Tessa Cieplucha Wins 1500 Free During Day One of Canada Trials

Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada

Day one of the Canada Trials showed numerous quick swims including a scorching 16:47.84 from Tessa Cieplucha in the women’s 1500 free.

Samantha Corea led the women’s 50 fly tonight with a swift 26.29 to touch just in front of Noemie Thomas’ 26.32. The two were followed to the wall by Paige Kremer who also stayed under 27 seconds with a 26.92.

Santo Condorelli was the men’s champion in the ‘A’ final of the 50 fly touching with a time of 23.80, almost a full second ahead of the competition. Gamal Assaad touched second with a 24.60, while Ben Berg finished third with a 24.73. The ‘B’ final showed quick times with Erik Risolvato (23.75) posting the only other 23 of the event. Geoff Cheah (24.02) and Joshua Romany (24.49) also posted quick times.

Battling it out in the 200 free was Emily Overholt and Katerine Savard with Overholt claiming the top time. Overholt touched with a time of 1:58.69, while Savard finished with a 1:58.84, a second and a half drop from her prelims time.

Jeremy Bagshaw and Alec Page of Island Swimming went 1-2 in the men’s 200 free. Bagshaw claimed the win with a 1:47.48, while Page touched with a 1:49.20. The ‘B’ final highlighted Anders Lie Nielsen with a 1:48.79 and Christian Scherubl with a 1:49.10. Bagshaw’s time pushed him to fourth in the world

The women’s 100 back showed an incredible depth of talent as the top three finishers of the ‘A’ final touched within .53 seconds of one another. With Brooklynn Snodgrass, the top seed for the event, unable to attend the meet due to an undisclosed illness, it was Dominique Bouchard who claimed gold with a time of 1:00.20. Bouchard was closely followed by Hillary Caldwell (1:00.54) and Kylie Masse (1:00.73). Bouchard’s time tied her with Natalie Coughlin for fifth in the world rankings.

Despite having her disqualification in the 200 breaststroke this morning overturned, Smith was unable to claim the win as she was disqualified during the finals heat as well. This gave Martha McCabe the opportunity to grab the win with a 2:24.53. McCabe was followed to the wall by Tera Van Beilen (2:27.76) and Rachel Nicol (2:28.47). McCabe moved to sixth in the world rankings with the swim.

It was a close finish in the ‘A’ final of the men’s 200 breaststroke with James Dergousoff narrowly out-touching Richard Funk for the win. Dergousoff finished in 2:13.11 while Funk was a 2:13.13. The ‘B’ final showed quick swims from Mizzou’s Sam Tierney (2:13.88) and Igor Kozlovskij (2:13.98).

Tessa Cieplucha swept the competition in the women’s 1500 free after she dashed to a 16:47.84. Second to the wall was Sophia Saroukian who touched with a time of 16:53.91.

2015 Canada Trials, Day One Results – Results


  1. Andrew Rose

    That looks like fly.

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    A 16:47 would be a pretty scorching butterfly time for sure…. it is a very solid freestyle time from a talented young swimmer, but “scorching” seems to verge on the hyperbolic in my humble opinion.