Canadian Olympic Trials, Day 2 Prelims: Penny Oleksiak 10th in 200 Free Behind Summer McIntosh

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Canadian Olympic Trials, Day 2 Prelims: Penny Oleksiak 10th in 200 Free Behind Summer McIntosh

The Canadian women’s 800 free relay is taking shape at Canadian Olympic Trials, and the names aren’t quite what you might expect.

Summer McIntosh led the way in prelims of the women’s 200 freestyle on Tuesday, the second day of Canadian Olympic Trials in Toronto. McIntosh’s time of 1:56.78 is an Olympic qualifying cut.

Second was Mary-Sophie Harvey in 1:57.65. But the other mainstays in the program were farther afield.

Rebecca Smith, who swam in the 800 free relay in Tokyo, was eighth in prelims. Brooklyn Douthwright, who swam at the 2023 World Championships was ninth. Relay mate Emma O’Croinin was fifth.

That was better than the established Olympians. Penny Oleksiak, the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history, finished 10th in 2:00.16 to barely scrape into the A final. That was one spot better than Katerine Savard in 2:00.55. Taylor Ruck, who entered seeded 17th, scratched the event.

Elsewhere in the morning, Sophie Angus set the pace in a crowded women’s 100 breast with five swimmers clustered within three tenths. Angus went 1:07.12. Kelsey Wog was a tenth back, followed by Shona Branton, Sydney Pickrem and Alexanne Lepage, the latter in 1:07.32. The Olympic A cut is 1:06.79.

On the men’s side, Tristan Jakovics led the way in the men’s 400 IM in 4:15.68. He was ahead of Lorne Wigginton (4:19.74). Wiggington was the top seed some seven seconds quicker, his seed of 4:12.81 within .31 of the A cut that he’ll presumably chase at night.

Blake Tierney led the way in the men’s 100 back in 53.93 ahead of Aiden Norman. The A cut is 53.74. Tierney has been 53.65.

In Para events, Carle Giammichele went 1:23.89 in the men’s 100 breaststroke. That lowers his SB7 national record of 1:25.76, set in March.

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