be looking to win another title today after winning the men’s 200 fly last night. Kharun comes in as the fourth seed in the 400 IM, however, entering over six seconds off top-seeded Collyn Gagne. Importantly, Gagne is seeded at 4:17.82, which is just off the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:17.48.

Backstroke star Kylie Masse is looking towards picking up another national title in the women’s 200 back today. The Canadian Record holder comes in as the top seed with a 2:07.66, making her the only swimmer in the field entered under 2:11. Notably, Ingrid Wilm, who won the 100 back over Masse earlier in the meet, is seeded second with a 2:11.61. Wilm is stronger in the sprint backstrokes than the 100, however, she comes in just off the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:11.08, so look for her to hit that standard today.


  • World Record: 2:03.14, Kaylee McKeown (Australia) – 2023
  • Canadian Record: 2:05.42, Kylie Masse – 2021
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:11.08


  1. Kylie Masse – 2:08.68
  2. Ella Varga – 2:12.18
  3. Ingrid Wilm – 2:13.67
  4. Katie Schroeder – 2:15.71
  5. Jordan Greber – 2:16.29
  6. Delia Lloyd – 2:17.23
  7. Maddy Gatrall – 2:17.28
  8. Maya Bezanson – 2:17.32
  9. Madison Kryger – 2:17.41
  10. Aleksa Gold – 2:17.63

Unsurprisingly, Canadian Record holder Kylie Masse led prelims of the women’s 200 back by a comfortable margin this morning, speeding to a 2:08.68. Masse was smooth and in control this morning, splitting 29.60 on the first 50, then splitting 32.64, 33.68, and 32.76 on the remaining 50s. Masse’s Canadian Record stands at 2:05.42 from 2021.

Coming in second was Ella Varga, who had a big swim to take the second seed for tonight’s final. Varga clocked a 2:12.18, taking over two seconds off her seed time with the performance. She’s got her work cut out for her tonight, however, as she’ll simultaneously need to hold off 100 back champion Ingrid Wilm and hit the FINA ‘A’ cut of 2:11.08 if she wants to qualify for the World Champs team.

Wilm was 2:13.67 this morning, finishing third overall. After winning the 100 back in 58.80 on the first day of the meet, Wilm has some momentum heading into the 200 back today. The 200 back has historically been Wilm’s weakest of the three back events, as her personal best comes in at 2:11.61.


  • World Record: 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 2009
  • Canadian Record: 1:56.96, Marcus Thormeyer – 2019
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:58.07


  1. Richie Stokes – 1:59.55
  2. Aiden Norman – 1:59.91
  3. Tristan Jankovics – 1:59.97
  4. Blake Tierney – 2:00.38
  5. Raben Dommann – 2:00.48
  6. Hugh McNeill – 2:02.19
  7. Loic Courville Fortin – 2:03.04
  8. Benjamin Lowewen – 2:03.56
  9. Marcus Mak – 2:05.94
  10. Parker Lenoce – 2:06.28

Top seed Richie Stokes led prelims this morning in the men’s 200 back, clocking a 1:59.55. He got out to a quick start, splitting 27.94 on the first 50, then split 30.16, 30.84, and 30.61 the rest of the way.

Stokes was one of three swimmers to dip under 2:00 this morning, along with teenagers Aiden Norman and Tristan Jankovics. Norman had a huge swim, blowing away his previous best of 2:01.26 to finish second overall with a 1:59.91. He was great very consistent in his race this morning, splitting 30.41, 30.24, and 30.41 respectively on the final three 50s. Of note, the 15-17 boys 200 back National Age Group Record is a 1:58.07 from Cole Pratt in 2019.

Jankovics also dipped under 2:00, coming in third with a 1:59.97. He shattered his seed time of 2:04.72 with the performance.


  • World Record: 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) – 2016
  • Canadian Record: 4:28.61, Summer McIntosh – 2022
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 4:43.06


  1. Summer McIntosh – 4:40.69
  2. Sydney Pickrem – 4:44.58
  3. Mabel Zavaros – 4:45.77
  4. Ella Jansen – 4:47.74
  5. Bailey Andison – 4:48.22
  6. Emma Finlin – 4:48.81
  7. Kathryn Hazle – 4:49.24
  8. Tessa Cieplucha – 4:49.51
  9. Julie Brousseau – 4:49.83
  10. Bailey O’Regan – 4:52.35

Summer McIntosh might be the only swimmer in the world right now who can truly “cruise” to a 4:40 in the 400 IM, but that’s exactly what she did this morning. The 16-year-old superstar, who is also the Canadian and World Junior Record holder in the event, was out fairly quick on the front half of the race this morning, splitting 1:01.50 on fly and 1:10.51 on back, for a 2:12.01 on the opening 200. For context, McIntosh was 2:08.20 at the 200 when she swam her WJR of 4:28.61 this past December. This morning, she split 1:20.92, which is just off her split from December. She then came home in 1:07.76 on freestyle, which is a very relaxed split for McIntosh. Her split on her World Jr Record performance was a 1:01.15.

