The third day of racing at the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials started off with a bang with the Women’s 400m Freestyle. After coming up just shy of making the Worlds team in the 200 Free earlier in the meet, Mackenzie Padington (ISC) stormed to a gold medal with a best time by almost five seconds, in 4:09.04, which was well under FINA A time. Along with this win - her first National Championship, she added her name to the World Championships team.
Not long thereafter, her teammate Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) also won gold in a time of 3:50.27. Bagshaw was closely followed by bronze medallist Colin Gilbert (KCS) who went 3:53.23.
Hillary Caldwell (ISC) followed suit later in the 200m Backstroke where she nabbed a silver medal and added another event to her schedule for the World Championships. She will be swimming both the 100m and 200m Backstrokes in Budapest this summer.
CHENA boys continued their domination of the backstroke events in the men’s 200m backstroke, where Rob Hill (CHENA) touched first in a time of 2:00.12, closely followed by his teammate Tim Zeng (CHENA) in 2:00.95 to claim the silver medal.
Faith Knelson (ISC) added another medal to her collection with a silver medal in the Women’s 50m Breastroke. She touched in a time of 31.25, 0.74 seconds faster than her entry time and just 0.06 seconds from the first place finisher, Rachel Nichol (LASC).
Other finalists include:
• Octavia Lau (HYACK) W400FR 7th 4:19.90
• Kaitlin Gervais (UVPCS) W400FR 8th 4:21.04
• Jon McKay (UVPCS) M400FR 8th 4:01.38
• Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) M100FL 4th 53.97
• Nicolas Duke (CHENA) M200BK 7th 2:05.31
• James Dergousoff (CHENA) M50BR 5th 28.71
With one more day left in the meet, here’s to some more great swimming from BC athletes.