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Team Canada Named on Exciting Final Night at Trials

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 Canada – Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships


John Atkinson – Team Leader
Martyn Wilby – Head Coach
Mark Perry – Head Coach, Open Water
Ben Titley – Coach
Claude St-Jean – Coach
Ryan Mallette – Coach
Linda Kiefer – Coach
Tom Johnson – Coach

Pool Swimmers

Tristan Cote – Etobicoke Swim Club
Ashley McGregor – Pointe-Claire Swim Club
Sydney Pickrem – Island Swimming Club
Mackenzie Padington – Island Swimming Club, NextGen Victoria
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson – Greater Ottawa Kingfish Swim Club, HPC Vancouver
Yuri Kisil – UBC Dolphins Swim Club, HPC Vancouver
Markus Thormeyer – UBC Dolphins Swim Club, HPC Vancouver
Carson Olafson – UBC Dolphins Swim Club, HPC Vancouver
Kylie Masse – Windsor-Essex Swim Team
Kierra Smith – Liquid Lightning Swim Club
Alex Loginov – Toronto Swim Club
Hilary Caldwell – Island Swimming Club, HPC Victoria
Jeremy Bagshaw – Island Swimming Club, HPC Victoria
Mary-Sophie Harvey – Nepture Natation
Josiah Binnema – Edmonton Keyano Swim Club
Rachel Nicol – La Swim Club
Javier Acevedo – Ajax Aquatic Club
Chantal Vanlandeghem – Toronto Swim Club
Sandrine Mainville – Club Aquatique Montreal
Katerine Savard – Club Aquatique Montreal
Richard Funk – Toronto Swim Club, HPC Ontario
Penny Oleksiak – Toronto Swim Club, HPC Ontario
Michelle Toro – North York Aquatic Club, HPC Ontario
Kayla Sanchez – Ajax Aquatic Club, HPC Ontario
Rebecca Smith – Scarborough Swim Club, HPC Ontario
Olivia Anderson – Etobicoke Swim Club

Open Water Swimmers

Jade Dusablon – Club Aquatique Montreal
Philippe Guertin – Club Aquatique Montreal
Breanne Siwicki – Manta Swim Club
Eric Hedlin – Pacific Coast Swimming
Stephanie Horner – Pointe-Claire Swim Club
Richard Weinberger – Pacific Coast Swimming

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Photo: via Emsie Williams