Day three of the 2018 Canadian Trials in Edmonton was another prosperous day for BC swimmers. Events for the day included the 150m IM para multi-class, 200m IM para multi-class, 400m FR, 100m FL, 200m IM, and 50m BK para multi-class.
Aimee Brennan (S9SB9SM9) (WDSC) led off the evening with a tenth place finish in the Women’s 200m IM para multi-class with a time of 3:11.50. Nick Bennett (S14SB14SM14) (RAC) continued on his medal winning trend with a bronze in the Men’s event in a time of 2:23.11. Ian Goodyear (S9SB8SM9) (COMOX) picked up ninth place in a time of 2:52.50.
Up and coming distance star Mackenzie Padington (CRKW) was neck and neck with Olympian Kennedy Goss until the final 100m. Padington came out on top due to a strong last 100m with a time of 4:11.56. This adds the 400m FR to her schedule in Tokyo, as she already qualified in the 800m event earlier in the meet. Molly Gowans (ISC) was the next BC finisher with a time of 4:20.14 for sixth place. Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) touched ninth in 4:26.72 and Octavia Lau (HYACK) finished in tenth place with a time of 4:28.64. On the men’s side, Jeremy Bagshaw (ISC) charged to a victory in a time of 3:54.15. Bagshaw already qualified in the 4x200m FR relay. The next closest finisher was fifth place finisher Colin Gilbert (KCS) who hit the wall in 3:57.68. Raben Dommann (CHENA) was the final BC swimmer to hit the wall - he slid under the 4:00 barrier to touch sixth in 3:59.69.
In the Women’s 100m FL, Danielle Hanus (ISC) earned the bronze medal in a time of 59.84. Haley Black (PGB) also slid under the 1:00 barrier with a time of 59.86 for fourth place. Heidi Bradley (ISC) touched seventh in a 1:01.34. On the Men’s side, Josiah Binnema (UBCSC) added his name to the Pan Pacific Championships roster. He handily won the event in a 52.56. His UBCSC compatriot Carson Olafson (UBCSC) claimed the bronze in a 53.51. Nicolaas Dekker (RAPID) touched tenth in a 55.14.
The Women’s 200m IM was arguably the best event for BC women on day 3. Six of the ten A finalists were from BC. The event was won by Sydney Pickrem (ISC) in a 2:10.66 - an effort which earned her a berth on the Pan Pacific Championships team. Sarah Darcel (ISC) finished in fourth in a time of 2:13.51, just outside the medals. LOSC teammates Bailey Herbert (LOSC) and Hillary Metcalfe (LOSC) finished fifth and sixth in times of 2:16.43 and 2:17.08, respectively. 400m IM gold medallist Emily Overholt (UBCSC) touched just 0.04 seconds behind Metcalfe to claim event place in a 2:17.12. Maia Brundage (UBCSC) rounded out the heat in tenth place in a time of 2:18.00. Josh Zakala (ISC) was the only BC finalist in the Men’s 200m IM. Zakala touched in a time of 2:04.78 for sixth place. In the Men’s 50m BK para multi-class, Jonathan Dieleman (S5SB4SM5) (RAPID) earned the silver medal in a time of 56.90.
With only two days left in the meet, there are still many events left to swim and many spots on the Pan Pacific Championships team left to claim. Best of luck to all swimmers on the final two days of competition!