Toronto’s Top Swimmers Will Race at High Performance Time Trial This Weekend

High Performance Onario TPASC Time Trial

A previously-scheduled May High Performance Test Racing Event scheduled for the Toronto Pan American Sports Center this coming week was canceled, but a new event was added to the scheduled in its play.

On May 7-8, Canada’s newest primo facility will host a “High Performance Time Trial,” which is only for elite swimmers who meet certain standards.

The event is the same dates as the previously-scheduled time trial for swimmers from across the country, but both local health officials and the facility managers balked at the notion of athletes traveling in from across the country for the event.

The reimagined event, therefore, has a requirement that to be eligible, athletes invited must currently be training regularly at TPASC. Most of the top swimmers in the Greater Toronto Area train at least somewhat regularly at the facility, so athletes from a number of different clubs, besides just the High Performance Center – Ontario swimmers, will participate in the event.

Other performance-related criteria includes:

  • Must be identified as part of Swimming Canada 2020 OTP Identified Athlete Pool, or
  • Must have an official result since September 1, 2018 that is within 1.5% of the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT/A)
  • For para swimmers: must have been a member of the 2019 WPS Canadian World Championship Team.

The meet will be formatted with a maximum of 4 swimmers per heat, and Para races will be swum in a multi-class format using the Canadian Paralympic Point system to determine rankings.

Entry events were determined by high performance staff.

The goal of the meet is to give swimmers additional racing opportunities ahead of the upcoming Olympic Trials, which last week were postponed, again, this time until June.

Many of the country’s biggest names and top Olympic contenders will be in attendance. Among the highlight events will be the women’s 200 freestyle, where Penny OleksiakTaylor Ruck, and Kayla Sanchez will all race head-to-head.

The women’s 100 free will include that group as well as Maggie MacNeil, the defending World Champion in the 100 fly who trains in the United States at the University of Michigan, but is apparently returning for this event. She’ll also race the 100 back and 100 fly.

Another World Champion, the 100 backstroke title holder, Kylie Masse, will race the 100 and 200 back. In the 100 back, she’ll swim against Ruck, Jade Hannah, Sanchez, and MacNeil.

The defending World Championships bronze medalist in the 200 IM Sydney Pickrem is also scheduled to be present.

Masse, MacNeil, Pickrem, Oleksiak, and Ruck are 5 of the 6 swimmers that Swimming Canada pre-selected to their Olympic Team – though the 2nd spot is still open in the women’s 100 free and 200 free. The other pre-selected swimmer, Markus Thormeyer, trains in British Columbia.

The meet has some big names, though it’s overall a very compact field with just 22 Olympic hopefuls and 2 Paralympic hopefuls in attendance. It’s still a crucial meet for a number of athletes with limited racing opportunities between now and June’s Olympic Trials. While most of Canada’s serious Olympic contenders from the region have found opportunities to compete, with a lot of those opportunities being abroad in either the International Swimming League or in the United States’ Pro Swim Series, tightened regulations in Canada because of a rise in COVID cases could make those opportunities increasingly-difficult to come by.

Swimmers in the western provinces, especially the concentration in British Columbia, will be wont for the same opportunities: Swimming Canada’s official results database shows that athletes like Markus Thormeyer and Emily Overholt haven’t raced an official meet in 2021 yet. Those results don’t include a few collegiate meets, for example, that didn’t wind up in the official database, but with the USports season wrapped in late February, even those opportunities have dried up.

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Fairness
2 days ago

Can’t have a test event but can have a time trial for the “privileged”. This will justify the paper Olympic team selection.

golgoths
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 days ago

We all know that this “time trial” is so that Swim Canada’s “elite” can try to get their Olympic qualifying times ( while everyone else sits at home waiting for the next cancellation) and only because Swim Canada can justify hand picking the team on paper. They can run a time trial with 22 elite , covid-privledged swimmers but cannot figure out how to run a swim meet with only 20 swimmers per event where each event has its own warm up, no spectators, and almost nobody at the pool other than those 20 swimmers swimming their event. Swim Canada is simply setting up their justification for hand picking the Olympic Team. Invoking a “clause” that allows them to do… Read more »

Last edited 2 days ago by golgoths
COVID
Reply to  golgoths
22 hours ago

Stop complaining and hold your own damn time trial! If you truly believe what you’ve written then Swim Canada will need to consider any official times posted. You’re right some events currently don’t have anyone with a Fina A time so swim Canada can’t nominate a swimmer for those events so run your own official time trial and stop bitching.

