SYDNEY PICKREM SETS CANADIAN RECORD, TEAM CANADA NAMED ON EXCITING FINAL NIGHT AT TRIALS

(Crédit: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada)
(Crédit: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada)

VICTORIA – Sydney Pickrem did what she wanted by breaking her own Canadian record in the 200-metre individual medley while Alex Loginov did the unexpected by winning the 50-m freestyle in Sunday’s final night of racing at the 2017 Team Canada Trials.

Pickrem won the 200 IM in two minutes, 9:56 seconds. That shaved .48 of a second off the record she set at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. It also was well under the time of 2:13.41 she needed to qualify for this summer’s world championships.

“That means a lot,” Pickrem, who represents Island Swimming, said about the record. “To have my name up on the board and to have each time I go a best time it’s going to be a Canadian record, it’s something special that I will hold near and dear to me.”

The 19-year-old had already earned a spot on the world championship team in the 400-m IM.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, an Ottawa native who trains at the High Performance Centre – Vancouver, was second in 2:10.97, also under the qualifying time. Sarah Darcel of Victoria, who swims for Island Swimming, was third in 2:12.51.

Loginov of Toronto won the 50-m free in 22.24 seconds. The qualifying time was 22.47.

“I wanted to go a little faster but I will take it for now,” said Loginov, a 2015 Pan Am Games finalist who swims for the Toronto Swim Club. “It was more of a mental challenge. I haven’t gone a best time since 2015. It’s been kind of hard on me.

“I feel really relieved at this moment.”

Yuri Kisil of Calgary, who trains at the High Performance Centre – Vancouver and was already qualified in the 100 free, was second in 22.55 while Spencer Bougie of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club was third in 22.75.

Michelle Toro of Toronto won the women’s 50-m free in 24.95. Fellow Olympic medallist Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., who swims for CAMO, was second in 25.11. Both were under the qualifying time of 28.18.

“Winning it was my goal tonight,” said Toro (formerly Williams), who trains at the High Performance Centre – Ontario. “I’m a little bit disappointed in the time but I know there’s more to do. I have a lot of races coming up in the next few months so I know I will be fast.”

Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg, who also trains at the High Performance Centre – Ontario, was third in 25.21.

The trials attracted over 400 swimmers to Saanich Commonwealth Place. The FINA World Championships will be held July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary.

Mackenzie Padington had another big night to kick off Sunday’s finals. The 18-year-old from Campbell River, B.C., who swims for Island Swimming Club, knocked 20 seconds off her personal best time to win the grueling 800-m in 8:31.68 seconds. Olivia Anderson of Toronto, who swims for the Etobicoke Swim Club, was second in 8:37.12. Both swimmers were under the qualifying time of 8:35.56. Danica Ludlow of Victoria, who swims for the University of Calgary, was third in 8:47.12.

Padington was coming off the high of gaining a spot on the world championship team by winning the 400-m freestyle Saturday night.

“I guess I was still kind of running off that wave,” she said.

Olympic medallist Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., who swims for CAMO, won the women’s 200-m butterfly in 2:12.47. That was above the qualifying time of 2:09.77. Victoria Kwan of Richmond Hill, Ont., who swims for the Markham Aquatic Club, was second in 2:13.58 while Mabel Zavaros, who swims for Oakville Aquatic Club, was third in 2:13.59

Toronto’s Mack Darragh, who swims for the Oakville Aquatic Club, won the men’s 200-m fly in 1:57.94, which left him .66 over the qualifying time. Nicolaas Dekker, of the Richmond Rapids Swim Club, was second in 1:59.80 and Montana Champagne, of the Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club, was third in 2:00.45.

Darragh returned to the pool to win the 200-IM in 2:01.32 but again missed the qualifying time. Rob Hill, who swims for Chena, was second in 2:02.46 while Luke Reilly of Richmond, B.C., who trains at the High Performance Centre – Vancouver, was third in 2:02.99

Eric Hedlin of Victoria, who swims for the University of Victoria Pacific Coast, won the men’s 1,500-m in 15:08.35.

Canada will send 32 swimmers (20 women, 12 men) to the world championships.

John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s High Performance Director, said the team shows the progression in Canadian swimming.

“The female side of the program continues to move forward after some world-class performances,” he said. “There were also some new athletes stepping forward and making the team.

