Canadian World Championship Trials – Day three prelims

Women’s 400 freestyle

Savannah King of the UBC Dolphins/Vancouver National Swim Centre qualified first in a time of 4:14.94 followed closely by University of Minnesota’s Ashley Steenvoorden who posted a time of 4:14.95. Pointe Claire’s Samantha Cheverton qualified third in a time of 4:15.92.

Another swimmers to watch for tonight will be ESWIM’s Brittany MacLean, who swam this event at the Olympics and holds the meet with a 4:06.08. MacLean and King had a great battle last spring at Olympic Trials where MacLean got the best of the veteran King.

Two other swimmers who may influence the race this evening are 200 freestyle gold medalist Barbara Jardin and the winner of the women’s 1500 freestyle Tabitha Baumann.

Men’s 400 freestyle

Ryan Cochrane had a solid morning swim of 3:49.56, his best time this year was a 3:51.42 which he swam in Orlando in February. Assuming that he was taking the swim quite easy it will be interesting to see what kind of time he could put up this tonight.

The rest of the field is tight with only a second separating second from eighth.

Qualifying second was Kier Maitland from the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club in a time of 3:54.53 followed by Cochrane’s Island Swimming teammate Will Brothers who posted a 3:54.76.

One noticable absence from the final will be Island’s Alec Page who finished 9th in the morning in a time of 3:56.41.

Women’s 100 butterfly

Noemie Thomas had a great morning swim posting a time of 58.36 to qualify first. Her time is under the FINA A standard of 58.89 and is also very close to the national record of 57.97 set by Katerine Savard in 2011.

Speaking of Savard she qualified second in a time of 59.13 followed by Caroline Kuczynski of Pointe Clare who touched in a time of 59.69.

200 butterfly champion Audrey Lacroix was the only other woman to swim under a minute in the prelims posting a 59.94.

Men’s 100 butterfly

Coleman Allen of the UBC Dolphins/Vancouver National Swim Centre qualified first in a time of 53.84. Kourosh Ahani of Richmond Hill, who finished second to Joe Bartoch at the Olympic Trials last spring, qualified second in a time of 54.58.

Oakville’s Mack Darragh qualified third in a time of 54.59.

Women’s 200 backstroke

The women’s 200 backstroke final looks to be another exciting head to head race between Dolphin Swimming’s Sinead Russell and Pacific Sea Wolves Hilary Caldwell. These both swam great races at the Olympic Trials last spring finishing first and second in the 200 backstroke.

Russell will also be looking to sweep the backstroke events with a win in the 200 this evening.

Qualifying third was Brooklyn Snodgrass of Cascade in a time of 2:12.94.

Men’s 200 backstroke

The top qualifier in the men’s 200 backstroke was Cal’s Jeremie DeZwirek who posted a time of 2:01.47. He was followed by Cascade’s Russell Wood who qualified second in a time of 2:01.49 and Matthew Myers of the Toronto Swim Club qualified third in a time of 2:01.65.

Women’s 50 breaststroke

The women’s 50 breaststroke will not be the star studded event that the 100 was last night, with both Jillian Tyler and Martha McCabe bypassing the event, Tera Van Beilen will be the lone Canadian Olympian swimming in the final.

The top qualifier this morning though was last night’s 100 breaststroke silver medalist Chelsey Salli of the Langley Olympians Swim Club who posted a time of 31.31.

She was followed by Swedish swimmer Rebecca Ejdervik who qualified second in a time of 31.52. Ejdervik is coming off a very successful short course season where she broke the Swedish 50 breaststroke national record swimming a time of 29.95 in November at Swedish Nationals.

The University of Calgary’s Fiona Doyle qualified third in a time of 31.79 with Van Beilen qualifying fourth in a time of 31.82.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

Qualifying first in the 50 breaststroke was the 100 breaststroke winner from last night Richard Funk. Funk posted a time of 28.00.

Warren Barnes of the Toronto Swim Club qualified second in a time of 28.23 followed by Martin Liivamagi of Lithuania who touched in a time of 28.34.



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Cathy Morley Foster
8 years ago

Martin Liivamagi, a Cal alum, is from Estonia.