2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
We’ve reached the ultimate day of competitors on the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials and there will probably be 6 occasions on the docket for day 5 finals.
Issues will get began with the ladies’s and males’s 400 IM, adopted by the 200 backstroke, ladies’s 1500 freestyle, and males’s 800 free.
Amongst these making an attempt to qualify for his or her first-ever Olympic squad will probably be Tessa Cieplucha, Mary-Sophie Harvey, and Bailey Andison within the ladies’s 400 IM, Ingrid Wilm within the ladies’s 200 again, Emma O’Croinin within the ladies’s 1500 free, and Peter Brothers within the males’s 800.
Moreover, Taylor Ruck and Cole Pratt may have a shot at including a second Olympic occasion to their Tokyo lineup as they struggle for a first-place end of their respective 200 backstrokes.
Observe alongside for stay updates on all of the motion as get into day 5 finals of the 2021 Canadian Trials.
Girls’s 400 IM – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 4:32.52 – Emily Overholt (2015)
- FINA A Normal: 4:38.53
- Sydney Pickrem – 4:37.02
- Tessa Cieplucha – 4:37.26
- Bailey Andison – 4:38.66
Tessa Cieplucha and Sydney Pickrem battled it out for your complete race, handing the lead forwards and backwards various occasions. Whereas Pickrem managed to get her hand on the wall first and was pre-selected for Tokyo within the occasion, Tessa Cieplucha managed to get below the FINA A reduce of 4:38.53 to doubtless qualify for the Olympics.
Cieplucha threw down a 4:37.26 to shave greater than a second off her 4:38.96 finest time within the occasion from again in 2019. Cieplucha has raced for Canada earlier than, having raced to a gold medal on the 2019 Pan American Video games within the 400 IM with a 4:39.90.
Pickrem may also be racing the occasion in Tokyo and can hope to enhance upon her 4:32.88 PB within the occasion which she swam on the 2017 World Championships. Pickrem raced this occasion for Canada in Rio and positioned twelfth total with a 4:38.02 and swam it once more on the 2019 World Championships, simply lacking out on the rostrum with a 4:36.72 for 4th.
Simply above the Olympic qualifying customary, Bailey Andison got here in for third place with a 4:38.66 whereas Mary-Sophie Harvey hit a 4:43.30 for 4th place.
Males’s 400 IM – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 4:11.41 – Brian Johns (2008)
- FINA A Normal: 4:15.84
- Collyn Gagne – 4:18.65
- Tristan Cote – 4:23.13
- Jacob Gallant – 4:24.35
Collyn Gagne pulled off a powerful win right here within the males’s 400 IM and took out the favourite Tristant Cote. Gagne raced his solution to gold with a 4:18.65, shaving just a few seconds off his PB of 4:21.49 from again in 2019.
That swim for Gagne was not fairly below the Olympic-qualifying customary of 4;15.84 however was below the FINA B qualifying time of 4:21.46. That leaves him as a possible candidate to be named to the crew, ought to Swimming Canada select to make use of their precedence 6 choice standards for occasions with no FINA A qualifiers.
Nationwide teamer Tristan Cote didn’t fairly have sufficient within the tank to tug out the win and almost bought run down by third-place finisher Jacob Gallant. Ultimately, Cote touched with a 4:23.13 for the silver medal whereas Jacob Gallant swam a 4:23.28 for third.
That implies that Cote received’t get an Olympic berth after representing Canada on the final 2 World Championships for Canada. In 2019 Cote raced the 400 IM in Budapest with a 4:19.87 for seventeenth and swam it once more in Gwangju in 2019, hitting a 4:17.22 for fifteenth.
Patrick Hussey got here in 4th place with a 4:24.35 whereas Benjamin Loewen was a 4:25.72 for fifth.
Girls’s 200 Backstroke – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 2:05.94 – Kylie Masse (2017)
- FINA A Normal: 2:10.39
- Kylie Masse – 2:06.67
- Taylor Ruck – 2:09.26
- Brooklyn Douthwright – 2:10.49
Kylie Masse didn’t have to win this occasion to be able to race the 200 backstroke in Tokyo however nonetheless managed to tug off a stable 2:06.67 to take the gold medal.
Masse was pre-selected to race the 200 backstroke on the Olympics earlier this 12 months based mostly on her outcomes from the 2019 World Championships. She received a bronze medal within the 200 in Gwangju, hitting a 2:06.62 for third place. Previous to that race at Worlds, Masse lowered the 200 backstroke Canadian report to a 2:05.94 on the 2019 World Championships Trials.
This swim is Kylie Masse’s sixth quickest time ever and is nice sufficient to make her the fifth quickest girl on the earth this season heading into the summer time.