Last edited 22 hours ago by COVID
SwimMomof3
Reply to  COVID
12 hours ago

Run your own time trial? Do you know anything about running a meet to get sanctioned times or officiating? So you would know that is impossible, right? Coaches who are training swimmers at the HPC can’t put touch pads in the pool right now. There are swimmers who are training right there next to the invited, but can’t attend. It’s ridiculous to let them train but not get times. Most of these kids have not had an updated time since very early 2020 but more likely summer of 2019 long course season. Do you know how much improvement has happened during that time?

golgotha
Reply to  COVID
4 hours ago

Run your own time trial…..HILARIOUS.

golgotha
Reply to  Fairness
2 days ago

We all know that this “time trial” is so that Swim Canada’s “elite” can try to get their Olympic qualifying times ( while everyone else sits at home waiting for the next cancellation) and only because Swim Canada can justify hand picking the team on paper. They can run a time trial with 22 elite , covid-privledged swimmers but cannot figure out how to run a swim meet with only 20 swimmers per event where each event has its own warm up, no spectators, and almost nobody at the pool other than those 20 swimmers swimming their event. Swim Canada is simply setting up their justification for hand picking the Olympic Team. Invoking a “clause” that allows them to do… Read more »

Who Knows?
Reply to  golgotha
2 days ago

One would guess most HPC swimmers Oleksiak, Ruck, etc already have Fina A times, so this time trial seems more of an opportunity for the club swimmers invited to post official Olympic qualifying times. Are there any club swimmers in Ontario that meet the criteria not invited just because do not train at TPASC?

SwimFan
Reply to  Who Knows?
2 days ago

only A small percentage of the time trial elite swimmers have Fina A times.. others are 1.5% off the times. There are swimmers who in university in the US who have not been invited because they do not train regularly at TPSAC.

Canadian H2O
Reply to  SwimFan
2 days ago

Oh ya? Who?

SwimFan
Reply to  Canadian H2O
13 hours ago

Javier Acevedo

Who Knows?
Reply to  SwimFan
2 days ago

Understand the swimmers attending must meet the criteria of at least within 1.5% Fina A, but figured many would have already as a several preselected to Olympic team. US based university swimmers would have to quarantine 2 weeks upon arrival so would it make sense to invite them last minute? Or are they already here?

COVID
Reply to  SwimFan
22 hours ago

This is untrue. Anyone in the NCAA knew about trials for months and could have made plans to enter Canada to compete. They have chosen not to. The only NCAA swimmer that was in the US who had any real shot of making the team has returned to Canada.

SwimFan
Reply to  COVID
12 hours ago

However would they have been able to train at the “ centre” with all the luxuries or at a community pool? Let’s be real..

COVID
Reply to  SwimFan
10 hours ago

If they were truly an Olympic possibility they could have trained at a centre. If they aren’t truly a real possibility to get on the team then why would they even come back?

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golgotha
Reply to  COVID
4 hours ago

Not all Olympic qualifiers come from High Performance centers or train at High Performance centers…..All you need is a lane in a final at a trials to have a chance at any National team. Seen it lots.

Pullbuoy
Reply to  SwimFan
10 hours ago

Many clubs training at TPASC during pandemic and those club swimmers who met the qualifying times are invited as they should be! Many Olympic sports training out of TPASC so the facility is understandably risk adverse right now to letting outsiders into building during a stay at home order, as an outbreak could close facility and collapse several sports 2 months out of Olympics. The swimming community should be grateful to TPASC for entertaining a time trial and hopefully if all goes well Trials too!

COVID
Reply to  Fairness
22 hours ago

Where’s the common sense?! There are travel restrictions in the provinces and Ontario is in a lockdown, how in the hell Can swimmers outside of Toronto attend a time trial?
Also, the Provincial Health orders restriction the amount of people in a facility and TPASC have their own restrictions.
If there was a positive COVID test then training at TPASC would be shut down for weeks, they can’t take that risk.
I’m so sick of all these comments about ‘privileged swimmers’, most of them have not seen family for months and live pretty much in social isolation. Some of chosen not to attend college for 2 years now because of the pandemic to pursue their Olympic dreams.… Read more »

SwimFan
Reply to  COVID
13 hours ago

Social isolation like everyone else in the province?? We are in a stay at home order and this should apply to everyone even athletes. Athletes shouldn’t be treated any differently.
People are dying and losing their businesses!
Athletes should wait in line for their turn for vaccines! Athletes should be grateful they are privileged enough to continue to do their sport .. many others are not living ! Let’s put things into perspective

COVID
Reply to  SwimFan
10 hours ago

The only reason they can train is because there is an exception for Olympic identified athletes in the Provincial Health orders. They do Obie’s by the stay at home orders like everyone else.
I don’t know how you can call yourself a SwimFan when you do not support the athletes.

