After putting up the top time this morning and coming within four one-hundredths of the Canadian national record in the 100m butterfly it was revealed that Santo Condorelli was disqualified and would not be swimming in tonight’s finals.
Condorelli put up a 52.32 before taking the disqualification. According to the stroke and turn judge in Condorelli’s lane, he was disqualified for non-simultaneous touch, this has not yet been verified.
With Condorelli out of the 100m butterfly it puts Oakville’s Mack Darragh in a great position to take home the win tonight. Darragh won the 200m butterfly earlier in the meet, however if he wants to clinch a butterfly sweep he’s going to have to take down Coleman Allen.
Allen was a 53.75 to take the second Canadian seed behind Darragh and has been a staple in Canadian butterfly swimming over the last few seasons.
The winner of the 100m butterfly will likely gain a spot on the Olympic squad even if they don’t make the FINA ‘A’ standard. Under Priority Five and Priority Six the winner should be given an Olympic berth for the 4x100m medley relay – and even if they don’t swim fast enough High Performance Director John Atkinson has the ability to nominate a swimmer in order to fill in empty relay spots.
While the disqualification clearly isn’t what Condorelli hoped for, he already made the Canadian Olympic team in the 100m freestyle last night after a 48.16 performance that gave him the win and set him up perfectly to head to his first Olympic Games.
While Condorelli won’t be swimming the 100m butterfly, he has one more event on his schedule: the 50m freestyle where he’s the favourite to once again take home the gold.