Joshua Liendo Kicks off Canadian Olympic Trials with National Record in 100 Fly

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Joshua Liendo; Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol

Joshua Liendo got Canadian Olympic Trials off to a flying start Saturday morning by going 51.40 in prelims of the men’s 100 fly, a Canadian record and an Olympic A cut.

The 18-year-old will be the top seed in finals Saturday night, the first day of the four-day meet. He cut seven tenths off his seed time to get under the Olympic A standard. He also downed the time of 51.83 set by Santo Condorelli at the Rio Olympics that had been the Canadian record.

Second is Finlay Knox in 53.16. The Canadian men entered the race with just six Olympic A cuts, so Joshua Liendo adding another is significant.

Men’s 100 fly

Event 2  Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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     CANADIAN: N 51.83  2016-08-11Santo Condorelli, UNATT
    OLYMPIC A: Q 51.96
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Joshua Liendo         02 NYAC                52.13      51.40N 
    r:+0.63  24.01        51.40 (27.39)
  2 Knox, Finlay           01 SCAR                54.60      53.16  
    r:+0.66  24.59        53.16 (28.57)
  3 Ogilvie, Keir          02 UBCT                54.68      53.73  
    r:+0.63  24.74        53.73 (28.99)
  4 Darragh, Mack          93 OAK                 54.14      54.33  
    r:+0.66  25.61        54.33 (28.72)
  5 Calkins, Stephen       98 UCSC                55.00      54.49  
    r:+0.63  25.12        54.49 (29.37)
  6 Marcoux, Raphael       98 UL                  53.48      54.59  
    r:+0.62  25.13        54.59 (29.46)
  7 Migneault, Justice     02 UBCT                56.33      54.67  
    r:+0.64  25.40        54.67 (29.27)
  8 Champagne, Montana     96 GO                  54.33      54.76  
    r:+0.71  25.40        54.76 (29.36)
  9 Olafson, Carson        97 UBCT                53.80      54.78  
    r:+0.70  24.98        54.78 (29.80)
 10 Perreault, Alexandre   98 OTTSC               53.47      54.82  
    r:+0.60  24.77        54.82 (30.05)

In the other prelims event of the early morning session, Maggie MacNeil easily gained the top seed for finals with a time of 56.70. That’s within a second of her best time, which is the Canadian record and an Olympic A cut. MacNeil is already provisionally selected for the Olympics in this event.

Second was a surprise in Katerine Savard, the 28-year-old slicing 1.8 seconds off her seed time to go 58.13 and earn the second seed in finals. Third is Rebecca Smith, who has an A cut in 57.59, but went 58.94 in the morning. Five swimmers are under a minute.

Women’s 100 fly

Event 1  Women 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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     CANADIAN: N 55.83  2019-07-22Margaret MacNeil, LAC
    OLYMPIC A: Q 57.92
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 MacNeil, Margaret      00 LAC                 55.83      56.70Q 
    r:+0.63  26.68        56.70 (30.02)
  2 Savard, Katerine       93 CAMO                59.93      58.13  
    r:+0.67  27.23        58.13 (30.90)
  3 Smith, Rebecca         00 SCAR                57.59      58.94  
    r:+0.74  27.02        58.94 (31.92)
  4 Zavaros, Mabel         00 MAC                 59.84      59.23  
    r:+0.65  27.56        59.23 (31.67)
  5 Hanus, Danielle        98 ISC                 58.74      59.66  
    r:+0.66  27.98        59.66 (31.68)
  6 Fernandes, Aryanna     00 AAC               1:01.16    1:00.62  
    r:+0.52  28.17      1:00.62 (32.45)
  7 McMillan, Ashley       04 KISU              1:02.24    1:00.82  
    r:+0.71  28.32      1:00.82 (32.50)
  8 Gormley, Breckin       04 NKB               1:01.31    1:00.93  
    r:+0.61  28.57      1:00.93 (32.36)
  8 Sasseville, Genevieve  03 WS                  59.76    1:00.93  
    r:+0.64  27.91      1:00.93 (33.02)
 10 Field, Josie           01 UBCT              1:02.06    1:01.06  
    r:+0.64  28.92      1:01.06 (32.14)

In the second prelims session, Kylie Masse led the field in 58.13, within three hundredths of her Canadian record. Second was Kayla Sanchez in a personal-best 59.78, which is an Olympic A cut. Ingrid Wilm is third, getting a fresh A cut of 59.88 to take the third seed.

