Masse, Kisil Highlight 10 New Pan Pac Qualifiers On Day 2 In Edmonton


Ten swimmers added their name to the Canadian roster for the next month’s Pan Pacific Championships tonight in Edmonton, led by reigning world champion Kylie Masse. After 13 qualifiers on day 1, the count is currently at 23.

Masse won the 100 back easily in a time of 59.05 to solidify her place on the team, and will have a great battle with Australia’s Emily Seebohm and fellow Canadian Taylor Ruck in Tokyo, just as they did back in April at the Commonwealth Games. There, Masse won gold in a time of 58.63, and she’s been as fast as 58.54 this year which is the fastest in the world.

Also adding their name to the team on day 2 was 2016 Olympic semi-finalist Yuri Kisil, who won the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 49.14. Ruslan Gaziev and Owen Daly added their names to the team by finishing 3rd and 4th, as did Alexia ZevnikKyla Leibel and Maggie MacNeil by taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the women’s event.

Penny Oleksiak, who qualified for the team last night in the 200 free, won the women’s 100, and Markus Thormeyer was the runner-up in the men’s 100 free and also won the 100 back.

Mabel Zavaros and Mack Darragh, both of the Oakville Aquatic Club, won the women’s and men’s 200 fly to add their names to the team, and Peter Brothers of the University of Calgary Swim Club also grabbed a spot with a win in the men’s 1500 in 15:38.56.

Canadian Pan Pac Qualifiers Through Day 2 (23)

Women Men
Mackenzie Padington 800 FR Markus Thormeyer 200 FR, 4×100 FR, 100 BK
Taylor Ruck 200 FR Alex Pratt 4×200 FR
Kayla Sanchez 200 FR Javier Acevedo 4×200 FR
Penny Oleksiak 200 FR, 100 FR Jeremy Bagshaw 4×200 FR
Rebecca Smith 4×200 FR Richard Funk 100 BR
Kierra Smith 100 BR Tristan Cote 400 IM
Emily Overholt 400 IM Yuri Kisil 100 FR
Alexia Zevnik 4×100 FR Ruslan Gaziev 4×100 FR
Kyla Leibel 4×100 FR Owen Daly 4×100 FR
Maggie MacNeil 4×100 FR Mack Darragh 200 FLY
Mabel Zavaros 200 FLY Peter Brothers 1500 FR
Kylie Masse 100 BK

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5 years ago

I will probably get this wrong. But on the Men’s side why do they state that in order to qualify they have to make the Fina “A” standard. When so far, after several events, on the men’s side only one Male has made that standard in the 200 Free. Why would you send the top 4 finishers in the 200 Free as a relay team when the other 3 did not make the standard. I would assume that such a relay team will not do very well granted may be it gives the younger swimmers “experience”. I also assume that maybe some of these swimmers have made the Fina ” A” standard during the last 2 years? Life Richard Funk… Read more »

Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

So right now I believe they are just nominated to the team and then come sunday with the conclusion of the meet, they will announce the final team, so some of those names on the list may be left off. But I may also be wrong, but thats my understanding

Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

I’m pretty sure that the Fina A standard qualification applies to those not winning a race. Every race winner (male & female) qualifies for Pan-Pacs regardless of their time, and are actually free to enter into any event at Pan-Pacs. So someone like Acevedo will most likely swim the 100m backstroke at Pan-Pacs even though he didn’t meet the qualification standard for that event at trials. And because of the small amount of countries participating I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t even a qualification standard for relays; any country is free to enter a relay team if they wish to do so.

Reply to  Canadaman11
5 years ago

Thanks for the information. It makes one wonder why have a swim meet? I remember a few years back comments that an X Olympic swimmer from 2012 , 200IM Andrew Ford had stated about this process. He Was Right!

Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

Still have to WIN an individual event and therefore be crowned National Champ to qualify for the next international meet, or be top 4 to qualify for a relay berth, or. …if you are neither be fast enough in any event (fina A) to earn a non automatic berth.
Only difference for Pan Pacs is the ability to then enter additional events. Ie. Maybe 2 of your strongest world class events are back to back at nationals but on different days at Pan Pacs.

Reply to  NJones
5 years ago

What about the Acevedo 100 Back example. If CANADAMAN11 is correct then that goes against what you just stated. He did not ‘WIN” or make any A Standard yet. but he could still swim at Pan-Pacs?

Reply to  James Sutherland
5 years ago

James – I guess I was trying to explain, in a poor fashion, that there seems to be MANY ways that an individual can be selected. And contrary to what has been stated you don’t “have to win an individual event” because you can still be selected by Atkinson for no reason other then he likes you!. I again refer back to what was stated in years past by Andrew Ford. And he was correct! Why have a swim meet when individuals can still pick people and it is NOT based on performance. If Canada wants to send individuals that have very slow times in relation to the FINA “A” standard such as in the men’s 1500 then people are… Read more »

Reply to  NJones
5 years ago

Sidenote – I don’t think Ruck, Smith, or Sanchez have swam in any races after all finished in the top 4 in the 200m free, but I expect all will be in plenty of races at Pan-Pacs. Ruck will probably be in 4-5 individual races at Pan-Pacs but only had to swim in 1 race at trials to get there.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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