Pullbuoy
Reply to  SwimFan
10 hours ago

It is doubtful there would even be a provincial HP exemption if it was not in an Olympic year, but Canada has decided to attend Olympics so across all sports so the focus has become selecting and preparing Canadian athletes for the games. This is so very hard on the vast majority who are out of water or not able to do their sports, but as you note we are still in the thick of a pandemic and people are dying so health and safety first.

golgotha
Reply to  COVID
4 hours ago

Oh sorry I did not realize that they were the only athletes pursuing their dreams while dealing with isolation, COVID, being away from family, disappointment, postponement of school. My apologies …..it IS affecting them more than anyone else. What was I thinking…I thought everyone is negatively affected…. the COVID disruption in their training has been much harder on them than everyone else…At least we can be thankful that every swimmer outside HPC is not under Extreme Stress

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Who Knows?
2 days ago

Does anyone know if event will be live streamed? Will be great to finally see some of Canada’s top swimmers race. Hope they can replicate this opportunity across the country.

golgotha
Reply to  Who Knows?
2 days ago

They do not want to duplicate the process as God forbid some unknown swimmer, who has been working there butt off in much more challenging conditions than the ideal conditions at the high performance center, may beat one of the “elites”. That would make the hand picking the Olympic Team too difficult. How could Swim Canada show that their High Performance Centers are valuable if someone was to swim faster than one of “theirs” with way way less opportunities. If the Olympic team consists of all HPC athletes doesn’t that justify their existence? Hand pick them on the team and sit back and tell everyone how great the HPCs are working. Pat yourselves on the back.

Last edited 2 days ago by golgotha
Njones
Reply to  golgotha
2 days ago

Well… They are ‘elite’… As in 5 of the 6 pre selected athletes who are medal contenders. There are no doubt other awesome and improving high end swimmers who will trying to make the team. However the medal contenders need to be given some opportunity to compete with all the other international medal contending swimmers.
I do agree though that running a distanced, spaced out, low number trials meet does seem to be made out to be more complicated than it should be.

Prettykitten
Reply to  Njones
2 days ago

Everyone going to the meet have raced against each other a lot during this pandemic. The only reason this one is official is so that in the case June trials doesn’t happen these swimmers will be justified to be picked for the team. The reason lots of people seem upset about this is because swim canada already put 6 people on the team before trials. Although all 6 of the athletes would probably have made the team and they all deserve a spot on it the way they were selected is normally saved for people who swim bad at trials. So anyone who is not going to this meet will have to find a way to swim a time trial… Read more »

golgotha
Reply to  Njones
2 days ago

All we know is that they WERE Canada’s elite and medal contenders 2 years ago. Who is Canada’s elite this year. We will never know I guess they will not have the opportunity to compete. A lot can change in two years. How long can someone ride elite status until they have to prove it. In the US, the elite swimmers of two years ago are not the all same elite swimmers today.

Pullbuoy
Reply to  golgotha
2 days ago

Hope you can still support these Canadian athletes as you seem very bitter but they did not make the criteria. Most of us have really missed swimming here in Canada so excited to see what these top swimmers will do at their first “meet” in over a year and as you say “prove it”. MacNeil, Masse, Oleksiak, etc. should be very exciting and hope live streamed! Trials has not been cancelled just postponed with a set date so not sure why so many negative assumptions? At the time of the pandemic these were the top swimmers and we are still in the thick of a pandemic. Several other Canadian sport governing bodies continue to honour those who qualified for the… Read more »

Njones
Reply to  Pullbuoy
1 day ago

👍👍

Njones
Reply to  golgotha
1 day ago

Penny 20
Taylor 20
Maggie 20, fastest 100yard fly ever a month ago
Sydney 23 or so, Canadian records in ISL this past fall
Kylie 24 or so

These girls produced Canadas best overall swimming results the past 3 to 5 yrs in decades. And the oldest is 24 ish. Under these unprecedented conditions, if they don’t deserve a pre-qualified status based on their proven track record then no one does.

Yes the unfortunate thing is that no doubt someone rising fast will possibly run out of time or opportunity. That is a very unfortunate by-product. There is the occasional teenage phenom coming out of nowhere but it’s not the norm. We just got lightning in… Read more »

Des
Reply to  golgotha
1 day ago

Let’s be real. How many swimmers make it on a national team that don’t train in a center or the ncaa. Definitely a possibility to make the team, but unlikely to medal at the Olympics. The elite swimmers from two years ago in the US are still elite now. They just have a much deeper field that prevents swimmers from staying on top.

TBD
Reply to  golgotha
1 day ago

Well said!!

Eagle eye
1 day ago

The articles mentioned “health officials and facility managers” allowed only limited numbers of participants in this HPC meet. So in fairness, to swim Canada/swim Ontario their hands are tied. In as much I’m sure they want all swimmers have a pre competition before the Olympic trials in June( hopeful it will materialize) for the sake of all Canadian Olympic hopefuls.

These elite swimmers we all know how competitive they are, being tagged as privileged and possible olymipians on paper only because of possibility the trials won’t happened because of the pandemic, to me is not fair. In the first place they worked very hard to where are they now.

Njones
Reply to  Eagle eye
1 day ago

👍👍

TBD
Reply to  Eagle eye
1 day ago

Some of them are indeed “privileged” .

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