Canadian Olympic Trials: Veterans Night as Olympians Brent Hayden, Audrey Lacroix, Julia Wilkinson, Erica Morningstar Earn Olympic Spots

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Canadian record holder Audrey Lacroix utilized a superior final push to smash Katerine Savard in the final 50 meters and earn the only Olympic spot for Canada in the event. Lacroix, who trailed Savard 1:33.89 to 1:35.06 at the 150-meter mark, threw down a 33.95 against Savard's 35.89 final 50 meters to win 2:09.01 to 2:09.78. Neither time cleared the FINA A cut time of 2:08.95, leaving Lacroix as the provisional qualifier in the event for Canada. Lacroix, who also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, moved to 11th in the world with her swim, while Savard wound up missing her 23rd ranked season best of 2:09.76 from the Quebec Cup earlier this month.

MacKenzie Downing finished third in 2:10.37, while Noemie Thomas (2:13.09), Erin Miller (2:13.46), Brenna MacLean (2:14.46), Devon Bibault (2:15.85) and Terri Lynn Benison (2:16.19) rounded out the championship heat.

Men's 100 free
Brent Hayden locked in his second Olympic appearance, and will be looking for his first Olympic hardware after winning the 100 free world title at the 2007 World Championships. Tonight, Hayden turned in a 48.53 to clear the FINA A cut of 48.82, and moved to an eighth-ranked tie with Eamon Sullivan.

Richard Hortness posted a second-place time of 49.21, missing the FINA A cut, but putting himself in position for a relay bid. Colin Russell (49.69) and Thomas Gossland (49.98) also cleared 50 seconds for potential relay duty.

Luke Peddie (50.05), Blake Worsley (50.23), Dominique Massie-Martel (50.33) and Kyle Troskot (50.66) comprised the rest of the championship heat.

Women's 200 IM
After breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100 back for the first time to qualify in that event for the Olympics, Julia Wilkinson added another race to her docket with a 2:12.78 in the medley tonight. She overcame Erica Morningstar down the stretch. Morningstar, however, also earned a berth on the Olympic squad with a second-place time of 2:12.99 that bettered the FINA A cut of 2:13.36. Wilkinson moved to 15th in the world rankings with her swim, while Morningstar took 17th. The Olympic appearance is the second for each swimmer, as both competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Alexa Komarnycky finished third in 2:13.88, while Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:14.39), Melanie Dodds (2:17.48), Marni Oldershaw (2:17.53), Hanna Pierse (2:17.95) and Chelsey Salli (2:18.21) also swam in the finale.

Veteran Paralympian Benoit Huot lodged a 53.22 to lead the men's 100 free S10 division, while Devin Gotell clocked a 57.99 in the S13 division. Michael Diering posted a 1:01.79 in the S9 division, while Donovan Tildesley clocked a 1:03.19 in the S11 division.

Valerie Grand'Maison posted a 2:32.59 for the top women's 200 IM SM13 division time. Summer Mortimer clocked a 2:37.30 in the S1M10 division, while Katarina Roxon posted a 2:54.23 to lead the SM9 division. Brianna Nelson had the best time in the SM7 division with a 3:10.85.

Women's 800 free prelims
During preliminary qualifying, Brittany MacLean topped the distance free with an 8:42.83, while Savannah King posted a second-seeded 8:42.86. Heather Maitland (8:48.38), Sherry Liu (8:49.18), Bridget Coley (8:49.94), Alexa Komarnycky (8:51.26), Zsofia Balazs (8:53.91) and Tyra Rooney (8:54.47) also made their way into the finale.

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