April 8, 2019
08 April 2019 (Toronto, ON) - The last day of the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials came to a conclusion with Cascade finding itself front and centre in team selection for a number of events. Spots on the Senior World Championship team, the Junior World Championships team and for Cascade the para World Championships team were all being named last night - but, before we get to that part of the show - the races we had yesterday.
Our first race of the night was an all-out battle of the Rocky Mountain trio: Rob Hill, UCSC; Finlay Knox, MAVS; and our own Cole Pratt in the 200m IM. The Alberta trinity were led by Pratt who had qualified first in the prelims with a lifetime best of 2:02.11 followed very closely by Knox and Hill in 2:02.44 and 2:02.21 respectively. Knowing full well that they would have to try and put down something special to get down to the FINA “A” cut of 2:00.22 the three went out hard and pushed each the whole way. Cole was out first in 26.22 on the fly which he followed up with a 29.98 split on the backstroke for a 56.20 first 100, which is actually under Canadian (senior) record splitting. Cole turned a full second ahead of the field at the halfway point which was ate up pretty quickly by strong breaststroke legs from both Knox and Hill. At the 150m mark Hill turned first in 1:32.20 to Pratt’s 1:32.30 and Knox’s 1:32.49 - the three amigos all separated by less 3/10ths of a second. It came down to the freestyle and the three of them went literally stroke for lung-bursting stroke the entire last 50m. Final times and placing at the wall were Hill in 3rd, 2:01.70; Cole taking silver in 2:01.51 and Knox winning his first ever national championships in 2:01.30. All three swimmers went lifetime best times for the Alberta sweep.
In the 50m freestyle event for para Morgan Bird solidified her spot on the team for the summer with her silver medal winning performance in 32.30 seconds.
Earlier in the day we had a few time trial swims:
Ella 50 free 27.39
Matt 200 IM 2:10.97
Izzy 50 free 28.05
The big news - our swimmers named to represent Canada later this summer. Morgan Bird, as we just mentioned above, was named to the para team competing the World Para Swimming Championships later this fall - location still TBD; Sebastian Somerset was named to the World Junior team that will compete in Budapest at the end of August; Cole Pratt was named to Canada’s team for both the World Championships in Gwangju and the World Juniors in Budapest; and, coach Dave Johnson was named coach the World Juniors and, for the first time in 15 years, coach to the senior Canadian team at world championships.
It was a great accomplishment by all of our named swimmers and coaches and a great weekend for everyone who competed. A special shout out to our Morgan Bird who has now moved on to the para swimming High Performance Centre in Montreal where she will finish her prep of the worlds and then on to the Tokyo 2020 paralympic games.
You can check out all the results here: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Canadian_Swimming_Trials/