Oleksiak Enters Six, Ruck Five Events At Canadian Trials (Psych Sheet)

2019 Canadian Swimming Trials

The psych sheets for the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials have been released by Swimming Canada, with the event being used for selection to the 2019 World Championships, Pan American Games, World University Games, World Junior Championships, Para World Championships, and Para Pan Ams.

The meet will run from April 3-7 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Penny Oleksiak has entered six events for the competition, including the 200 free (sixth seed) and 200 fly (top seed). The two events are back-to-back on day four, so she’ll likely only do one. Swimming the 200 free would likely be primarily to swim the relay at Worlds, but she did swim it individually at last year’s Commonwealth Games and has the ability to contend having split sub-1:55 back in Rio.

The 200 fly is an event she has yet to explore on the international stage but would be an intriguing one for her to swim after she dropped four and a half seconds and went sub-2:10 at the Mel Zajac meet back in June.

She’s also entered in the 100 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly, the three events she raced at the Knoxville Pro Series in January, and the 50 freestyle.

Kylie Masse has entered four events, with the 50 free and 100 fly joining her primary races in the 100 and 200 backstroke. She hasn’t entered the 50 back here, but that shouldn’t impede her ability to swim it in Gwangju.

The meet presents the same challenge every year for swimmers going to school in the U.S., as they have a short turnaround from the NCAA Championships before this meet. Particularly for the men, who have NCAAs wrap up on Saturday and then the Trials kick off the following Wednesday.

Among the women coming off NCAAs is Taylor Ruck, who had a standout performance there with a pair of individual runner-up finishes as her Stanford Cardinal won their third consecutive title. She has entered five events for the meet: the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle, and the 100 and 200 backstroke. She’ll be looking to qualify for her first Long Course World Championship after a standout Commonwealth Games (eight medals) and Pan Pacific Championships (five medals) in 2018.

Also notably coming off of NCAAs on the women’s side are Sydney PickremMaggie MacNeil, and Mackenzie Padington who are all entered as well. Javier Acevedo, Will Pisani and James Guest will be among the men who will have that quick turnaround from men’s NCAAs.

Emily OverholtKayla SanchezRebecca SmithYuri Kisil, and Markus Thormeyer are a few more of Canada’s brightest stars who will all be in attendance.

There will also be a few international swimmers competing, including Louise HanssonDylan Carter, Nikola Miljenic and Victor Johansson who train at USC, along with the likes of Gabby DeLoofZheng QuahMitch D’ArrigoOmar Pinzon and Luis Martinez.


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I think the NCAA Canadian women mentioned above will all qualify for team. Maggie MacNeil might have toughest pathway with Oleksiak and R. Smith in her best event but I think she’ll punch her ticket somehow. Taylor Ruck’s schedule in Gwangju could be bananas. 3 relays plus 2 mixed relays plus maybe 4 individual events. I’m tired even typing all that.


What would please more Canadian fans: successful but not necessarily winning relays or individual gold medals by Taylor Ruck. I know that they want it all, but maybe something should be sacrificed.


I’d suggest Ruck sacrifice 100 back (day 2 and 3) in Korea and let Baker, Masse, Regan Smith etc fight it out. It would give her a full day off (day 2) and only 200 free on day 3. For relays, she’s needed on all 3 W relays otherwise medal chances diminish significantly. Don’t know or care about mixed relays.


Individual vs Relay. Had American W4x100 free relay any chances to win gold Olympic medal in Rio? They won silver medal being behind world record Australian team by 1.24 sec. Looks like no chance, but … Should the relay be the highest priority then Manuel would be 0.63 sec faster and Vollmer wouldn’t have double this evening. in this case it would be Ledecky but not Campbell who had a clear water and about body length advantage at the start. Cate Campbell, Sarah Sjostrom and Abbey Weitzeil were incredible in this relay but had not shown anything spectacular in individual race later. I know that the most beauty of statistical data is that it can explain any theory 😀 This… Read more »


I can think about this all I want in my spare time but no one was going to beat Australian women that night. They were heavy favorites to win 4×100 free relay in Rio and didn’t disappoint.
Interesting point though on individual v. relay and which brings more glory. At PanPacs in 2014 Kevin Cordes was had lane 5 in finals of 200 breast but scratched in order to be fresher for medley relay. Worked out for him and USA.

Science Geek

Now Ruck’s conference swims make sense to me. She probably prepared less for Pac 12s than anybody. I am an old fart out of the know but hopefully Meehan has put her together just right because Ruck hasn’t had ideal trial meets up to this point. I wish her and all Canadians the best, they’ve been impressive of late and hope the trend continues.

Coach Mike 1952

Great article – any info on video coverage?
Likely CBC yes?

Canadian Swimmer

CBC has streamed the event the past few years, but I don’t think they’ve made an official announcement.

Swimming Canada is selling tickets at the door. $5 for prelims. $10 for Finals. $60 for an all-sessions pass.


Likely on CBC but expect budget coverage at best.


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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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