Canadian Worlds Team Tracker: Nine Book Their Tickets On Day 1


A total of nine swimmers booked their ticket to Budapest on day 1 of the Canadian Swimming Trials, including eight females.

The first four qualifiers came in the women’s 200 free, where Katerine Savard stormed to victory in 1:57.13, just off of Brittany Maclean‘s national record of 1:56.94. Mary-Sophie Harvey earned an individual berth in 2nd, and Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith were quick enough to earn relay berths.

The combined time of the top-four, minus 1.5 seconds, had to come in at 7:53.43 to qualify the top-four girls. They were well under that mark, coming in at 7:50.31. Kennedy Goss also got under the ‘A’ standard in 5th, but misses out on a spot on the team. Taylor Ruck surprisingly was off form and finished 8th in the final.

The women’s 200 breast saw Olympic finalist Kierra Smith (2:24.36) and Ashley McGregor (2:25.32) both get under the standard and qualify for the team. McGregor noted in the post-race interview that this was her first time on the national team since 2010.

The women continued to steal the show into the 100 back, as Kylie Masse threw down a time of 58.21, the fastest ever swim in a textile and the 3rd fastest swim ever. It was also a Canadian Record and an Americas Record.

Behind her, Hilary Caldwell and Dominique Bouchard tied for 2nd in 1:00.25, both under the ‘A’ standard. To break the tie they went to the prelim swims, where Caldwell was faster so she earns a spot on the team.

In the last male event of the night, Javier Acevedo became the first guy on the team clocking a best of 53.64 to win the 100 back and get under the standard of 54.06. He was just 0.01 shy of the eight-year-old Canadian Record.

Despite only one qualification, there were some strong swims on the men’s side including Eli Wall winning the 200 breast in a best time of 2:12.26, and Markus Thormeyer emerging with a win in the 200 free in 1:48.33.

Canadian Worlds Team (thru day 1)



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Ex Quaker
5 years ago

The ‘prelims tiebreaker’ system seems questionable at best. Can anyone explain the justification?

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Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

No justification required – it’s spelled out in the selection document:

5 years ago

kierra smith has got to have the most ugly stroke in history

Oh Canada!
5 years ago

Bouchard was robbed!!

Reply to  Oh Canada!
5 years ago

It’s unfortunate, for sure, but that’s the established protocal for that particular situation. Still, she was not far off her best there, and she’s much more of a 200 specialist, so she will probably still make the team.

Reply to  Oh Canada!
5 years ago

I think it is a good call. Will a 1:00.6ish make top 8 make the finals in Budapest? Everyone knew the protocol before they swam. I think it is a good idea. Definitely not robbed since she might not have made the team in a swim off.

About James Sutherland

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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