Richard Funk comes into the Olympic Trials as the favorite in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.
Russell Wood comes in as the top seed in both the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Despite being on the original psych sheets released by Swimming Canada, American swim star Natalie Coughlin will not be competing at Canadian Trials in Toronto.
The women’s backstroke scene arguably displays the most overall depth in Canadian swimming. In both events there are at least two athletes entering with seeds under the FINA ‘A’ time meaning it’s likely Canada will be able to send two athletes in each stroke discipline. With young talent mixing with more seasoned swimmers, the backstroke races will be some of the fastest races at trials.
Santo Condorelli comes in as the favorite in both the 50 and 100m freestyle events.
The 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials will feature one of the best fields of freestylers on the women’s side that the nation has ever seen. From the 50 to the 800 there are competitors who could potentially make Olympic finals and have competed well internationally.
Swimming Canada’s selection process is unique, posing seven different ways that an athlete can qualify for the team. When an athlete meets one of the seven qualifying criteria, Swimming Canada will submit their nominates to the Canadian Olympic Committee who will ultimately approve the nominations.
According to the guidelines, Mexican swimmers are not to be referred to as “representing Mexico.”
Natalie Coughlin, Ryan Murphy, Tom Shields, and Elizabeth Beisel will also be among the deep lineup of foreign swimmers attending the country’s semi-open Olympic and Paralympic Trials.
Which relay teams would rock the lanes in Rio if qualification ended today?
Oakville Aquatic Club are counting down the days and hours to the 2016 Canadian Olympic & Para Swimming Trials. OAK is sending 28 athletes along to the Trials being held at Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre, each hoping to represent Canada in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
CBC Sports and Swimming Canada are proud to announce a multiplatform broadcast partnership connecting Canadians to six days of live coverage of the Olympic & Para-swimming Trials.
Four athletes from the High Performance Centre – Ontario are looking to make their mark at the Canadian Olympic Trials this April with hopes of all qualifying for a spot on the 4x100m freestyle relay.
Missy Franklin (above) was bested by her new training partner in the women’s 200 back final at the Plantation Sectionals on Friday night. The two teamed up to help the Colorado Stars win the 800 free relay.