Kierra Smith won both breaststroke races and punched her ticket to Rio after taking the year off from the University of Minnesota to pursue her Olympic dreams.
Kierra Smith qualified for the 2016 Canadian Olympic team in two individual events: the 100 and 200m breaststrokes and will also likely be taking the reign on Canada’s 4x100m medley relay.
Four more swimmers managed to earn a nomination for Canada’s Olympic team on night five, bringing the roster to a grand total of 25 with one day remaining.
Penny Oleksiak has emerged as one of the best young talents in the world this week after several top performances, but one performance that arguably tops them all is her 100m freestyle.
Penny Oleksiak will seek her third individual event for the Olympics tonight in the 100 free, coming into tonight as the top seed.
Sprint star Chantal van Landeghem will finally hit the water at these trials in the women’s 100 free heats.
Kierra Smith proved last night that she has 100 speed as well as 200 speed en route to a victory in the 100m breaststroke and punching in her ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games.
After barely missing out on earning a spot on the Olympic team early in the meet, both Katerine Savard and Kennedy Goss made the criteria to gain Olympic nomination for the Rio Games this summer.
MacLean threw down a 1:56.94 to break Genevieve Saumur’s Canadian record of 1:56.97 from the 2009 World Championships in Rome. MacLean’s performance makes her the only Canadian swimmer to dip under 1:57 following the end of the tech-suit era.
15 year-old Taylor Ruck will look to make the Olympic team tonight in the 200 free as she comes in as the top seed from the prelims.
Canadian record holder Ryan Cochrane will compete in the men’s 400m free on day 3 at the Canadian Olympic Trials.
The Canadian women’s team is looking to be well rounded with the potential to send a swimmer into the Olympic final in almost every stroke discipline. While women’s backstroke has the most depth in Canadian swimming, women’s breaststroke isn’t far behind. With plenty of top competitors like Rachel Nicol, Kierra Smith, and Martha McCabe, Canada has the potential to send a very solid breaststroke group to Rio.
Indiana’s Lilly King has had a breakout freshman year, leading a field of veterans in the 200 breaststroke.
15 year old Rebecca Smith picked up wins in the 50 freestyle and 200 IM bringing her win total to eight…
15 year old Rebecca Smith from Red Deer won the women’s 15 & under 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle on the second night of competition in Winnipeg…