LINKS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Prelims each day begin at 10 am EST/7 am PST
- Finals each day begin at 6 pm EST/3 pm PST
The Canadian Pan American Games and World Championship trials started this morning in Toronto. The first event up was the women’s 50 butterfly.
Women’s 50 butterfly
Sam Corea of the UBC Dolphins lead the way in the event recording a time of 26.43 which is six one-hundredths of a second faster than her lifetime best of 26.49 which she posted last year at the Canadian Summer Championships. Noemie Thomas of UNAR qualified just behind Corea posting a time of 26.48.
Canadian record holder Katerine Savard qualified in the third place position post a 26.63. Savard posted her Canadian record time of 26.05 in 2013.
Michelle Williams of the North York Aquatic Club qualified in fourth while Sandrine Mainville, the reigning Canadian champion, qualified in fifth.
Men’s 50 butterfly
As we will for most of the competition the prelims will be dominated by a number of foreign athletes. Erik Risolvato of Puerto Rico was the fastest qualifier posting a time of 23.78. Santo Condorelli was the top Canadian, qualifying in second, recording a time of 23.83. The next two fastest Canadians were Gamel Assaad (24.60) who had the fifth fastest time and Luke Peddie (24.85) who had the ninth fastest time.
Women’s 200 freestyle
The World Championship team spot will be up for the taking as reigning Canadian champion Brittany Maclean has decided to bypass the World Championships in Kazan. Maclean will still be looking to participate in the Pan American Championships which are being held in her hometown of Toronto.
Emily Overholt was the top qualifier in the event after the prelims posting a time of 1:59.45 she was followed by 2014 Canadian trials bronze medalist Alyson Ackman (1:59.46). Kennedy Goss (1:59.79), Katrine Savard (2:00.34), Sam Cheverton (2:00.56) and Brittany Maclean (2:00.88) rounded out the top six in the event.
Men’s 200 freestyle
Once again the men’s event was chalk full of international talent with five of the top 10 swimmers not representing the home nation. Christian Scherubl of Austria had the top time in the morning hitting the wall in a time of 1:59.45.
The top Canadian in the event was Jeremy Bagshaw who posted a 1:49.43. He was followed by Stefan Milosevic (1:50.09), Alec Page (1:50.42) and Tristan Cote (1:51.39).
Women’s 100 backstroke
Kylie Masse had a fantastic swim to be the top qualifier in the women’s f100 backstroke. Masse came into the event with a lifetime best of 1:01.98 and dropped to a 1:00.50 which places her eighth in the world rankings. Hilary Caldwell qualified with the second fastest time of 1:00.82 followed by Dominique Bouchard who posted a 1:00.93.
The biggest surprise in this event is that 2014 Canadian Trials silver medalist Brooklyn Snodgrass did not step up to the blocks in the event and is listed as a no show.
Men’s 100 backstroke
Reigning Canadian champion Russell Wood was the top qualifier in the men’s 100 backstroke posting a 54.16 in the prelims. The performance was also a lifetime best for Wood who came into the competition with a best of 54.45.
Markus Thormeyer continues his habit of re-writing record books. Thormeyer qualified with the second fastest time of 55.75. With that time the 17 year old set a new 15-17 year old Canadian record in the event beating his own record of 55.75 which he posted last summer.
Joe Byram was the third fastest qualifier posting a 56.07. He was followed by Adam Best (56.08), Jeffrey Swanston (56.15), Jeremie Pezwirek (56.52) and Anders Klein (56.85).
Women’s 200 breaststroke
Last year at the Canadian Swimming Trials the 200 breaststroke was a dog fight between Tera Van Belien, Kierra Smith, Martha McCabe and Ashley McGregor. After Smith was disqualified after her morning swim this year’s final will see the rest of the group go head to head once again.
McCabe was the morning’s fastest qualifier posting a time of 2:26.67. She was followed by Rachel Nicol (2:29.81), reigning Canadian champion Van Beilen (2:30.07), Bronwyn Pasloski (2:30.34) and McGregor (2:30.72).
Men’s 200 breaststroke
Sam Tierney was the fastest qualifier in the men’s event posting a time of 2:12.70. The top Canadian was James Dergousoff who recorded a time of 2:14.45. He was followed by Richard Funk (2:14.95), Eli Wall (2:15.04), James Guest (2:15.48) and Jason Block (2:15.73).
Full results can be found here.