At the 2013 Summer Nationals, Luke Reilly (UBCD) and Emily Overholt (WVOSC) let it be known that they were ready to contend for the top spot in 400IM at the National level, as Reilly won the men's event and Overholt finished fourth. With the top swimmers in the country being away preparing for World Championships, however, the question was, how close were they to the top with all of the big guns present.
The answer came on Thursday evening of the 2014 Canadian Swimming Trials, and that answer was: They couldn't be much closer.
Overholt led through the first 200m of the women's event before being passed by Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (GO/VNSC) on the breastroke leg; Overholt was able to claw back some of the deficit, but Seltenreich-Hodgson prevailed in a new meet record of 4:40.07 to Overholt's 4:42.84.
The men's race was even more of a nail-biter, as Reilly and Alec Page (ISC/VAS) fought neck-and-neck through the first half, but then Page established an almost-two-second cushion on the breastroke leg - a lead that many might have thought was insurmountable. Reilly, clearly, was not one of those "many", however, and came storming back; if it had been the 401m IM, he probably would have won. Page, though, held him off with a gutsy final 5m to win in 4:15.80 to Reilly's 4:15.86.
Will Brothers (ISC/VAS) took the bronze in that event, leading the sole BC sweep on Day 2 of Trials.
Also picking up a gold medal and doing a lot to solidify her selecton to the PanPacs and Commonwealth Games squads was Tera Van Beilen (UBCD/VNSC), who once again used a strong second-half to the race to win the 100 Breast in 1:08.39.
The one other SwimBC medal on Day 2 came from Tim Zeng (CHENA), who took the silver in the men's 50 Back in 26.28.