Oleksiak, Smith Among Nine New Worlds Qualifiers For Canada


After six swimmers booked their tickets to the World Championships on night one of the 2019 Canadian Trials in Toronto, nine more added their name to the roster on night two.

Most notably qualifying was Penny Oleksiak, who placed second to Taylor Ruck in the women’s 100 freestyle. Both were under the ‘A’ standard, so they’ll swim the event individually in Gwangju, and Kayla Sanchez and Maggie MacNeil took third and fourth to qualify for the 400 free relay.

In the men’s event, Markus Thormeyer picked up his second win in as many nights in 48.76, sneaking under the ‘A’ time to add a second individual to his Worlds schedule. Yuri Kisil was three-tenths off the time in 49.11 but does qualify for the relay, as did Will Pisani and Carson Olafson.

In the women’s 100 breast Kierra Smith came through with a big swim after being disqualified in the 200 (after initially thinking she had won), winning in a personal best time of 1:06.54 to qualify for the team.

Despite failing to make the team in her best event, Smith remained confident heading into the 100.

“I swam really fast last night. I knew I could come back today and have a great swim,” she said.

Sydney Pickrem, who was bumped to gold after the Smith DQ, won the women’s 400 IM in 4:35.15 to add that to her schedule. Joining her will be Emily Overholt (4:37.88), who gets back on the Worlds team after winning bronze in this event in 2015.

In the men’s race, Tristan Cote got himself under the cut by five-one-hundredths in 4:17.85 to qualify.

Richard Funk won the men’s 100 breast in 1:01.18, over a second off the ‘A’ cut, but he’ll likely be added to the team at the end of the meet for the medley relay.


Count Women Event Men Event
1 Kylie Masse 100 BK Markus Thormeyer 100 BK, 100 FR
2 Taylor Ruck 100 BK, 100 FR Yuri Kisil 400 FR-R
3 Sydney Pickrem 200 BR, 400 IM Will Pisani 400 FR-R
4 Kelsey Wog 200 BR Carson Olafson 400 FR-R
5 Mackenzie Padington 1500 FR Tristan Cote 400 IM
6 Penny Oleksiak 100 FR
7 Kayla Sanchez 400 FR-R
8 Maggie MacNeil 400 FR-R
9 Kierra Smith 100 BR
10 Emily Overholt 400 IM

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1 year ago

Kierra Smith’s breastroke is incredibly illegal. Should have been DQed in the 100 as well, purposefully modifies her stroke between flags and the wall to try and get around DQs but was caught in the 200.

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Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Do you think the Canadian Officials were not watching Kiera? I think Kiera’s stroke is legal and that maybe occasionally her elbow comes out of the water but if that occurs it is seldom. If you want harp on something that happens all the time you should start looking at under water pullouts and the number of dolphin kicks most breaststroke’s are taking.

1 year ago

Quick question. I always thought there are FINA A&B cuts. Bring under the A cut means the country can get 2 athletes competing in the event. While if a country achieves B cut only that means the country gets just one athlete. Can anyone help me on this? Thanks.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
1 year ago

There is a Fina B standard for the meet, usually it is to increase the swimmer pool to allow smaller and more non-swimming countries to enter athletes. Most countries with a developed swim program either use the A cut for the first entry or make up their own standard (could be faster of slower) for a swimmer to swim the event. Canada could use the B and it would allow all event winners to attend the meet, but they would be more tourists than contenders. Debatable if that is good or bad I guess. If however, a swimmer who has qualified to attend World Champs has the B cut in an event that Canada has no representation in, theoretically they… Read more »

Reply to  Fish
1 year ago

Got it. Thanks a lot.

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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