I won't lie: As swimmers were warming up for the second night of finals at the 2016 Canadian Swimming Championships and the video board was showing the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics, more than once I found myself staring at the board for longer than I'd intended. With no audio, though, I was providing my own commentary, including such pithy remarks as "So, when do they put Pelé in the back of a pickup and drive him to light the Olympic flame?"
But once the pool was cleared and we got ready to race in Edmonton, I completely forgot that there was this whole "Olympics" thing going on; it was another great night for our BC athletes in this meet, right from the starting, taking four medals in the first two events.
In the women's 200 Free, ISC teammates, Danica Ludlow and Mackenzie Padington picked up their second medals of the meet, with Ludlow adding a gold to her silver in 800 Free, while Padington stepped up the podium one step to add the silver to her bronze last night in 200 Breast.
Not long thereafter, Jeremy Bagshaw took the win in the men's event with one of the strongest performances thus far in the meet - winning in 1:48.97. Carson Olafson (UBCDS) took the bronze for his first individual medal of the meet.
Men's 50 Fly was another one-two finish for BC, with Luke Peddie (UBCDS) winning in 24.56, while Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) finishing just over a tenth behind in 24.69.
One of the busiest swimmers at the meet, Rob Hill (CHENA) took the win in the men's 100 Backstroke, and within half an hour, was back in the water for the 400IM final, where he placed fifth. That IM race was won by Luke Reilly (UBCDS) 4:21.36.
The women's 400 IM was a good back-and-forth race which saw Sarah Darce (ISC)l finishing third, with Megan Dalke (KCS) just a half-second behind.
The final individual event of the evening was 50 Breastroke, where James Dergousoff (CHENA) added to his gold in the 200 last night, with a bronze in this event.
- Online results
- Swimming Canada event page
- Watch live (prelims start 9am, finals at 5pm PDT)
(That "other" swim meet, taking place in a town called Rio, gets underway with prelims at 9am PDT and finals at 6pm PDT). Check it out on CBC live, or be a stooge and watch NBC on tape-delay.)