All that is to say that we can expect McIntosh will be much, much faster tonight than she swam this morning.

An interesting battle for second is shaping up as well. This morning, Sydney Pickrem, who finished second in the 200 IM a few days ago, clocked the second-fastest time with a 4:44.58. Like usual, she was particularly good on the breast leg this morning, splitting a field-leading 1:16.55.

Behind Pickrem was Mabel Zavaros, who swam a 4:45.77. Zavaros was out almost as fast as McIntosh, splitting 2:13.94 on the first 200. Ella Jansen was right there as well, splitting 2:14.92 on the first 200, then going on to clock the fourth-fastest time of the morning with a 4:47.74.

Of note, Tessa Cieplucha was the second seed coming into this morning, entering with a time of 4:39.49. She came in eighth this morning, swimming a 4:49.51.

It ought to be a battle behind McIntosh tonight, as the FINA ‘A’ cut sits at 4:43.06. Given the cut, we should see several swimmers under the mark, so the fight for second place is going to be a very important one.


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


  1. Lorne Wigginton – 4:19.47
  2. Eric Brown – 4:22.52
  3. Benjamin Cote – 4:24.59
  4. Ilya Kharun – 4:25.65
  5. Collyn Gagne – 4:25.82
  6. Jacob Gallant – 4:27.16
  7. Brodie Young – 4:30.14
  8. Jordi Vilchez – 4:30.61
  9. Sebastian Gonzalez Barboza – 4:31.72
  10. Timothy Barbeau – 4:34.30

Teenager Lorne Wigginton set the tone for the rest of the field this morning, speeding to a 4:19.47 to clock the top time of prelims by over three seconds. Wigginton set himself up well for tonight, as he’ll not only need to win the event, but dip under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:17.48 as well to qualify for the World Champs team in the event. His swim this morning was promising, as he got out to a quick start with a 2:04.86 on the first 200.

Another teen, Ilya Kharun, came in fourth this morning with a 4:25.65. Kharun, the 200 fly champion from last night, is likely to be a contender for the title tonight. He was out in 2:06.17 this morning, and we know he can be out much faster than that tonight.

Eric Brown took nearly seven seconds off his seed time of 4:29.14 to finish second this morning with a 4:22.52. He was strong coming home, splitting 58.36 on the final 100 of the race.

Top seed Collyn Gagne came in fifth this morning with a 4:25.82. Having been 4:17.82 in the event before, definitely keep your eye on Gagne tonight.


  1. Jordan Tucker – 3:46.52
  2. Niki Ens – 4:29.62
  3. Aly Van Wyck-Smart – 4:45.53
  4. Hannah Burns – 4:15.51

Jordan Tucker came out on top in the women’s 150 IM this morning, swimming a 3:46.52. Tucker’s time was the fastest in the field by a wide margin, but of course, the overall time isn’t the most important factor in para swimming. Para swimming is ranked on a points system, which takes into account the swimmer’s classification and how far off the World Record for that classification they were to calculate a point total, which is then used to rank the swimmers.




  1. Tess Routliffe – 3:09.19
  2. Danielle Dorris – 3:11.01
  3. Katie Cosgriffe – 2:40.52
  4. Katarina Roxon – 2:50.11
  5. Angela Marina – 2:39.17
  6. Emma Van Dyk – 2:40.11
  7. Mary Jibb – 2:49.22
  8. Justine Morrier – 2:48.78
  9. Dee Kisser – 3:54.02
  10. Myriam Soliman – 3:54.33
  11. Alisson Gobeil – 4:36.67
  12. Tatiana Nault – 3:32.46
  13. Clemence Pare – 4:52.35

Tess Routliffe led the way in the women’s para 200 IM this morning, swimming a 3:09.19. Though that time was 4.57 seconds off her seed, she still ended up on top of the rankings. Danielle Dorris was right behind, swimming a 3:11.01. Routliffe and Dorris are notably in the same classification.


  1. Nicholas Bennett – 2:10.63
  2. Zach Zona – 2:45.17
  3. Connor Bissett – 2:29.93
  4. Hunter Helberg – 2:40.54
  5. Caleb Arndt – 2:34.65
  6. Felix Thomas Cowan – 2:47.99
  7. Tyson Jacob – 4:14.36

Nicholas Bennett both clocked the fastest time of the morning in the men’s para 200 IM and led in points. Bennett was a touch off his seed time of 2:09.61.

