Wog Qualifies, 2016 Olympians Nicol And Smith Miss On Day 2 Of Canadian Trials


The second night of racing at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials concluded and based on our predictions, Canada has gotten up to 11 individual event qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.


Note: This is a presumptive list based on results from the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials and has not yet been made official by Swimming Canada

Canadian Olympic Swimming Roster 2021 (Pre-Trials):

Kelsey Wog posted a 1:06.77 in the women’s 100 breaststroke to get under the 1:07.07 FINA A cut and qualify for her first-ever Olympic team.

Wog was the only woman under the cut as 2016 Olympians Rachel Nicol and Kierra Smith touched in 2nd with a 1:07.31 and 3rd with a 1:07.72, respectively.

That means that neither woman is likely to return to the team in 100 breast, missing out on a shot at improving upon their finishes in Rio. At the 2016 Games, Nicol placed 5th overall in the event with a 1:06.68 while Smith finished in 18th with a 1:07.41.

Smith will have another chance at qualification and is entered as third seed in the 200 breast behind Wog and pre-selected Sydney Pickrem. Nicol on the other hand is not entered to swim any more events.

The major storyline, however, to come out of the session was 14-year-old Summer McIntosh‘s monster 1:56.19 200 freestyle. That swim for McIntosh is a world-class swim in its own right, let alone for a 14-year-old.

  • Read more about McIntosh’s 200 freestyle swim here.

That swim for McIntosh was well under the 1:57.28 FINA A cut, meaning that she looks to have added her name to the Olympic roster in the event. That could be the second event she’s qualified to swim in Tokyo as her season-best of 4:05.13 is under the FINA A and no women who raced the event on day 1 got under the required 4:07.90.

In addition to McIntosh, Penny Oleksiak will race the 200 freestyle individually in Tokyo, having been pre-selected for the event earlier this year.

Since Canada has qualified to race the 4×200 freestyle it is likely that at least 2 of the 3rd – 6th place finishers will be added to the roster in that relay. Those 4 women who filled out the top 6 were Rebecca Smith (1:57.76), Katerine Savard (1:57.79), Mary-Sophie Harvey (1:58.70), and Kayla Sanchez (1:58.81).

Of those 4 potential additions to the 4×200 freestyle relay team, Savard is the only current Olympic qualifier after placing 2nd in the 100 butterfly on day 1.

Gabe Mastromatteo is also now on the maybe list for Tokyo as he missed as he hit a 1:00.75 to win the final and was faster in the morning with a 1:00.11. He took gold but both swims were above the 59.93 Olympic cut.

Mastromatteo likely won’t swim the event individually but could still be named to the team for the men’s 4×100 medley relay.

There was a solid race in the men’s 200 freestyle and 3 men cracked 1:50 but nobody hit the FINA A standard of 1:57.02, meaning that no one will make the team for that event.

Peter Brothers took gold in a 1:49.07, Ruslan Gaziev was silver in a 1:49.45, and Jeremy Bagshaw followed with a 1:49.55.

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SwimFan NU
2 months ago

I believe they’ll be taking Masteomatteo for the medley relay

Reply to  SwimFan NU
2 months ago

Yep. And if they don’t enter him in the Ind 100, that will make NO sense whatsoever. He’s got the Fina B time and is the Trials winner, no one faster or with the Fina A time in the recent qualifying period. If nothing else you want your relay swimmers to get in a ‘warmup’ race if at all possible.

I hope they take Brothers in the 2 and 4 free as well. Again the dual winner, under Fina B, and no one faster. I understand MacIntosh getting the 400 slot despite not racing it here, falls under category 5 of the selection criteria. Brothers and Fina B times category 6.

Bo Swims
Reply to  njones
2 months ago

Fingers crossed for Peter in the 800…

Jonny D
Reply to  njones
2 months ago

Those 200 times are awful

Texas Tap Water
2 months ago

I am so glad Canadian swimmers don’t make EXCUSES