2016 Canadian Trials: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

Jul 18, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Fans of Canada cheer during the swimming competition during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2016 Canadian Trials continues with athletes competing for the Olympic and Paralympic teams in finals of the following events:

  • Women’s 50 Free PARA
  • Men’s 50 Free PARA
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 200 Free PARA
  • Men’s 200 Free PARA
  • Women’s 400 Free PARA
  • Men’s 400 Free PARA

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Women’s 50 Free PARA:

Aurelie Rivards delivered the top time in finals with a scorching 28.04 in the S10 division. Rivers finished more than three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Katarina Roxon’s 31.14. Roxon improved upon her S9 prelims time of 31.50, while Morgan Bird rounded out the top three with a time of 31.76 in the S8 division.

Men’s 50 Free PARA: 

Nathan Stein maintained his spot atop the men’s 50-meter free with a time of 24.07, bettering upon his 24.38 from this morning’s prelims in the S10 division.

Alexander Elliot moved from third to second in the S10 division with a time of 25.77, shaving time off of his prelims finish of 26.03.

Isaac Bouckley rounded out the top three with a final time of 25.99 in the S10 division.

Men’s 400 IM:

Luke Reilly uncorked a scorching 4:17.14 to top the competition in the men’s 400-meter IM. Reilly succeeded in shaving six full seconds off his prelims time of 4:23.18. Reilly’s time from finals earned him a spot in the top 20 of the 2016 world rankings.

Tristan Cote, this morning’s prelims winner, battled for second with Robert Hill as the two finished .07 seconds apart. Cote stopped the clock at a 4:21.18 over Hill’s 4:21.25.

Women’s 400 Free:

Brittany MacLean surged ahead of the competition in the women’s 400-meter free to claim the first place seed with a time of 4:03.84. MacLean’s final time puts her under the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:09.08 and is a a new Canadian Record in the event. On top of her new record MacLean surges up to second in the world rankings for the 400 free, behind only Katie Ledecky (3:59.54).

The young Taylor Ruck posted the second fastest time in the event with a final 4:09.93, slicing more than three seconds off her personal best of 4:13.51 from the Pan American Games, but falling short of the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:09.08.

Kennedy Goss rounded out the top three finishers with a personal best of 4:10.30.

Men’s 100 Breast:

Jason Block finished first in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a final time of 1:00.59, just barely missing the Olympic Qualifying time of 1:00.57.

Richard Funk grabbed second overall with a final time of 1:00.92 to be the only other swimmer under 1:01.

James Dergousof tied with Ashton Baumann for third overall with a time of 1:01.56.

Women’s 100 Fly:

Penelope Oleksiak delivered a sizzling 56.99 to win the women’s 100-meter butterfly in record fashion. Oleksiak’s time dipped well below the Olympic qualifying standard of 58.74 and uprooted the former Canadian record of 57.27. The former Canadian record was set in 2014 by Savard. The sixteen-year-old’s finish rockets her to third in the world rankings behind Sarah Sjostrom (55.68) and Xinyi Chen (56.82).

Noemie Thomas posted a second-place finish of 57.02 that also fell beneath both the Olympic qualifying standard and former Canadian record.

Katerine Savard, the former Canadian record holder, grabbed third overall with a time of 57.75 to be the only other swimmer to finish under the qualifying standard of 58.74.

Men’s 200 Free:

Markus Thormeyer and Jeremy Bagshaw battled for first in the men’s 200 free, posting times a slim .03 seconds apart. Thormeyer got his hand to the wall first to stop the clock at a 1:48.17 over Bashaw’s 1:48.20. Both finished close to the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:47.97.

Yuri Kisil grabbed third overall with a time of 1:48.90.

Women’s 200 Free PARA:

Angela Marinas moved up from her second-place ranking in the women’s 200 free to win the event with a time of 2:26.24. Marinas succeeded in shaving more than three seconds off her prelims time of 2:29.87.

Despite slipping to second in the event, Kirstie Kaskos sliced close to three seconds off her prelims time of 2:29.57 to finish with a 2:26.72 overall.

Third in the event went to Justine Morriers and her final time of 2:30.28. Both Kaskos and Morriers are part of the S14 division.

Men’s 200 Free PARA:

Gordie Mitchie turned in the top time in the men’s 200 free with a swift 2:03.66, stopping the clock just shy of three seconds ahead of the competition.

Maxime Rousselles finished second overall with a final time of 2:06.28k while Dalton Boons turned in a 2:08.55 for third. All three were of the S14 Division.

Women’s 400 Free PARA:

Aurelie Rivard claimed her second win of the evening with a dynamite 4:39.56 in the 400 free (S10 Division) to finish almost 35 seconds ahead of the competition. Rivard succeeded in shaving time off her prelims time of 4:42.11.

Katarina Roxon finished second overall with a time of 5:14.35 in the S9 division, bettering upon her prelims time of 5:15.98.

Samantha Ryan grabbed third overall with a final 5:18.98 in the S10 division.

Men’s 400 Free PARA:

Benolt Huot maintained his spot atop the leaderboard of the 400 free, posting a final time of 4:09.89. Huot bettered upon his prelims time of 4:17.62 by 7.73 seconds in the S10 division.

Isaac Bouckley, also of the S10 division, finished second overall with a time of 4:17.35, slicing two seconds off his prelims time of 4:19.35.

Third went to Devin Gotell, swimming in the S13 division, and his time of 4:27.99.

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