WATCH: Penny Oleksiak Reflects On Canadian Trials

Penny Oleksiak had a breakthrough meet at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials last week, qualifying for her first Olympic team at just 15-years-old.

She started things off with a win in the 100m butterfly, breaking the Canadian record with a time of 56.99. After that, Oleksiak finished second to Brittany MacLean in the 200m freestyle. To finish off the meet, she clocked in a 53.31 to break the world junior record in the 100m freestyle as well as the Canadian record.

Although she’s a rookie, Oleksiak will have the busiest schedule of any Canadian at the Rio Olympic Games.

THE CANADIAN ROSTER

*Note: a name in italics means first time Olympian

Men

  • 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

Women

  • 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

Coaching Staff

  • High Performance Director John Atkinson
  • Ben Titley
  • Tom Johnson
  • Steve Price
  • Linda Keifer
  • Ryan Mallette
  • Kevin Thorburn

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pwb

Ms. Oleksiak was a joy to watch racing – her freestyle was exceptionally smooth and powerful, with a slight Phelps-Ledecky lope, great stroke length and super-strong kick. Really looking forward to seeing what she does at Rio and over the next few years. I suspect she will be a principal challenger to the 200 freestyle world leaders, if not this summer, then over the next few years.

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