Penny Oleksiak Scratches 50 Fly On Night 1 Of Canadian Trials


Penny Oleksiak has scratched out of tonight’s 50 fly final at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto.

Oleksiak posted the top time of this morning’s prelims in 26.08, less than half a second under her Canadian Record of 25.62.

The scratch is not a big surprise as Swimming Canada isn’t using non-Olympic events (50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly) as qualifiers for the World Championship team. Also scratching from the A-final was Jade Hannah (26.98), Paulina Nogaj (27.37), and Sofia Henell (27.81) moving Roxane Lemieux (27.82) in.

The 18-year-old is entered in five more events over the next four days of the competition: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly.

Haley Black (26.77) now comes in as the top seed for the final, followed by Sarah Watson (26.93), Sadie Fazekas (26.98), and Maggie MacNeil (26.99).

Another major scratch comes from Kayla Sanchez, who was the second fastest swimmer this morning in the 100 back in a time of 59.82.

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It’s only a 50 fly why scratch 🤷🏻‍♂️


It’s not even a qualifying event. At least with the Canadian trials, if you qualify for the 100m butterfly, you are also allowed to compete in the 50m butterfly.


Unless I’m misreading, it looks like Sanchez scratched 100 back.

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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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