Kelsey Wog Eyes 2nd Event In Tokyo Following 2:12.45 200 IM Prelim


During the first on 2 day 3 prelims sessions at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials, Sydney Pickrem got things going in the women’s 200 IM with a 2:11.39. That was a bit over her entry time of 2:08.61 as well as her bronze medal;-winning swim from the 2019 World Championships where she hit a 2:08.70.

Pickrem won’t need to win the final tonight in order to swim the event in Tokyo as she’s been pre-selected for the team in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breast.

The question that will be answered tonight, however, is who will join Pickrem in the event.

Kelsey Wog is the frontrunner after prelims, having posted the only other time under the FINA A of 2:12.56 with a 2:12.45. Wog qualified for the team last night in the women’s 100 breaststroke and will have a shot here to add a second event to her lineup.

In order to qualify, Wog will need to hold off the field of women behind her that will be fighting hard for a spot in the top 2. Specifically, a trio of women went 3-5 in the prelims and were all within striking distance of the FINA A.

Bailey Andison was third in the heats and was only 0.32 over the cut with a 2:12.88 while Mary-Sophie Harvey came in around a second later with a 2:13.76 and Ashley McMillan rounded out the top 5 in a 2:13.81.

On the men’s side, Canadian record-holder Finlay Knox looks to be well on his way to his first Olympic qualifying swim after leading the prelims by nearly a second. Knox was a 2:01.75 in the morning which trails both the FINA A of 1:59.67 and his own PB and national record of 1:58.88 from earlier this season. Knox will need to get a little bit closer to his PB tonight to add his name to the roster.

There is potential for more than 1 man to get on the team for the 200 IM but it will take a decent drop from one of them in order to pull it off.

Robert Hill was a 2:02.73 in the morning to hover over his entry time of 2:01.73 while Collyn Gagne shaved some time off his 2:05.55 entry time to hit a 2:03.28. Those 2 men will lead the way along with Knox into the final but will need to dip under 2:00 in order to have a shot in Tokyo.

Also in on the action will be Cole Pratt (2:03.36) who is qualified to race the 100 backstroke in Tokyo, Montana Champagne (2:03.50), 2016 Olympian Mack Darragh (2:03.50), and Northwestern commit Graysen Bernard (2:03.96).

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