Brittany Maclean Misses Prelim Relay Due To Illness


In an unexpected move, the Canadian women left Brittany Maclean off of their 800 free relay this morning in the prelims. As per CBC, it wasn’t by choice, it’s because Maclean is reportedly sick.

Swimming in her place this morning was 400 IM finalist Emily Overholt, who didn’t qualify to swim on the relay but isn’t new to this event. She was the silver medalist in the 200 free at last summer’s Pan Am Games, and led-off the relay that won bronze at that same meet.

Overholt and her Canadian teammates did the job this morning, qualifying 6th overall for the final in 7:51.99. Overholt had a solid leg of 1:58.29, and Katerine Savard (1:57.96), Taylor Ruck (1:56.25) and Kennedy Goss (1:59.49) also did their jobs this morning.

Trials runner-up Penny Oleksiak will certainly be added to the roster tonight, but it remains up in the air whether or not Maclean will be able to go.

Oleksiak will replace Goss, and if Maclean can go she’ll take over for Overholt. With Oleksiak and Maclean in the lineup, they are definite medal contenders.

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Oh this is not good. I hope Ms. Maclean recovers for tonight and for the 800!

Bill G

Australia and China will be subbing in swimmers who were in the 200m final and should be dropping a chunk of time relative to prelims. With Oleksiak, I expect Canada to crush the Canadian record and post a nice time; however, catching Australia – China may be too much to ask.

Bo swims

Fingers crossed…

M Duncan Scott

Great as Ruck was this morning, my money is on a drop of at least another 0.5, if not more, even before adding Penny and possibly MacLean. If physically possible, Brittany will do it. And I’d feel more comfortable with Overholt whose PB is 1:57.5 than with Savard, thought the Canadian coaches have certainly been making a few good discretionary call. It will interesting to see their lineup.


Savard’s PB is 1:57.1 from prelims a few days ago. And according to Overholt’s instagram, MacLean will swim tonight. If she’s on typical relay beast form and if the other 3 are at or close to pbs, they could drop 5-6 seconds tonight.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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