Funk Declines Swim-Off in 200 Breaststroke; Baumann Takes Spot for Worlds

After Richard Funk and Ashton Baumann tied for the top spot in the 200 breaststroke at the 2013 Canadian World Championship Trials on Saturday, there was the potential for a huge swimoff.

Both swimmers touched in 2:14.84 to tie for first place; that’s a FINA “B” qualifying time, but because it’s not an “A” qualifying time, Swimming Canada is only allowed to enter one of them into Worlds this summer. By qualifying rules, a swim-off was to be done in the next few months at a mutually agreeable time and place.

As it turned out, Funk, who was recently a part of the Michigan team that won the NCAA Championship, declined said swim-off. Funk was already on the team after winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.87, and that sprint breaststroke race is truly his better opportunity at advancing out of the prelims in Barcelona.

That means that the 20-year old Baumann will make his first trip to a senior global championship. Baumann has an outstanding pedigree; his father is 1984 double Olympic gold medalist, and former World Record holder, Alex Baumann.

The younger Ashton is already making a name for himself. A few years ago, he broke the Ontario Provincial 15-17 record in this same event: a record held since 1982 by one of his father’s peers: Victor Davis.

To see the full roster that will swim in Barcelona from July 28th-August 4th, click here.

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9 years ago

And his daughter Tabitha in the 1500m free

Lane Four
9 years ago

First Gary Hall Sr and Jr and now Alex Baumann with his son, Ashton. Very nice.

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