Wog, Mastromatteo Lead 100 Breast Prelims At Canadian Trials


Following this morning’s 200 freestyle heats, where Taylor Ruck surprisingly missed the final, Day 2 prelims resumed at the Canadian Olympic Trials in the early afternoon with the women’s and men’s 100 breaststroke.

Women’s 100 Breast

Kelsey Wog paced the women’s race in a time of 1:06.92, getting under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:07.07 in what was the second-fastest swim of her career.

Wog, 22, swam her lifetime best of 1:06.44 at the 2020 Canadian University Championships (U SPORTS), which ranks her as the second-fastest Canadian of all-time. Annamay Pierse holds the super-suited National Record of 1:05.74 from 2009.

Wog placed sixth in the 200 breast at the 2019 World Championships, which would’ve earned her an early nomination to the Canadian Olympic team had Sydney Pickrem not finished ahead of her in the bronze medal position. (Swimming Canada nominated the top-ranked Canadian in each final of an Olympic event at the 2019 World Championships.)

Now Wog has positioned herself to qualify for her first Olympic team, sitting eight-tenths clear of the next-fastest qualifier, 2016 Olympic finalist Rachel Nicol (1:07.73).

Avery Wiseman, an Alabama commit out of the Olympian Swim Club in Edmonton, hit her first best time in the event since 2018 to qualify third, clocking 1:07.86.

Pickrem, who has been named to the Olympic team in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM, sits fourth in 1:08.30.

2019 ACC runner-up Nina Kucheran (1:08.52) and 2016 Olympic finalist in the 200 breast, Kierra Smith, (1:08.60) rank fifth and sixth coming out of the prelims.

Men’s 100 Breast

19-year-old Gabe Mastromatteo dropped over half a second to lead the men’s 100 breast prelims in a time of 1:00.19, moving him up from sixth to third all-time among Canadian men.

Mastromatteo’s previous best sat at 1:00.69, set at the 2019 World Junior Championships where he finished fourth overall.

The University of Toronto swimmer is now less than two tenths outside of the Olympic-qualifying time of 59.93.

Richard Funk, the second-fastest Canadian in history, qualified second in 1:00.93, while James Dergousoff broke 1:01 for the first time to become the eighth-fastest man in the country’s history.

All-Time Canadian Rankings, Men’s 100 Breaststroke (LCM)

  1. Scott Dickens, 59.85 – 2012 Olympic Games
  2. Richard Funk, 59.89 – 2017 World Championships
  3. Gabe Mastromatteo, 1:00.19 – 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials
  4. Mathieu Bois, 1:00.23 – 2009 World Championships
  5. Jason Block, 1:00.59 – 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials
  6. Paul Kornfeld, 1:00.65 – 2009 Canadian World Championship Trials
  7. Morgan Knabe, 1:00.70 – 2003 (Time Trial)
  8. James Dergousoff, 1:00.94 – 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials
  9. Mike Brown, 1:00.98 – 2008 Olympic Games
  10. Ashton Baumann, 1:01.08 – 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials

Tonight’s finals featuring the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke for both men and women will begin at 5:30 ET. Follow along with SwimSwam’s live recap to stay on top of all of the action.

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BC Swimmer
1 year ago

Big swim for Dergs in the 100, but the 200 is his event and has been his focus in practice for the last 5 years. I think he’s going to do some really cool stuff soon.

SwimFan NU
1 year ago

But CAN Richard Funk tonight

Bill G
1 year ago

Any insight or intel on why Faith Knelson wasn’t swimming the 100m breastroke? 2017 World Junior medalist, 2018 Commonwealth Games team and she swam at the 2019 Trials.

Reply to  Bill G
1 year ago

“In January, she took to Instagram to announce that a spinal injury led her to medically redshirt the remainder of the season and that she’d be missing the Canadian Olympic Trials, too.”

https://swimswam.com › faith-knels…
Faith Knelson Enters NCAA Transfer Portal After Medical Redshirt – SwimSwam

Last edited 1 year ago by Jesh
Bill G
Reply to  Jesh
1 year ago

Thank you, Jesh!

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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