Canadian Worlds Team Tracker: Men Step Up On Day 2


After only one male qualified for the Canadian World Championship team on day 1 of the Trials (along with eight women), the men stepped on day two qualifying a swimmer in all three of the selection events.

Starting it off was Yuri Kisil, who, though slower than the prelims, booked his ticket to Budapest in the 100 freestyle clocking 48.90 to get under the standard of 48.93. His teammate Markus Thormeyer just missed in a time of 49.16.

Next up, it was a redemption swim for Richard Funk who had a disappointing showing at the Olympic Trials last year missing the team. He delivered in the moment, popping a lifetime best 1:00.03 in the 100 breaststroke to crush the 1:00.35 standard and make the team. He is now less than two tenths off the Canadian Record held by Scott Dickens (59.85).

In another close call, Etobicoke’s Tristan Cote unleashed the swim of his life to drop two seconds and qualify for the team in the 400 IM posting a time of 4:17.40. The standard is 4:17.90, and Cote’s lifetime best coming in was 4:19.56 from two years ago, so this was a big time swim. Runner-up Luke Reilly had a monster freestyle leg at 57.65, but just missed qualifying in a time of 4:18.14.

The women didn’t do too shabby tonight either, with six new qualifiers and seven total.

In the 100 freestyle, Penny Oleksiak and Sandrine Mainville earned individual berths while both getting under 54 seconds, while their High Performance Centre Ontario teammates Michelle Toro and Chantal van Landeghem took 3rd and 4th to qualify for Budapest in the 400 free relay.

Rachel Nicol added her name to the team in the 100 breaststroke, and Sydney Pickrem booked her ticket with a win in the 400 IM in a blistering 4:35.43. Runner-up Mary-Sophie Harvey had a big comeback in the freestyle leg to take 2nd, and adds this event to her schedule after qualifying in the 200 free last night.

Swimming under the FINA ‘A’ standard but still missing qualification tonight due to the depth of the women’s team was Kayla Sanchez in the 100 freestyle (54.62), along with Sarah Darcel (4:39.29) and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (4:41.47) in the 400 IM.

With nine new members, their World Championship team sits at a total of 18 swimmers through two days of competition, fourteen of them women.




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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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