After six days of competition in Toronto at the 2016 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Trials, Swimming Canada has finally announced the official list of nominees that they will present to the Canadian Olympic Committee in order to be approved to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
There have been plenty of ups and downs throughout the six days of competition, highlighting the cruel nature of sport, especially one that revolves around determining a victor by hundredths of a second.
Young swimmers paved the way this week for the next generation of Canadian swimming, one that shows plenty of promise to carry on the momentum after the Rio Olympics.
Penny Oleksiak broke out onto the international stage this week and will be swimming the most events out of every athlete on the Canadian roster at just 15-years-old. Oleksiak will be swimming the 100 fly, 200 free, 100 free, 4×100 freestyle relay, 4×100 medley relay, and 4×200 freestyle relay.
On the men’s side every single Olympic qualifier besides Ryan Cochrane will be headed to their first Olympic Games.
After two Canadian records by Oleksiak, a world junior record by Oleksiak, two Canadian records by Brittany MacLean, and a world junior record by Javier Acevedo, the Canadian team seems promising as the excitement at trials ends, and the preparation for the Rio Olympics begins.
THE CANADIAN ROSTER
*Note: a name in italics means first time Olympian
- Javier Acevedo – 100 backstroke
- Ryan Cochrane – 400 freestyle, 1500 freestyle
- Ashton Baumann – 200 breaststroke
- Santo Condorelli – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay
- Yuri Kisil – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay
- Evan Van Moerkerke – 4×100 freestyle relay
- Markus Thormeyer – 4×100 freestyle relay
- Brittany MacLean – 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle relay
- Penny Oleksiak – 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay, 4×200 freestyle relay, 4×100 medley relay
- Noemie Thomas – 100 butterfly, *(4×100 medley relay)
- Kylie Masse – 100 back, 4×100 medley relay
- Dominique Bouchard – 100 backstroke
- Sydney Pickrem – 200 IM, 400 IM
- Emily Overholt – 400 IM
- Kierra Smith – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 4×100 medley relay
- Rachel Nicol – 100 breaststroke
- Audrey Lacroix – 200 butterfly
- Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson – 200 IM
- Chantal Van Landeghem – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay *(4×100 medley relay)
- Martha McCabe – 200 breaststroke
- Hilary Caldwell – 200 backstroke
- Michelle Williams – 50 freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay
- Katerine Savard – 4×200 freestyle relay
- Kennedy Goss – 4×200 freestyle relay
- Sandrine Mainville – 4×100 freestyle relay
- Taylor Ruck – 4×200 freestyle relay
- High Performance Director John Atkinson
- Ben Titley
- Tom Johnson
- Steve Price
- Linda Keifer
- Ryan Mallette
- Kevin Thorburn
It won’t be decided until May 31st whether or not Canada will be able to send a men’s 4x100m medley relay or a men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Currently Canada’s 4x200m freestyle relay is ranked 16th overall and in a position to qualify for the Olympic Games pending that nobody betters that time. If they do qualify then both Jeremy Bagshaw and Stefan Milosevic will grab an Olympic berth. The following four will represent the 4×200 freestyle relay if it qualifies:
Men’s 4×200 freestyle relay
- Markus Thormeyer
- Jeremy Bagshaw
- Yuri Kisil
- Stefan Milosevic
Canada’s 4x100m medley relay is in a great position to qualify for Rio after a 3:34.55 tonight. Javier Acevedo, Santo Condorelli, and Yuri Kisil all made the team already meaning that Jason Block’s hopes of going to Rio relay solely on Olympic qualification.
Men’s 4×100 medley relay
- Javier Acevedo
- Jason Block
- Santo Condorelli
- Yuri Kisil
FEMALE SWIM OF THE MEET AWARD – PENNY OLEKSIAK
For her 56.99 Canadian record in the 100m butterfly that earned her a spot on her first Olympic team, Penny Oleksiak was given the female swim of the meet award.
Oleksiak’s time ranks her fourth in the world this season and sets her up to be one of the top butterfly prospects heading into Rio.
MALE SWIM OF THE MEET AWARD – SANTO CONDORELLI
Condorelli’s 48.16 100m freestyle gave him the male swim of the meet award. While it was a bit slower than the 48.09 he swam in prelims, it qualified him for his first Olympic team where he’ll be chasing his dream of winning the gold medal.