Ingrid Wilm Hits 59.4 100 Back to Win Gold on Night Two in Montreal


Ingrid Wilm kept her momentum going in Montreal at the Canadian Championships after winning the 50 back on Monday. She claimed victory again in the women’s 18 & over 100 back final Tuesday night with a time of 59.47 and a 1.4 second lead over the field. This shaves .07 off her lifetime best time from her leadoff split on Canada’s 4×100 medley relay at the 2022 World Championships in June.

Regan Rathwell came within .8 of her best 100 back time from March to snag 2nd place behind Wilm (1:00.90). They are set to race again in the 200 back where Rathwell is the top seed and Wilm is ranked 3rd.

In the men’s 100 back, UBC’s Blake Tierney won the 19 & over category with a time of 55.39, about a second off his fastest time. 16-year-old Aiden Norman of the University of Calgary Swim Club won the 16-18 race (57.21) by out touching Club Aquatique Montreal’s Loic Courville Fortin by .08 (57.29). Norman’s best time stands at 56.54 which he posted at the Canadian Swimming Trials in April while Courville Fortin has been as fast as 56.00 which he also swam in April. It was Paul Orogo of Hyack Swim Club who got his hand to the wall first in the 14-15 category (58.37), shaving one-third of a second off his fastest time.

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club’s Emma Finlin took the lead in the women’s 400 free 15-17 event, posting a time of 4:16.98 to take gold. She nearly matched her lifetime best time from the Canadian Swimming Trials in April. 14-year-olds Ella Cosgrove and Maxine Clark had a battle in the 13-14 category where ultimately Cosgrove won (4:20.94) just .02 ahead of Clark in 2nd place (4:20.96). This was a big swim for both swimmers with Cosgrove crushing her best time from Canadian Trials in April by about three seconds and Clark beating hers (also from April) by about four seconds.

The University of Calgary did some rearranging on their women’s 4×100 medley relay after placing third in prelims which gave Clark another swim. They switched Kamryn Cannings who swam a 59.94 fly leg this morning to freestyle and subbed in Clark on butterfly. The 14-year-old phenom blasted a 1:00.70 in finals while Cannings anchored in 55.27, both swimmers posting the fastest splits in the field. The team hit the wall first with a time of 4:12.86.

In the men’s 4×100 medley relay, Simon Fraser Aquatics won after a tight race with Island Swimming. What set them apart most was Jayden Cole‘s leadoff split of 57.21 and Leo Faith‘s anchor split of 51.69, leading them to a win in 3:47.61.

In para-swimming, Angela Marina won the women’s 200 free S2-S5, S14 event in 2:16.79, taking more than a second off her prelims time. Abi Tripp had her second victory of the meet, following her win in the women’s 100 breast SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14 yesterday. On day two she earned 1st place in the women’s 400 free S6-S11, S13 with a time of 5:21.30. Both athletes represented Canada at the Para World Championships in June.

Other Events

  • M 200 free S2-S5, S14 – Tyson MacDonald won with a time of 2:07.46, slightly trailing his prelims time.
  • M 400 free S6-S11, S13 – Zach Zona clocked a 5:00.94 to claim victory in this event.
  • Women’s 100 breast – Kathryn Ivanov led the 18 & over event with a time of 1:10.49, out touching second place finisher Shona Branton, her London Aquatic Club teammate, by .20. Ivanov has broken 1:10.00 before, but this was a lifetime best time for Branton by about .8 seconds. In the 15-17 race, Danika Either clocked a 1:10.42 to take 1st place by a narrow margin of .27. The 13-14 event, however, was not a close race. Halle West took control of the race from the start and touched the wall first with a time of 1:11.64 and a 2.5 second lead over the field. West’s time took about one second off her best time from April and would have placed her 5th among the 18 & over age group.
  • M 200 free – Cale Murdock of Williams Lake Blue Fins took over 1st place in the 19 & over race by taking a second off his prelims time, touching the wall first at 1:52.13. It was Surrey Knights’ Yu Tong Wu who commanded the field in the 16-18 race, finishing with a time of 1:51.24, nearly matching his best time, and a 2 second lead over the field. In the 14-15 category, Will Browne snagged 1st place (1:53.34.)

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1 year ago

I wonder why wilm wasn’t included in the commonwealth roster. They knew Taylor Ruck wasn’t going and As the article says Wilm set a pb at the WC. Would have given her a but more international experience.

Reply to  CanSwimFan
1 year ago

Team Canada could only take 23 total swimmers as their quota, Wilm no doubt likely #24 or close in the selection rankings.

Reply to  NJones
1 year ago

After withdrawals though, I would’ve thought you’d pick Wilm over Zavaros?

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

True. Except sprint backstrokes appear to be ‘covered’ if you will with Masse and MacNeil (can’t wait to see what a 25.2 sc translates to lc!). Zavaros perhaps filled some empty holes in 200 fly, mid/distance freestyle. Perhaps Wilm declined after the fact? Summer plans already in place??

1 year ago

Some great swims. Hoping Halle West can drop big time the next couple of years and fill the breaststroke gap on the otherwise strong women’s 4×100 medley relay!

Bo Swims
Reply to  CanSwimFan
1 year ago


Great to see Riley’s girls doing so well.

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