2019 Canadian Swimming Trials leads to six new Senior National team selections

Lauren Wilson
Apr 10, 2019

This past week our Dinos were able to show the nation what they had at the Canadian Swimming Trials held in Toronto. With three Senior National teams being selected off this meet, we managed to put at least one Dino on each. We had great swims and many medals over the course of the week. Here is a brief look at how the meet broke down.

Day 1

After the first day of racing the Dinos came out with two strong podium finishes. First, we had Rob Hill claiming bronze in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 55.32. Peter Brothers went on to take the win in the 800 Freestyle. On top of these two swims we also had two club records! The first of these was set by Aiden Luykenaar in the boys 15-year-old 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:23.40. The second was set by Gemma Norman in the Girls 15-year-old 100 backstroke at 1:05.49.

Day 2

With a great first day of racing behind us, the Dinos continued to place themselves into medal contention with a great morning. Our first medal of the night was picked up by Rachel Nicol in an ever so close race of the 100 Breaststroke. Her time of 1:07.94 gave her the bronze. Next up we had Tristan Cote in the 400 IM. With an incredible move at the 200 mark into the breaststroke, Tristan pulled away from the field and secured his 1st place finish. Tristan’s time of 4:17.85 put him under the FINA A standard and placed him onto the World Championship Team (Gwangju, South Korea)!

Day 3

The great swims just kept on rolling into day three as the Dinos picked up 3 more medals on the Friday night of racing. The first swimmer to grab hardware for the night was Rob Hill in 200 Backstroke tying for the bronze medal in a time of 2:00.20. Up next, we had Danica Ludlow with an incredible swim in the 400 Free picking up a bronze medal at 4:10.86. Although it was just over the FINA A standard this swim was good enough to place her on the Pan American Games team. Keeping the momentum of his team mates going, Peter Brothers followed suit and picked up a silver in the 400 Free in a time of 3:53.20.

Day 4

Our Dinos continued to swim hard into day four and weren’t going to go a night without taking home a medal. Stepping up to the plate was Rachel Nicol who clocked in at 31.23 which allowed her to pick up the silver in an ever so close 50 breaststroke race.

Day 5

With most meets, the last day is the toughest. It is a real challenge to stay fired up and bring the same energy to the pool. Our Dinos showed their grit as they proved nothing was going to get in their way. We had one of our best days picking up 3 medals and shattering 2 club records. Hannah Bennett started the morning off with a club record in girls 16-year-old 200 IM with a time of 2:20.30. Gemma Norman also raced her way to a new club record with a 26.51, breaking the girls 15-year-old 50 free. Moving into the last night of finals our senior Dinos were not to be out done by the great swims of the juniors. First up was Rob Hill just getting out touched to pick up the bronze in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:01.70. Stepping up next was Marit Anderson with an amazing negative split in the 800 Free to snatch the bronze in 8:42.35. Our last medal swim of the night was an incredibly tough fought battle by Peter Brothers. Peter brought home his last 100 faster than his first in the 1500 to take the gold in a time of 15:27.16. It was a great end to the night to an even better competition.

Recap

It was a great week of racing filled with 4 new club records and 11 medals. We also placed 6 swimmers onto senior national teams. On the World Champs team, we have Tristan Cote. On the Pan American Games team, we have Danica Ludlow. On the FISU games team, we placed 4 - Marit Anderson, Rob Hill, Peter Brothers and Anders Klein. Through the week, we showed the toughness and determination that marks us as Dinos. We look forward to finishing off the season with some more great swimming at all levels throughout the club!