Joshua Liendo Lowers Canadian Record in Prelims at Bell Canadian Trials

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Joshua Liendo Lowers Canadian Record in Prelims at Bell Canadian Trials

Joshua Liendo’s fine form from NCAAs has passed customs north of the border.

After a sensational NCAA Men’s Championships with the University of Florida, Liendo lowered his Canadian record in prelims of the Bell Canadian Trials Wednesday morning.

Liendo went 50.78 seconds to chip a tenth of a second off his mark set last April at 50.88. Liendo, who excelled by attacking the front-half of his swims at NCAAs, was out quick in 23.94, then came back in 26.84.

He set the pace ahead of Ilya Kharun (52.66) and Finlay Knox (53.06) in the morning swim. The final will be Thursday night. Liendo has sealed a place in the 2022 World Aquatics Championships.

Liendo was outstanding last week at NCAAs at the University of Minnesota. He finished second in the 100 fly in 43.40 seconds to go with a silver medal in the 50 free. On the final day of the meet, he won the 100 free in 40.28 seconds, then split 40.66 off the front of the Gators’ winning 400 free relay. He helped Florida won the 400 free, 400 medley (swimming fly) and 200 free relays at the meet.

Liendo flew directly from Minneapolis to Toronto for the Bell Canadian Trials, which will serve to set the Canadian rosters for the summer international meets.

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