Canadian Olympic Trials Days 6-8: Myden Leads the Way -- June 4, 2000
MONTREAL, June 4. CANADIAN supestar Curtis Myden led the way on the final three days of competition of the Canadian Olympic Trials in Montreal.
Leading from start to finish, Myden clocked 2:01.20 for the men's 200 meters individual medley on Friday--the world's second fastest time this year. Second went to Brian Johns, who stayed close enough to finish in a lifetime best 2:02.80, and earn himself a trip to Sydney.
Dustin Hersee pulled off an upset in the men's 200m backstroke. Third at the 100 meter mark, he overtook favorites Chris Renaud and Mark Versfeld just before the final turn, then hung on to win in 2:00.96. Renaud followed in 2:01.07.
Christen Petelski swam exactly fast enough--2:29.91--to meet the Olympic "A" qualifying standard as she won the women's 200m breaststroke. Marianne Limpert was the surprise winner in the 100m freestyle, clocking 56.31 to Laura Nicholls' 56.49.
Day 7 saw two 16-year-olds battle for top honors in the women's 200m backstroke. Kelly Stefanyshyn, winner of the 100 meters, made it a double, clocking 2:13.56 to Jennifer Fratesi's 2:14.90
Mike Mintenko won the men's 100m butterfly in 53.45, a tad slower than his 53.36 in semis and Stephen Clarke's national record of 53.33.
Seventenn year-old Andrew Hurd swam the race of his life, winning the 1500m freestyle in spectacular fashion, a good 22 seconds ahead of his nearest pursuer. The Toronto teenager clocked 15:12.70, just 7-hundredths slower than the Canadian record set ten years ago.