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2024 Olympic and Paralympic Trials – Day 7

May 20, 2024

The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Trials, Presented by Bell, at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre has concluded with outstanding performances across the 7-day competition.

In the Para 50m Freestyle, Danielle Dorris broke her own S7 Canadian record with a time of 33.40, while Mary Jibb also set a new S9 national standard. However, it was Aurelie Rivard who scored the most Para points in the S10 category with her time of 27.99.

Sebastian Massabie etched his name into the record books once again, setting a new S4 50 Freestyle Canadian record of 38.48 to claim victory. He had come agonizingly close to breaking the record in the preliminary heats earlier in the day, touching in 38.52 to just narrowly miss his previous best mark.

Penny Oleksiak crushed her lifetime best to win the event in 25.06, edging out Taylor Ruck (25.08). Neither Oleksiak nor Ruck achieved the Olympic ‘A’ cut of 24.70 for individual qualification. Two Swim BC age group records were broken in the event, Leilani Fack (Langley Olympians) in the 15 – 17 age group and Kelly Choi (Kelowna AquaJets) in the 13 – 14 age group.

Josh Liendo lowered his own Canadian record in the 100m Butterfly with a world-leading time of 50.06 in the final, dropping almost three-tenths from his preliminary swim of 50.33 earlier in the day. His new mark of 50.06 moves him up to #5 on the all-time world rankings. Ilya Kharun also qualified for the Olympics with his second-place 51.09, under his previous best.

Sydney Pickrem stunned with a blistering 36.29 breaststroke leg in the 200m Individual Medley, but Summer McIntosh rallied on the freestyle leg to win in 2:07.06, narrowly missing her own Canadian record. Pickrem qualified for her third Olympics with a lifetime best of 2:07.68. Canada showcased depth with four women under the ‘A’ cut, though Mary-Sophie Harvey and Ashley McMillan finished outside the top two.

In the Paralympic 200 Free events, Sebastian Massabie (Pacific Sea Wolves) continued his record-breaking run by setting a new S4 Canadian record of 3:07.00 in the 200m Freestyle preliminaries. Nicholas Bennett won the Para power point battle in the same event with 1:54.78 in the S14 category. Alisson Gobeil held off Jessica Tinney in the S5 200m Freestyle showdown.

Eric Brown defended his national title in the 1500m Freestyle with a winning time of 15:23.87, quicker than last year but slower than the previous Olympic Trials. After being passed by Timothe Barbeau in the 800m earlier, Brown regained the lead before the 1150m mark, with Barbeau taking second in 15:26.58. Olivier Risk and Sebastian Paulins also finished in the top four with times under 15:30.

A Finals

Men’s Para 50 Free      GOLD                    Sebastian Massabie, PSW (38.08)

Men’s Para 50 Free      4th                              Fernando Lu, LOSC (25.05)

Women’s 50 Free          7th                              Leliani Fack, LOSC (25.55)

Men’s 100 Fly                    7th                              Raben Dommann, HPC VAN (53.49)

Men’s 100 Fly                    9th                              Bill Dongfang, ISC (53.78)

Women’s 200 IM            6th                              Danielle Hanus, RAPID / HPC VAN (2:13.61)

Men’s Para 200 Free   SILVER                  Sebastian Massabie, PSW (3:07.00)


Junior Finals

Women’s 50 Free          2nd                             Kelly Choi, KAJ (25.86)

Men’s 100 Fly                    5th                              Tristan Govier, HST (55.45)

Men’s 100 Fly                    9th                              Tuja Dreyer, ISC (55.85)

Women’s 200 IM            7th                              Ashley Ko, LOSC (2:19.70)

Men’s 1500 Free            1st                              Aiden Kirk, KAJ (15:47.55)

Men’s 1500 Free            3rd                              Zach McLeod, WDSC (15:59.06)

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