Fifth in the morning was Taylor Ruck, who entered with an A cut of 58.55. She was notably slower in 1:00.49.

Women’s 100 Backstroke

 Event 3  Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke
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     CANADIAN: N   58.10  2017-07-25Kylie Masse, WEST
    OLYMPIC A: A 1:00.25
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Masse, Kylie           96 TSC                 58.16      58.13A 
    r:+0.55  28.12        58.13 (30.01)
  2 Sanchez, Kayla         01 AAC                 59.82      59.78A 
    r:+0.61  29.10        59.78 (30.68)
  3 Wilm, Ingrid           98 CASC              1:00.45      59.88A 
    r:+0.67  29.41        59.88 (30.47)
  4 Harvey, Mary-Sophie    99 CAMO              1:00.64    1:00.39  
    r:+0.67  29.27      1:00.39 (31.12)
  5 Ruck, Taylor           00 SCAR                58.55    1:00.49  
    r:+0.66  29.25      1:00.49 (31.24)
  6 Hanus, Danielle        98 ISC               1:00.34    1:00.79  
    r:+0.63  29.75      1:00.79 (31.04)
  7 Rathwell, Regan        04 GO                1:01.16    1:01.78  
    r:+0.60  29.95      1:01.78 (31.83)
  8 Janvier, Aela          99 PCSC              1:02.72    1:02.10  
    r:+0.67  30.24      1:02.10 (31.86)
  9 Hannah, Jade           02 HTAC                59.63    1:02.53  
    r:+0.67  30.20      1:02.53 (32.33)
 10 Kary, Raili            02 TSC               1:01.71    1:02.84  
    r:+0.67  30.29      1:02.84 (32.55)

Markus Thormeyer led a crowded field in the 100 back at 54.18 on the men’s side. Second was Cole Pratt in 54.41 with Javier Acevedo third in 55.04.

Both Thormeyer and Pratt have Olympic A cuts (sub 53.85).

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Event 4  Men 100 LC Meter Backstroke
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     CANADIAN: N 53.35  2019-04-03Markus Thormeyer, UBCTS
    OLYMPIC A: A 53.85
    Name                 Year Team                 Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Thormeyer, Markus      97 UBCT                53.35      54.18  
    r:+0.68  26.39        54.18 (27.79)
  2 Pratt, Cole            02 CASC                53.81      54.41  
    r:+0.60  27.37        54.41 (27.04)
  3 Acevedo, Javier        98 AAC                 55.14      55.04  
    r:+0.57  26.65        55.04 (28.39)
  4 De Pol, Tayden         02 UBCT                56.47      55.23  
    r:+0.59  26.53        55.23 (28.70)
  5 Tierney, Blake         02 UBCT                57.41      55.24  
    r:+0.63  26.63        55.24 (28.61)
  6 Marois, William        98 CAMO                56.46      55.48  
    r:+0.59  27.01        55.48 (28.47)
  7 Hill, Robert           96 UCSC                55.18      55.92  
    r:+0.58  27.56        55.92 (28.36)
  8 Zeng, Tim              97 UL                  55.74      55.96  
    r:+0.56  27.06        55.96 (28.90)
  9 Stokes, Richie         00 UCSC                57.57      56.34  
    r:+0.57  27.51        56.34 (28.83)
  9 McNeill, Hugh          03 LOSC                58.36      56.34  
    r:+0.63  27.64        56.34 (28.70)

Preliminaries for three women’s swimmers and nine men’s swimmers in the 400 are also to be held. Those events will be timed finals Saturday night. Each finals event will feature 10 finalists.

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