Canadian Swimming Trials - Day 3 Report

05 April 2019 (Toronto, ON) - Day 3 was a big day again for the Cascade Swim Club. Not only did we have more best times, more great swims, and a few more medals we also got one of our swimmers on to the World Championships team.

The races last night started out with the 100m butterfly (para) where we had Morgan Bird who is vying for a spot on both the para World Championships team and the para Pan American games team. In the prelims Morgan swam a 1:24.61 before dropping 8/10ths to a 1:23.83 at night where she finished 5th overall.

Next was the 200m backstroke and Ella Varga, who has been on fire all weekend long, swam another great swim in the “B” final of her event. In the prelims Ella equaled her personal best almost to the 100th with a 2:16.16 swim in the morning which put her in a decent position in the “B” final. At night Ella swam a nock-out race taking another three full seconds off of her lifetime best to get down to 2:13.63 finishing third in the “B” heat. Comparing the splits below you can see that the difference maker was those last two 50’s where she came back in great form, narrowly missing the World Junior team standard.

Prelims: 31.76, 1:06.00, 1:41.39, 2:16.16

Finals: 31.83, 1:05.40, 1:39.91, 2:13.63

In our men’s final Cascade had two swimmers in the water with Sebastian Somerset and Cole Pratt. Both swimmers had already medalled earlier this week in previous backstroke events with Somerset taking the bronze in the 50m backstroke last night and Pratt taking a silver in the 100m event on the first night. In the prelims Sebastian was 2:02.78 Cole qualified in 5th in a 2:00.92. At night Sebastian dropped a second from that morning swim time to get to 2:01.81 ending up the top-ranked junior-eligible swimmer in 7th place overall for World Juniors selection.

Wait a second, you say, if Sebastian was the top junior in the field what happened to Cole? Well, Cole had the swim of career so far. Pratt took it out in 27.68 at the 50 to lead the field through the first length only to be caught by Thormeyer at the 100m mark. Markus was 57.38 to Pratt’s 57.94. Thormeyer put down a 29.66 third 50 compared to Cole’s 30.26 which widened the gap at the 150m mark. On the last 50, just like last summer at the junior pan pacs, Cole turned to see the clock and see exactly where he was at - 1:28.20 (behind Thormeyer by a little over a second but close enough to to know one of those two team spots was still up for grabs) - He killed it on the last 50. 29.87, closing the gap on Markus by a half-second but not quite getting there. Thormeyer was 1:57.42, just 8/100ths over the Canadian record with Pratt’s final time a 1:58.07 - a silver medal, NAG 15-17 record and spot on this summer’s World Championships team in South Korea! Cole joins a long list of homegrown talent from the club who have gone all the way trough to the senior national team. Pratt is our first “Swim School” grad to make it all the way to this level having started with the program back in the fall of 2007 as a little fish in Swim School 2 at 5 years of age.

Cascade’s final race of the night came from Morgan Bird who swam the 400m freestyle. In prelims Morgan was 5:27 and here in the finals she dropped a second and a half from that to get down to 5:26.12 for the bronze. Morgan who has not been racing this event internationally much over the last few years has recently added it back into her program where she is vying for a spot on to Canada’s team for the para World Championships and para Pan American Games.

Earlier in the day during the time trials session Cascade saw a couple of swimmers lay down some personal bests with both Ellie Maradyn and Isabelle Roth kicking out best time efforts in the 100m butterfly in 1:06.16 and 1:07.27 respectively; Matt Ketchin dropped nearly a full second in the same fly event to crack the minute mark for the very first time with a 59.82 effort.

There was plenty more excitement at the pool in a number of other events and you can tune in to watch and listen at either RecTecTV.ca (prelims & finals) or CBC.ca (finals) each and every day.