“In the men’s program, we had some swimmers who just missed out last year (but) stepped up and made the FINA A time this year. We’re looking at these athletes to be part of the progression of men’s swimming over this quadrennial towards Tokyo.” 

Martyn Wilby, senior coach Olympic program, said the work is just beginning.

“I think the key for this is to take the performances from here and build on them moving forward so that we can be competitive in Budapest,” he said.

“I would like to think that everyone can improve their times from trials to Budapest. If we do that then we’re going to have a lot of second swims. Once you get second swims then you have the potential to get medals.”

Both swim of the meet awards recognized 100-m backstroke performances. The male swim of the meet went to Javier Acevedo of Toronto, whose time of 53.64 ranks him No. 3 in the world so far this year. The female swim of the meet belonged to Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont. She twice lowered her Canadian record in the 100 back, with a 58.21 in the final setting a world best on the way to a sweep of all three backstroke events.

 

Team/ Équipe Canada – Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships/Championnats due monde FINA 2017

Staff/Personnel

     

Last Name/

First Name/

 

 

Nom de famille

Prénom

 

 

Atkinson

John

Team Leader/Chef d’équipe

 

Wilby

Martyn

Head Coach

 

Perry

Mark

Head Coach – Open Water

 

Titley

Ben

Coach

 

St-Jean

Claude

Coach

 

Mallette

Ryan

Coach

 

Kiefer

Linda

Coach

 

Johnson

Tom

Coach

 
       

Pool Swimmers

     

Last Name/

First Name/

Club

Coach

Nom de famille

Prénom

 

 

Cote

Tristan

Etobicoke Swim Club

Blondal, Mike

McGregor

Ashley

Pointe-Claire Swim Club

Bultman, Steve

Pickrem

Sydney

Island Swimming Club

Bultman, Steve

Padington

Mackenzie

Island Swimming Club – NextGen Victoria

Dingey, Brad

Seltenreich-Hodgson

Erika

Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club – HPC Vancouver

Johnson, Tom

Kisil

Yuri

UBC Dolphins Swim Club – HPC Vancouver

Johnson, Tom

Thormeyer

Markus

UBC Dolphins Swim Club – HPC Vancouver

Johnson, Tom

Olafson

Carson

UBC Dolphins Swim Club – HPC Vancouver

Johnson, Tom

Masse

Kylie

Windsor-Essex Swim Team

Kiefer, Linda

Smith

Kierra

Liquid Lightning Swim Club

Kremer, Kelly

Loginov

Alex

Toronto Swim Club

MacDonald, Byron

Caldwell

Hilary

Island Swimming Club – HPC Victoria

Mallette, Ryan

Bagshaw

Jeremy

Island Swimming Club – HPC Victoria

Mallette, Ryan

Harvey

Mary-Sophie

Neptune Natation

Rushton, Tom

Binnema

Josiah

Edmonton Keyano Swim Club

Schoof, Derrick

Nicol

Rachel

La Swim Club

Schori, Peter

Acevedo

Javier

Ajax Aquatic Club

Smith, Brian

Vanlandeghem

Chantal

Toronto Swim Club

Smith, Brian

Mainville

Sandrine

Club Aquatique Montreal

St-Jean, Claude

Savard

Katerine

Club Aquatique Montreal

St-Jean, Claude

Funk

Richard

Toronto Swim Club – HPC Ontario

Titley, Ben

Oleksiak

Penny

Toronto Swim Club – HPC Ontario

Titley, Ben

Toro

Michelle

North York Aquatic Club – HPC Ontario

Titley, Ben

Sanchez

Kayla

Ajax Aquatic Club – HPC Ontario

Titley, Ben

Smith

Rebecca

Scarborough Swim Club – HPC Ontario

Titley, Ben

Anderson

Olivia

Etobicoke Swim Club

Thorburn, Kevin

       

Open Water Swimmers

   

Dusablon

Jade

Club Aquatique Montreal

St-Jean, Claude

Guertin

Philippe

Club Aquatique Montreal

St-Jean, Claude

Siwicki

Breanne

Manta Swim Club

Hainey, Tom

Hedlin

Eric

Pacific Coast Swimming

Jacks, Ron

Horner

Stephanie

Pointe-Claire Swim Club

Jacks, Ron

Weinberger

Richard

Pacific Coast Swimming

Jacks, Ron