Evan White is the only man in the 200 IM field who has broken two minutes in his career.
Youth seems to be the name of the game in the women’s Canadian medley scene as both Emily Overholt and Sydney Pickrem look to make their first Olympic team. While the two stand out above the rest of the athletes, there’s likely a chance for Canada to send two swimmers in each event, meaning that if Overholt and Pickrem are on their game it will be an absolute dog fight for those two spots.
Canada has the potential to put multiple swimmers in both the 100 and 200 fly finals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the question is, who will they be? Katerine Savard, Noemie Thomas, and Penny Oleksiak look to go head-to-head in the 100 whereas the heavy favourite Audrey Lacroix will have to defeat Emily Overholt for her spot on the team.
Zack Chetrat will look to make his first Olympic team in the 200 fly after missing by 0.02 four years ago.
The Canadian women’s team is looking to be well rounded with the potential to send a swimmer into the Olympic final in almost every stroke discipline. While women’s backstroke has the most depth in Canadian swimming, women’s breaststroke isn’t far behind. With plenty of top competitors like Rachel Nicol, Kierra Smith, and Martha McCabe, Canada has the potential to send a very solid breaststroke group to Rio.
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?