2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS
- 2014 World Champion – Femke Heemskerk (NED), 51.37, CR
- World Record – Cate Campbell (AUS), 50.91, 2015
- Championship Record – Femke Heemskerk (NED), 51.37
With chants of “Penny, Penny, Penny” coming from the Windsor school children in the crowd, Oleksiak didn’t disappoint, stretching to the wall with a huge last 25 in order to take down the previous Canadian record and put up the fastest time of the heats.
Oleksiak’s time of 52.36 broke Sandrine Mainville’s previous Canadian record of 52.41 that she set back in 2013.
Oleksiak swam the race in true Oleksiak fashion, waiting to make her move on the last 25 in order to just get her hand on the wall first. She was out in 25.45, coming back in 26.91. Her second 50 was the fastest closing split of the entire field, being the only athlete to dip under 27-seconds.
The 2016 co Olympic gold medallist will compete in the second semifinal tonight where she’ll face off with Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, Federica Pellegrini of Italy, and Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark to name a few.
In the stacked semifinal Oleksiak will once again try to prove that she’s the swimmer to beat, demonstrating the potential to take home a gold medal on home soil.