Pickrem’s 2:24 200 Breast Highlights Day 1 of Canadian Nationals

2018 Canadian National Championships

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

With much of the Canadian national team away at the Commonwealth Games, Canada is hosting its domestic national championship meet in Montreal this week, highlighted by a dominating 200 breast win on day 1 from Sydney Pickrem.

Pickrem, who just wrapped up her collegiate season in the United States with Texas A&M, went 2:24.41 to win the 200 breast by 3.7 seconds. That time ties her for 6th worldwide this season and second among Canadians:

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The Island Swimming 20-year-old is a World Champs bronze medalist, but wasn’t among the 26 swimmers selected for the Commonwealth Games, which are underway in Australia this week.

Another dominating win came in the 50 free, where Sandrine Mainville was 25.10 to win by almost half a second over the field. Meanwhile at the other end of the distance spectrum, Mackenzie Padington went 8:42.92 to win the 800 free by just over four seconds.

The men’s distance race (the 1500) went to Peter Brothers in 15:28.25, and the men’s 50 came down to the touch, with William Pisani besting Oleksandr Loginov 22.57 to 22.73.

With many of the top seniors out of the country, things opened up for a pair of youngsters to win Canadian titles. Sebastian Somerset (born 2001, making him 16 or 17) went 2:00.12 to win the men’s 200 back by more than a second. Meanwhile 2002-born Gabe Mastromatteo (15 or 16 years old) was 2:15.53 to win the 200 breast in a right race with Jonathan Naisby (2:15.97).

In addition, Canada has a wide range of swimmers competing in para-events this week, along with a strong group of United States Paralympians. American Leanne Smith won the women’s 50 free from the S3 class, putting up what is listed as “New Americas Record?” in results. Though we can’t find an official listing of continental records, that time would be a new American record in S3 by an incredible 20 seconds. The old mark is listed as 1:10.55 from Beth Kolbe in 2008.

Other individual event winners:

  • Men’s 50 free S1-S13: Nicolas-Guy Turbide, S13, 25.67
  • Women’s 400 free, S6-S13: Rebecca Meyers, S13, 4:24.85
  • Women’s 200 back: Mackenzie Glover, 2:11.89
  • Men’s 400 free, S6-S13: Tharon Drake, S11, 4:55.39

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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