Canadian Swimming Trials, Day 6 Prelims: Tristan Jankovics, Finlay Knox Set 200 IM Battle

Tristan Jankovics; Photo Courtesy: Michael P. Hall/Swimming Canada

Canadian Swimming Trials, Day 6 Prelims: Tristan Jankovics, Finlay Knox Set 200 IM Battle

Both Finlay Knox and Tristan Jankovics have been in fine form this week at Canadian Olympic Trials.

Knox is the do-everything stroke star, a winner in the 100 breaststroke and a relay piece in the 400 freestyle. Jankovics earned his first Olympics spot in the 400 individual medley.

They’re set to duel in the 200 IM Saturday night.

Jankovics set the top time in prelims at 2:00.56 Saturday morning at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, with national record holder Knox second in 2:00.80. Both will be pushing for the A cut of 1:57.94.

Collyn Gagne is in touch in 2:01.35, .07 ahead of Lorne Wigginton, who is trying to salvage an A cut from Trials. Double backstroke qualifier Blake Tierney was a distant sixth.

Summer McIntosh coasted to the top seed in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:11.16. That’s 1.5 seconds up on Mabel Zavaros. McIntosh’s best time is 2:04.06.

Josh Liendo is again under the A cut in the men’s 50 free in 21.72. That earns him the top seed in finals, and he’ll be hunting his national record of 21.61 at night. Yuri Kisil was second in 22.11, in search of an A cut of 21.96. Third is Eduoard Fullum-Huot in 22.25. Ilya Kharun finished sixth in 22.78.

The night finals will also include the fastest heat of the women’s 800 free. Absent McIntosh, the top seed is Emma Finlin.

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