Pickrem, Acevedo Continue To Shine At Canadian Nationals


  • Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Olympic Park Sports Centre, Montreal, Quebec
  • Long Course Meters
  • Live results

Days 2 and 3 of the Canadian Swimming Championships have seen some strong swims across the board, highlighted by NCAA swimmers Sydney Pickrem and Javier Acevedo.

Pickrem, who competes for Texas A&M, won the 200 breast on day 1, and has followed up with solid showings in the 200 free and 200 IM over the last two days. In a very close 200 free final, she placed 3rd in 1:59.82 behind Mackenzie Padington (1:59.74) and Kennedy Goss (1:59.75), both of whom also compete in the NCAA. She opted to sit out of the 400 IM, arguably her best event, but came back with a decisive win in the 200 IM, putting up a time of 2:11.31.

Acevedo has compiled three wins over days 2 and 3, taking the 100 back (54.65), 200 IM (2:01.99), and 50 back (25.43). Robert Hill was the runner-up in both the 200 IM (2:02.99) and 50 back (26.07), while Sebastian Somerset took 2nd in the 100 back in 56.02.

Another swimmer who has impressed in Montreal is Alexander Pratt of the Cascade Swim Club, who announced his presence on the scene with some very impressive swims at the Ontario Junior International meet at the end of 2017. He won both the 200 free (1:49.39) and 400 free (3:52.32), with Barrie’s Adrian Vanderhelm (1:51.46) and Calgary’s Peter Brothers (3:54.40) finishing as runners-up.


  • Relay Olympic medalist Sandrine Mainville handily won the women’s 50 fly in 26.50, while Owen Daly won the men’s race in 23.99.
  • Daly also tied for gold in the 100 fly, clocking 53.61 along with Alexandre Perreault.
  • Danielle Hanus won the women’s 100 back in 1:00.54 over Maggie MacNeil (1:02.04). They also went 1-2 in the 100 fly, with MacNeil on top in 58.98.
  • Victoria Kwan (4:51.50) and Josh Zakala (4:21.75) emerged victorious in the women’s and men’s 400 IM.
  • Youngster Avery Wiseman won the women’s 50 breast in 31.75, while Alexander Milanovich and Gabe Mastromatteo tied in the men’s event in 27.94.
  • Molly Gowans won the women’s 400 free in 4:11.55 over Goss (4:12.36).
  • Daphne Danyluk (28.92) edged out Ingrid Wilm (29.03) for the gold in the women’s 50 back.

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5 years ago

Javier better start thinking about Thormeyer! He has gotten to a new level this year at Commonwealth Games!

Reply to  Superfan
5 years ago

That 54.6 after his full taper for NCAA’s two weeks ago is quite good for him. It was also his first long course meet of the season after racing SCY since September. The two have pushed each other since they were 13-14 and it would be great if Canada could get two qualifiers in the 100 and 200 back for Tokyo out of them

Reply to  Dudeman
5 years ago

Absolutely. Canada has been weak in both backstroke events for too long. It’s time to start getting into 53low and 1:56 territory.

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Anyone know definitively why Javier & Sydney did not attend CWG? School? But then here they are at Canadian Nats. Certainly they both have medal potential.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Most likely because of the shorter time frame. Finals are coming up at a lot of schools and they probably didn’t want to miss as much class.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Thank you.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Because they were at NCAA’s, usually NCAA’s conflicts with trials meets but this time there was only a few days between the ending of NCAA’s and when team Canada left for the staging camp

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Dudeman
5 years ago

Thank you too

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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