Still Seeking Individual Qualification, Oleksiak Notches 55.18 100 Free Heat At Sette Colli

2024 SETTE COLLI TROPHY

We entered day 2 of the 2024 Sette Colli Trophy with a plethora of talent competing at the Foro Italico Swimming Stadium pool in Rome, Italy.

Among the racers is Canadian Penny Oleksiak with the 24-year-old aiming at notching an individual Olympic qualifying time in the women’s 100m freestyle.

At the Canadian Olympic Trials earlier this year, Oleksiak clocked a result of 53.66, her fastest time since 2022. That missed the World Aquatics Olympic Qualification Time of 53.61 but it did add her name to the nation’s roster for the women’s 4x100m free relay.

As we reported, after the Trials, Oleksiak told the media that she would race again this summer to try and improve that result which rendered her the 26th-quickest performer in the world this season.

After bypassing the Mare Nostrum Tour, the Olympic champion is racing here. She dropped the 200m free on day one but indeed was among the 100m freestyle field this morning.

Oleksiak nabbed a morning swim of 55.18 (26.63/28.55), well away from the 53.61 she’s hunting. That placed 14th overall once the heats concluded.

Oleksiak will still have another shot at the OQT this evening should she maintain her slot in the B-Final set for the session.

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RFJ
28 days ago

Tough at 24 years old fully grown women to compete against these young teenyboppers.

Fish
28 days ago

53.77
Missed it.

Xman
28 days ago

Why would she take it easy in prelims when she must needs to hit a time?

EXCALIBUR
Reply to  Xman
28 days ago

lollll😄

Highlevelswimmer
Reply to  Xman
28 days ago

Clean water, Less pressure and less strain on the body. That or possible not having a good meet.

You will know my name
28 days ago

Calm breathing and a confident start
She will get it done 🍁☀️

Tracy Kosinski
28 days ago

GOOOOOOO PENNY! If anyone can do it, it’s you 💪💪💪

SwimCanFan
28 days ago

Rooting for Penny. Would love to see her get an individual swim in Paris.

VA Steve
Reply to  SwimCanFan
28 days ago

Me too. I get very annoyed when they show video highlights in the USA of the 2016 100FR and don’t acknowledge or show Penny. Memo to NBC, 2 women won gold.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  VA Steve
28 days ago

I disagree

Somer Himpson
Reply to  Steve Nolan
28 days ago

Is your first name Richard???

SwimStats
Reply to  VA Steve
28 days ago

It’s the US and NBC. What did you expect.

Tracy Kosinski
Reply to  VA Steve
28 days ago

Yeah, wild how they can separate the two.

VA Steve
28 days ago

Fly? Oh free.

Tracy Kosinski
Reply to  VA Steve
28 days ago

It’s funny how people are so snarky. Are you the most decorated Olympian in your country?

Kudzai Makova
28 days ago

Not very encouraging

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