2017 Canadian Swimming Trials
The psych sheets for the upcoming Canadian World Championship Trials have been released, with many notable swimmers missing.
The most significant is Santo Condorelli, who gained his Canadian Sporting Citizenship in 2015 before representing Canada at the 2015 Pan Ams, 2015 Worlds, and the 2016 Olympic Games. Condorelli’s best event has been the 100 freestyle, where he finished 2nd at the Pan Ams before back-to-back 4th place finishes in Kazan and Rio.
After taking a redshirt year in 2015-16, Condorelli has been back training and going to school at USC since September. He recently competed at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, earning All-American honors in four different events.
Another surprising name absent from the psych sheet is Emily Overholt, who earned bronze in the 400 IM at the 2015 World Championships before taking 5th at the Olympics last summer.
Along with those two, eight other members of Canada’s Olympic team are missing:
- Ashton Baumann
- Jason Block
- Ryan Cochrane (officially retired)
- Evan van Moerkerke
- Audrey Lacroix
- Brittany Maclean (officially retired)
- Martha McCabe
- Noemie Thomas
As for swimmers actually competing, last summer’s Canadian star Penny Oleksiak is entered in five events, including the two she medaled in individually in Rio, the 100 free and 100 fly. She will also partake in the 50 free, 200 free and 50 fly.
The men’s side is led by Yuri Kisil and Markus Thormeyer, who both lit up the pool at the U Sport Championships in February. After getting the Canadian 400 free relay to the final the last two years in Kazan and Rio, they’ll be in tough to do so again without Condorelli and van Moerkerke. Both have been on great form and should qualify in multiple events. The only other male Olympians competing will be Javier Acevedo and Mack Darragh.
Check out the psych sheets here.