Reid Maxwell was disqualified.

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2 months ago

I’m surprised Canada does not wait until the last full week in May (22, Mon – 27, Sat).

2 months ago

I predicted her 200 IM pretty close, so if I had to guess, I would guess 4:26.34

David illouz
Reply to  Eli
2 months ago

I think she breaks it but barely maybe by 3 or 4 hundredth

Reply to  Eli
2 months ago

If she pushes again on backstroke leg there would be no record. It’s too energy consuming for her annd immediately affects her next stroke. She should be smart with back-breast combination.

Former Big10
2 months ago

4:11 for the men’s 400 IM record, and it being from 08, is legit

Reply to  Former Big10
2 months ago

Brian Johns was good. He had the short course WR at one point!

David illouz
2 months ago

I think summer is gunning for the world record in this one, this is the one she wants the most after the 400 free she was conserving energy in the prelims like the 400 free

Reply to  David illouz
2 months ago

Agreed. She was fresh for the 400 free but the 400 IM is her best event.

2 months ago

Pickrem didn’t scratch the 400 IM? Oh I get it – April Fool’s.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Pickrem is swimming very well at this meet and looks happy, rejuvenated and strong.

But it’s cool to make fun of swimmers’ previous struggles I guess.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Grow up.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Get over it!

Bill G
2 months ago

Men’s 400 IM FINA A standard is 4:17.48. Lodged in my brain is Alex Bauman’s winning time in this event from LA 1984: 4:17.41. If you can swim faster than the Canadian record from 40 years ago (and finish top 2) you can go to Worlds! If young Canadian swimmers are looking for a path to the national team, this event would be one to circle.

Bo Swims
Reply to  Bill G
2 months ago

🦖 club record is 4:15.33 (3rd at 2000 – Myden).

Bill G
Reply to  Bo Swims
2 months ago

Go Dinos!

2 months ago

Why is no one reporting on Popovici committing to Arizona State?

Reply to  Joe
2 months ago

Damn boy you got the whooole squad laughing

Reply to  Joe
2 months ago

Or Liendo’s 20.86

Tracy Kosinski
2 months ago

Excited for Masse! She looked great in her 200.

I’ve never seen Summer McIntosh swim in prelims. She definitely cruised that one.

‘Crusin’ to a 4:40. Must be nice to have that power.

Reply to  Tracy Kosinski
2 months ago

exactly what i predicted 4:40 smart conserving as much energy as possible for tonight she basically sleep swam it

Reply to  crazycanuck
2 months ago

Is it? I agree if her goal is to set another WR at this meet. But if her goal is to swim her best at Worlds, I disagree. I get she doesn’t even need to try to make it back at Canadian Trials, but at Worlds she will have more swims and she will have to put a bit more effort into prelims to ensure she makes it back. Depending on what she chooses to swim there, she may also have multiple swims in the same session. I don’t think she should have gone all out, but I would argue she should push it a little more to test managing her energy and fatigue. She may be surprised at how… Read more »

Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

In an interview after her swim last night Summer said that her times in this meet validated what she is doing in training right now and that it’s working. She also mentioned that it gives her more motivation to continue on with what she is doing into the next big training block before the worlds so that she can continue to get faster.

Summer and her coaching staff know exactly what they are doing.

Reply to  Riser
2 months ago

I’m sure her coaching staff knows what they’re doing but it wasn’t like she was getting slower before she got to Sarasota. She was 14-15 years old, already works class, and was showing no signs of slowing down.

Reply to  Riser
2 months ago

Because her coach has had one Olympian who swam one event? I might agree if she swam for Bowman, but she doesn’t. I have no doubt she has been lights out in training, or that her coaches know how to train her. I’m just saying managing many swims on the world stage is something completely different.

Last edited 2 months ago by IMO
Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

She has had four coaches over the last four years and won two gold and a silver at last years worlds and Comm games. I think she knows what she’s doing on the world stage.

I know what your saying but she seems like a very focused athlete.

Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

But doesn’t 440 final at international meets?

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

That was not a real 4:40

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

she was 3:32.9 at 300 then swam a 1.07 mid freestyle!!!

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

4:40.70 made A finals in Budapest.

Reply to  Swimpop
2 months ago

Budapest was an unusually slow meet in quite a few events on the women’s side. It’s usually 4:37-4:38 to final.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

Prodigies have so much margin for error the typical standards don’t apply to them. They can do things wrong and break records

Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

she is already in with her time this morning under fina standard by almost 3 seconds she knows what she is doing

Reply to  IMO
2 months ago

Will she have more swims? What are the chances that she swims three individual events just like last year? The 400 free and 200 IM double is hardly doable.

Last edited 2 months ago by liemse