Pickrem, Funk Win 100 Breast Titles To Close Canadian Nationals


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

The final day of the 2018 RBC Canadian National Championships saw some familiar faces pick up gold medals, as Sydney PickremAlexander Pratt and Mackenzie Padington all added to their collection with their third titles of the meet. We also saw national team veteran Richard Funk pick himself up a win after a near miss earlier in the weekend.

Pickrem won her third gold of the meet in the 100 breast, adding to her haul of golds that she won earlier in both the 200 breast and 200 IM. Pickrem came in in a time of 1:07.90, a personal best. Avery Wiseman of the Triton Swim Club placed 2nd in 1:08.46, and Nina Kucheran of Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club was 3rd in 1:09.27. Both swimmers were named to the Youth Olympic Games and Junior Pan Pac rosters at the end of the meet.

In the men’s event, Funk won in a time of 1:00.95, a step in the right direction as he’ll aim to qualify for the Pan Pacific Championships later in the summer. Gabe Mastromatteo of Kenora, a joint winner with Alexander Milanovich in the 50 breast, finished 2nd in 1:01.44. Milanovich ended up 4th in this event, and both swimmers were also named to the Youth Olympic and Junior Pan Pac rosters.

Padington, having won the 200 and 800 free on day 1, added a third gold with a win in the 100 free (55.77). Kyla Leibel (55.95) and Aleksa Gold (56.09) were 2nd and 3rd. Stephen Calkins topped the men’s race in 50.10, followed by Owen Daly (50.35) and Alexander Pratt (50.42). Pratt, who won the 200 and 400 earlier, added another gold in the 800 on day 4 as well. He clocked 8:08.20 to top Island’s Josh Zakala (8:10.63) and Cascade teammate Alexander Katelnikoff (8:10.83).


  • Kate Sanderson won the women’s 1500 in 16:39.45.
  • Sophie Marois (2:14.95) of Neptune Natation and Montana Champagne (2:00.48) of the GO Kingfish won the women’s and men’s 200 fly.
  • In the 400 medley relay, the Island Swim Club women triumphed over Pointe-Claire, while CAMO won the men’s event, also other Pointe-Claire.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
(G)olden Bear
3 years ago

Overpowered by Funk!

Coach John
Reply to  (G)olden Bear
3 years ago

CAN Richard Funk

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 …

Read More »