Joshua Liendo Blasts 100 Butterfly National Record at Canadian Trials; Maggie Mac Neil Shines

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Joshua Liendo Trims 100 Fly National Record for Second Time at Canadian Trials

Joshua Liendo made it two national records in two swims on Wednesday at the Bell Canadian Trials, dropping a night swim of 50.36 in the 100 fly.

Liendo had started prelims by going 50.78 at the Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre to knock a tenth off his national record. He was even faster at night, most of that time gain occurring on the opening 50 meters, where he went out in 23.62. He had been 23.94 in the morning.

Second was Ilya Kharun, the teen booking his ticket to the World Aquatic Championships this summer with a time of 51.45 seconds. Finlay Knox was third in 52.11.

The Canadians will also send two women to Worlds in the event. Maggie Mac Neil led the way with at time of 56.54, nearly two seconds under the FINA cut. Her time was within a second of her national record from the Tokyo Olympics in which she won gold. Second was program veteran Katerine Savard in 57.81, also a FINA A cut.

Elsewhere at Bell Canadian Trials:

Kylie Masse won the 50 backstroke in 27.41 seconds. She outdueled Ingrid Wilm (27.59), who had bested her to win the 100 back.

Javier Acevedo nudged .07 seconds off his national record in the 50 back by winning in 24.90.

Emma Finlin will make her first senior national team appearance in the 1,500 freestyle after winning the event in 16:20.61. That’s well under the FINA cut of 16:29.57. The 17-year-old Albertan, who swims for Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, is a member of the high school class of 2024 and is committed to Kentucky. She joins a long line of precocious distance swimmers from Canada, which includes Olympian Katrina Bellio and now world record holder Summer McIntosh.

Eric Brown won the men’s 800 free with a time of 7:56.98. That’s more than 2.5 seconds quicker than his seed time but still six seconds shy of the FINA A cut.

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