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MONTREAL, Canada, March 27. THE initial night of Olympic qualifying featured a handful of swimmers earning individual roster spots at the 2012 London Games as part of the Canadian Olympic Trials. Additionally, a Canadian record took a tumble in the women's 400-meter freestyle event.
Men's 400 IM
Alec Page opened the evening with a provisional Olympic qualifying mark in the men's 400-meter IM. He won the distance medley in 4:17.78, bettering the FINA B cut time of 4:25.44, but falling short of the A cut of 4:16.46. Page improved to 16th in the world with his swim. Andrew Ford finished second in 4:23.22, while Steven Bielby earned third in 4:23.66.
David Dimitrov (4:24.04), Matthew Kwatyra (4:26.63), Evan Broderick (4:28.00), Patrick Cowan (4:28.06) and Jerome Boucher (4:31.74) finished fourth through eighth.
Women's 400 free
Brittany MacLean shot down a Canadian record in the women's 400-meter freestyle event with a 4:06.08. That performance smashed Brittany Reimer's 2005 record of 4:07.32 set at the World Championships, and moved MacLean to 34th all time in the event. She also jumped to ninth in the world rankings, and secured her spot on the Olympic roster with a FINA A cut. Savannah King also cleared the FINA A cut of 4:09.35 with a 4:07.02 to place second. That swim also bettered the previous national record, and improved her to 13th in the world.
Alexa Komarnycky was the hard-luck finisher with a third-place time of 4:08.67, that would have earned her a spot as a FINA A cut if not for taking third. Barbara Jardin (4:09.80), Samantha Cheverton (4:11.22), Lindsay Delmar (4:11.24), Sherry Liu (4:16.39) and Bridget Coley (4:18.40) also swam in the finale.
Men's 100 breast
During prelims, Scott Dickens clocked a 1:00.39, just missing the Canadian record of 1:00.23 set by Mathieu Bois and tied by Dickens in 2009. He followed that up with a 1:00.43 in the finale to best the FINA A cut of 1:00.79 for a spot in the Olympics. His prelim time pushed him to sixth in the world rankings.
Richard Funk placed second in 1:01.27, while Jason Block touched third in 1:01.54. Paul Kornfeld (1:02.23), Mike Brown (1:02.49), Warren Barnes (1:02.55), Chris Tobin (1:03.06) and Hugues Patry (1:03.79) also competed in the finale.
Women's 100 fly
Katerine Savard raced into the Olympics with a FINA A cut time of 58.45, just clearing the qualification mark of 58.70. The swim fell off her national record of 57.80 from last November, and was off her season best of 58.02 from the Quebec Cup that ranked her sixth in the world.
MacKenzie Downing just missed the second spot on the squad with a 58.86, coming up short of the FINA A cut. Caroline Kuczynski (59.66), Kendra Chernoff (59.87), Erin Miller (1:00.45), Vanessa Charron (1:00.92), Noemie Thomas (1:01.47) and Sandrine Mainville (1:01.54) rounded out the championship field.
Men's 200 free
Blake Worsley was the top finisher with a FINA B cut time, clocking a 1:49.06 to earn provisional qualification into the Olympics. Chad Bobrosky (1:49.33), Hassaan Abdel-Khalik (1:49.59) and Tobias Oriwol (1:49.62) put themselves in position to comprise Canada's men's 800 free relay.
Stefan Hirniak (1:50.07), Nicholas Sinclair (1:50.22), Raymond Betuzzi (1:51.00) and Jeremy Bagshaw (1:51.10) completed the championship heat.
Nathan Stein led the SB9 division in the men's 100 breast with a 1:13.91, while Michael Heath turned in a 1:14.12 for the top SB14 time. Kyle McMahon posted a 1:36.15 for the top SB7 effort, while Scott Patterson turned in a 1:49.80 to lead the SB5 division.
Katarina Roxon clocked a 1:16.24 in the S9 division of the women's 100 fly, while Brianna Jennett-McNeil led the S10 division in 1:19.77. Morgan Bird topped the S8 division in 1:21.11. Brianna Nelso clocked a 40.51 in the women's 50 fly to lead a quartet of swimmers in the S7 division.