Canadian Olympic Trials Day 5: Knabe and Deglau Win -- June 1, 2000
MONTREAL, June 1. CANADIAN national record-holder Jessica Deglau won the women's 200 meter butterfly tonight, on the fifth day of competition at the Canadian Olympic Trials in Montreal. Deglau led Jennifer Button all the way to touch in 2:11.85, well off her national mark of 2:09.64. Button followed in 2:12.25.
Morgan Knabe completed a sweep of the breaststroke events, winning the 200 meters in 2:15.16. Second place went to Michel Boulianne, who was mired in fifth place at the final turn. Boulianne finished with a rush to clock 2:16.56.
Yannick Lupien, the only Canadian ever to break 50 seconds in the 100 meter freestyle (49.94) was soundly beaten in an upset by 25-year-old Craig Hutchinson, 50.14 to 50.63. Lupien was seventh at the 50 meter mark in 24.70 but stormed back to pass the entire field ecept for Hutchinson.
In semi-final action, Mark Versfeld and Chris Renaud qualified first and second in the 200 back in 2:01.74 and 2:01.93. Close behind was Dustin Hersee at 2:02.00. Versfeld hold the Canadian record at 1:59.39.
Laura Nichols (56.51) and Shannon Shakespeare (56.56) were the top qualifiers in the women's 100 free. Kristy Cameron and Christen Petelski were only three-hundredths apart in the 200m breast (2:31.13 to 2:31.16). Brian Johns qualified first in the men's 200m IM in 2:02.88, ahead of Curtis Myden, whose 2:03.19 was well off his national record of 2:00.38.