Cole Pratt Negative Splits 55.8 100 Back On Day 2 Of Canadian Championships


After winning the 200 back titles on day one of the Canadian Championships in Winnipeg, Jade Hannah of Island Swimming and Cole Pratt of Cascade picked up 100 back victories on day two.

Hannah was nine-tenths faster than anyone in the field on both the opening (28.98) and closing 50s (31.21) en route to claiming the women’s event in a time of 1:00.19, two-tenths off her season-best of 59.89 from the World Championship Trials.

The 17-year-old’s lifetime best stands at 59.62 from the 2017 World Junior Championships.

Placing second was Regan Rathwell of the Greater Ottawa Kingfish, who was third in last night’s 200. The 15-year-old touched in 1:02.04 to narrowly miss her PB of 1:01.93 set at the Canadian Junior Championships in late July.

Neptune Natation’s Asia Minnes, 16, rounded out the podium in 1:02.52, .07 shy of her 1:02.45 best from Trials in April.

In the men’s race, Pratt sat fifth at the 50m turn in 27.94 before rocketing home in 27.92 to negative split the race and win in a time of 55.86. The 16-year-old holds a best of 54.64 from Trials.

Graysen Bernard of the Toronto Swim Club was second in 56.83, improving on his best time of 56.95 from the 2017 Canada Summer Games (which were also held in Winnipeg), and Tayden De Pol of the Nanaimo Riptide took third in 56.92. De Pol swam a PB of 56.47 in the prelims. Bernard and De Pol are 17 and 16 years of age respectively.

Also winning their second individual event of the meet on night two was Katrina Bellio of Etobicoke and Eli Wall of Toronto.

Bellio followed up her 800 free win on Thursday by taking the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:48.89. The 15-year-old holds a best time of 4:46.69 set at the 2019 Trials, which stands as the 13-14 National Age Group Record.

Aela Janvier of Pointe-Claire was the runner-up in 4:51.91, lowering her two-year-old best of 4:52.19, and 12-year-old standout Summer McIntosh won bronze in 4:52.76. McIntosh’s 11-12 NAG stands at 4:50.21.

Wall won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 28.55, touching out Jonathan Naisby of Sherbrooke by 0.01. Naisby’s time of 28.56 was a new personal best, while 16-year-old Brendan Fitzpatrick of Pacific Coast Swimming broke 29 seconds for the first time in third (28.77).


  • 16-year-old Brooklyn Douthwright of the Codiac Vikings won the women’s 200 free in a lifetime best of 2:00.05, running down Kennedy Goss (2:00.19) with a 30.04 final 50. Bellio placed third in a time of 2:02.20.
  • Rising Ohio State sophomore Ruslan Gaziev cracked the 1:50-barrier in the 200 free for the third time as he won the men’s race in 1:49.96, leading Parker Neri (1:51.61) and Cale Murdock (1:51.69). Gaziev swam a best of 1:49.33 last week at U.S. Nationals. Murdock, a member of Pacific Coast, lowered his 2018 best by two-tenths.
  • Marie-Lou Lapointe of St-Eustache won the women’s 50 fly in 27.22 over Sarah Watson (27.32) of the University of Manitoba and Hannah Genich (27.34) from the University of Toronto. Genich’s swim was a new best.
  • Alex Perreault of the Ottawa Swim Club missed his best time by 0.04 in the men’s 50 fly, winning in 24.08.
  • 18-year-old Brodie Young of the UBC Thunderbird Swim Club exploded for a massive PB in the men’s 400 IM, throwing down a time of 4:21.98 to crush his 4:24.87 from Junior Pan Pacs and win by almost three and a half seconds. Brian Palaschuk (4:25.41) and Josh Zakala (4:25.53) were second and third, while 15-year-old Justin Fotherby of Kisu had a breakthrough 4:26.01 to place fourth. Fotherby set a best time of 4:34.50 at the Canadian Juniors in late July, and then brought it down to 4:30.70 this morning before knocking another four seconds plus off tonight.
  • Olympic finalist Rachel Nicol of the LA Swim Club won the women’s 50 breast in 31.30 over Etobicoke’s Sofia Carnevale (31.81) and the University of Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog (31.99).
  • The Edmonton Keyano Swim Club edged out Pacific Coast Swimming for the victory in the mixed 400 medley relay, as Emma O’Croinin (1:03.98), Frederik Kamminga (1:02.99), Mackenzie Flowers (53.86) and Christey Liang (57.23) combined for a time of 3:58.06. Pacific Coast, led by Brendan Fitzpatrick’s 1:01.62 breast split, clocked 3:58.48.

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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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