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Taylor Ruck, who had already certified for the 100 backstroke and freestyle has doubtless added a 3rd occasion to her particular person occasion lineup in Tokyo with a 2:09.26 which is below the two:10.39 FINA A. Ruck holds a PB on this occasion of two:06.36 from the 2018 Professional Swim Collection in Atlanta. Ruck received a silver medalist on this occasion again in 2018 on the Commonwealth Video games, hitting a 2:06.42 to Masse’s 2:05.98 for the gold medal.
Brooklyn Douthwright managed to put up a 2:10.49 to nab the bronze medal which is a stable enchancment upon her PB within the occasion of two:13.78 from simply final month. Regan Rathwell adopted with a 2:11.72 for 4th place and Ella Varga was a 2:11.95 for fifth total.
Males’s 200 Backstroke – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 1:56.96 – Markus Thormeyer (2019)
- FINA A Normal: 1:57.50
- Cole Pratt – 1:58.11
- Blake Tierney – 1:59.49
- Richie Stokes – 1:59.52
After displaying constructive indicators together with his Olympic qualifying 100 backstroke on day 1 of the meet, Cole Pratt was not fairly quick sufficient to do the identical within the 200.
Pratt raced to victory within the occasion with a 1:58.11 however trailed the FINA A reduce of 1:57.50. Pratt improved upon the 1:58.87 he posted within the morning however was additionally a bit slower than his current PB of 1:57.96 from simply final month.
Unable to notch an Olympic-qualifying swim, Pratt had a stable race with Blake Tierney and Richie Stokes and pulled each rivals below the 2-minute mark with him.
Tierney swam a 1:59.49 to gather the silver medal which is quicker than each his prelim swim of two:00.60 and has pulled off an enormous enchancment upon his finest time at this meet, having entered with a 2:05.21. Stokes then again swam a 1:59.87 within the prelims to get below 2 minutes for the primary time after which posted a 1:59.52 within the last to gather bronze.
Girls’s 1500 Freestyle – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 15:57.15 – Brittany MacLean (2014)
- FINA A Normal: 16:32.04
- Katrina Bellio – 16:29.67
- Abby Dunford – 16:38.75
- Alyson Ackman – 16:46.32
Katrina Bellio had a fully dominant efficiency within the ladies’s 1500 freestyle, pulling away from the sphere early on and holding her lead till she touched the wall with a 16:29.67 to get below the 16:32.04 FINA A reduce.
It appears to be like like Bellio will formally turn into Canada’s first-ever girl to race the 1500 freestyle on the Olympics because the occasion has simply been added to the Olympic program. Bellio wanted a PB to be able to add her identify to the roster, having entered with a 16:34.99.
Bellio hit that 16:34.99 finest time simply final month at a Could 2019 time trial and previous to that held a 16:39.54 from March 2020.
Coming in with a 16:38.75 for the silver medal was Abby Dunford which implies that she didn’t fairly swim quick sufficient to qualify for the Video games. Dunford made the transfer to america to coach with an elite coaching group referred to as the Sandpipers of Nevada. The Sandpipers, led by head coach Ron Aitken, lately bought 3 swimmers onto the US Olympic swim crew within the type of Bella Sims on the 4×200 free relay, Erica Sullivan within the 1500 free, and Katie Grimes within the 800.
Dunford’s silver medal-winning swim bought him below her entry time of 16:38.75.
400 freestyle champion got here in with a 16:46.32 which bought her below the 16:54.53 that she entered with and Ella Jansen got here in 4th place with a 16:56.37. Notably, the highest seed within the occasion Emma O’Croinin was properly off her tempo right here and swam a 17:05.37 for sixth place total. O’Croinin was entered within the occasion with a 16:30.46 which is definitely below the FINA A reduce.
Males’s 800 Freestyle – Ultimate
- Canadian File: 7:41.86 – Ryan Cochrane (2011)
- FINA A Normal: 7:54.31
- Eric Brown – 7:59.87
- Alexander Axon – 8:04.19
- Jeremy Bagshaw – 8:04.94
Eric Brown bought to the wall first within the males’s 800 freestyle with a 7:59.87 which made him the one man within the area to crack 8 minutes. The swim for Brown allowed him to shave greater than 10 seconds off his PB within the occasion of 8:12.39.
Whereas he took the gold medal, Brown didn’t swim quick sufficient to get below the FINA A of seven:54.31 that he would have wanted to qualify for the Olympic Video games.
Alexander Axon wasn’t too far behind Brown and powered his solution to an 8:04.19 for the silver medal which was simply forward of long-time nationwide teamer Jeremy Bagshaw’s 8:04.94. Alexander Pratt almost ran down these 2 podium finishers with the quickest final 50 cut up within the area of 28.48. Pratt, nevertheless, simply missed the rostrum and ended with an 8:05.95 for 4th.
400 and 1500 freestyle champion Peter Brothers was slightly bit slower than he’s been up to now at this meet and got here in with an 8:10.96 for fifth place.