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.
— Swimming Canada / Natation Canada (@SwimmingCanada) December 23, 2020
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.
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.