Swimming Canada Releases Initial List of Athletes Eligible For Trials Invite

An initial list of athletes eligible to be invited to the Canadian Olympic Trials has been released.

Swimming Canada tweeted out the list Wednesday morning, which includes the top-30 swimmers in each Olympic event as of December 18, 2020. Appearing on the list does not guarantee a swimmer a spot at April’s selection meet, as only 20 swimmers per event will be invited.

The process to whittle the list down to a maximum of 20 athletes per event will be initiated on January 6.

The Trials are scheduled for April 7-11, 2021 in Toronto.

Swimming Canada announced the shift to a timed final invitational Trials format earlier this month, and High Performance Director John Atkinson outlined the reasons why with SwimSwam last week.

Two-time LC World Championship medalist Kayla Sanchez is qualified to swim six events at the Trials, while notable names Taylor RuckSydney Pickrem and Rebecca Smith are all in line to enter five.

Finlay Knox, Cole Pratt, Mabel Zavaros and Summer McIntosh are listed in a staggering 10 out of 14 events, while both Markus Thormeyer and Emily Overholt will have the opportunity to swim up to seven races. McIntosh is notably just 14 years of age, having set numerous national age group records in both the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups over the last few years.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak and 2019 World Champion Maggie MacNeil have both qualified in three events, while three-time Olympian Brent Hayden is set to compete in the men’s 50 and 100 freestyle after coming out of a seven-year retirement last October.

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2 months ago

With Finlay Knox surely dropping some event, it will be like NCAAs watching the “cut line” to see who gets in next

Reply to  swimgeek
2 months ago

Wow. Finlay is a beast! Future of Canadian male swimming.

2 months ago

So-so year for that UNCAN team. Was hoping they would unexpectedly produce another Condorelli, Pickrem or Ruck like they have in the past. 🙂

Reply to  Marley09
2 months ago

Watch for Summer McIntosh. Amazing young talent.

Reply to  CanSwimFan
2 months ago

McIntosh is listed in 10 out of 14 events also and only 14yrs old. If not 2021, the future looks very bright.

Last edited 2 months ago by Dolphin
Reply to  Dolphin
2 months ago

I predict she makes the team in 2021 and tops the podium in 2024.

Reply to  Marley09
2 months ago

I can’t tell if this is a serious comment or not… UNCAN is just Unattached-Canada

Reply to  Splash
2 months ago

He – ya he was kidding

2 months ago

Wonder if those training in the US would be able to get some sort of exemption with a covid test prior to travel and after arriving or if they will have to enter the 14 day quarantine that says no gyms or pools during that time and risk losing all of that training right before the biggest meet of their lives.

Reply to  Bob
2 months ago

Have heard SNC making athletes moving between provinces quarantine 7-14 days so if you are in US best to move now for canadian trials and take quarantine sooner vs later. The international travel rules are governmental regulated have been known for sometime and with numbers going up really need to be strategic for training break sooner vs later. Many top swimmers training in US have already made move back to Canada with mandatory 14day quarantine. Do not see that changing with Covid numbers getting far worse than better.

Last edited 2 months ago by Pullbouy
Reply to  Pullbouy
2 months ago

@Pullbouy, correct. Athletes need to make plans around national protocol and safeguards. Rules are not broken because you’re an athlete, plan accordingly.

Last edited 2 months ago by Swimmim
Reply to  Swimmim
2 months ago

Agree. The mandatory 14 day quarantine for US/International travellers is governmental regulated (officers randomly show up at designated quarantine location to monitor & have had several friends experience). Athletes are not essential workers so no exemptions. In Ontario the hp athlete exemption is completely separate and only applies to those who have completed travel quarantine. So all the swimmers training in US might want to think about heading north very soon to take the 2wks out of water just over 3mths out from trials.

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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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