The 2014 Canadian Commonwealth Games and Pan Pac trials will be taking place in Victoria, British Columbia April 2-5 highlighting Canada’s finest swimming stars. If you don’t know the Canadian roster too well you might want to know who to look for at the meet.
Noemie Thomas, Katerine Savard, and Audrey Lacroix
Look for Thomas, Savard, and Lacroix to be competing in the fly events at trials. These three girls all have the capability of getting on the podium at PanPacs and Commonwealths this summer possibly in more than one fly event. They’ve all posted top 10 times in the world this year in their respective events and should be fairly fast at trials. Savard and Thomas both made the finals at last year’s World Championships in the 100m fly; Lacroix came 10th in the 200 fly with a 2:07.91 just barely missing out on finals.
Cochrane has medalled at every international competition since the 2008 Olympics, so you can almost guarantee that he’ll be able to throw down a fast time at trials. He’s not known for swimming incredibly fast in-season, but he should be able to post times that will get him on the team where he’ll excel in the distance freestyles at both the Pan Pacs and Commonwealth Games. Cochrane will be swimming the 400, 800, and 1500m freestyles which he has tons of international experience in making him the man to beat in all three. His teammate Will Brothers will also be contending for a spot in the 1500m freestyle with Cochrane.
Tera Van Beilen and Martha McCabe
McCabe and Van Beilen will be competing in the breaststroke events at trials. Look for McCabe to have the edge over the field in the 200, and Van Beilen to have it in the 100. McCabe suffered an injury earlier this season and has only competed at one competition since November. At a meet in Plantation, Florida in mid-March, she posted a 1:11.54 in the 100m breaststroke and a 2:30.69 in the 200m breaststroke. Assuming she can go a little bit faster at trials she shouldn’t have much of a problem getting a spot on the team, but she’ll have her hands full with Ashley McGregor as well in the 200. Van Beilen’s been hot this year after having a great CIS Championships and posting some great in-season times in the 100m breaststroke. Van Beilen should be around a 1:07-1:08 at trials which will most likely get her a spot on the team.
Alec Page and Andrew Ford
Alec Page and Andrew Ford are Canada’s IM swimmers, both making the 2013 World Championship roster. Ford will be the favorite in the 200m IM whereas Page will be the favorite in the 400. Page is one of Canada’s up-and-coming youngsters in the event. He’s done some great racing this season at the Grand Prix series in the States which should help him secure a win at trials. Page was a 4:26.86 in the 400m IM prelims at the BC Open in early March, but should be a lot faster come trials.
Brittany MacLean, Savannah King, Barbara Jardin, and Samantha Cheverton
These up and coming freestyle swimmers should be battling for individual spots in the 200m freestyle. The favorite has to be MacLean after coming off a great NCAA Championships where she won both the 400 and 1650y freestyles in new NCAA records. Together, these four should be able to qualify for a relay position and be definite medal contender at the Pan Pacs and Commonwealths in the 4x200m freestyle relay. MacLean will be looking for a spot in all the freestyles excluding the 50. King should be her closest competitor in the 200 through 800 freestyles, but you can’t count out Barbara Jardin who was competing with King throughout the CIS Championships.
Coleman Allen and Zack Chetrat
Allen and Chetrat are the favorites going into their own fly events respectively. Chetrat is the favorite in the 200m fly after securing a fifth consecutive CIS championship victory in the event in late February. Coleman Allen won the 100m fly at the CIS Championships breaking his own record, so you know these two swimmers are going to be fast at trials. Allen will be swimming in both flys as well as the 100 and 200m freestyles.
Hilary Caldwell should be first to the wall in the 200m backstroke. Last year she earned herself a bronze medal at the World Championships in the event and his been posting some fast times ever since. Caldwell should also be in medal contention at Commonwealths and Worlds. Caldwell is currently absent from the psych sheet, but after speaking to her earlier in the week she did say she would be competing at trials.
Psych sheets are up on the Swimming Canada website. The trials will run April 2-5.