Brittany MacLean, Ryan Cochrane Earn Free Wins; Josh Prenot Shines in 200 Breast

Ryan Cochrane of Canada in Kazan today - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Ryan Cochrane of Canada in Kazan today - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Brittany MacLean set her second national record at the Canadian Olympic Trials by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:56.94; Ryan Cochrane made the cut in the 400m free – and Ashton Baumann follows in his dad’s footsteps, the son of Alex Baumann, double Olympic medley champion of 1984, on the team for Rio with a 2:10 in the 200m breaststroke

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felix

Baumann another swimmer who has improved significantly since moving to Chris Nesbit

Craig Lord

Great job Chris does, fop – on many occasions (GBR should have kept its link with southport school)

aswimfan

Baumann.. isn’t that blast from the past.. 🙂

Based on the w200 free results, Canada w4x200 will final in Rio, an upgrade from 11th in the Kazan prelims, but won’t be good enough for medal.

After a long time, women 4×200 will be extremely competitive again, not for gold (which will be USA’s), but to get to final. Imo, USA, CHN, AUS will safely qualify to final, but after that it will be a blood bath and there could be a repeat of 2008 Beijing where pre-race favorites, GBR, was left stranded at 9th place in the prelims.
Italy and Sweden will have to use their best firepower, Pellegrini and Sjostrom and, just like in Kazan prelims, will put them in anchor just in case they need to make catch up and I think they will make final.
The Netherlands, who didn’t even send 4×200 team in Kazan, swam 7:52 yesterday.
I like their chances of making final in Rio. So, that’s 6 teams already, leaving CAN, JPN, GBR, BRA, and RUS to battle it out for the two positions in the final.

Dan smith

not sure the USA gets the gold in the 4x 200 free when there,s Britain, Australia and Japan in the mix. Even France.

After their trials Japan has one 1:45 guy ( hagino of course) who has split a 1:44 flying start, two 1:46 guys and one 1:47 guy.

After french trials France has three 1:46 guys and one 1:47 guy.

We have to wait till the Australian 200 free finals and the British and US trials to get a clearer picture.

aswimfan

Dan Smith,

I was talking about WOMEN 4×200
(which should be veryclear since I wrote “women 4×200” and then repeated with “w4x200”, and the subject event of this article is women 200 free and there is no men 200 free swum last night).

Dan smith

oops damn. I agree with you. The US will win the women,s 4×200 free relay but i,m not sure it will be competitive unless the Chinese girls all improve by like at least half a second before Rio.
If their top 2 from trials improve to 1:55 low to mid
The 14 year old improves to 1:56 low or 1:55 high
And their fourth place finisher dips below 1:57
Then I see China giving us ,an exciting race against the US.

I,m not sure we,ll see much from the Australian trials. Apart from emma McKeon and ” was it Bronte Barrat ” not much.

Dan smith

Are the Australian and Japanese FINALS being held at night to mimick the finals at the Rio Olympics?
Australia seems to have night finals. Not sure of the Japanese.

commonwombat

Not sure about JAP, but SAL seem to have made a “half-baked” effort by starting both heats and finals an hour or so later than usual. Its efficacy …..

With regards to the W4X200; USA have to be seen as prohibitive favourites but in more recent times; these relays have not always been the stroll in the park.

Kazan WAS somewhat of an aberration as it was a slow race overall, especially with regards to placings but in London, 2013 Worlds & 2014 Pan Pacs, USA was behind at the final change and it required the barnstorming anchor to seal the race.

These races often don’t play out as they would seem on paper but having said that, there just doesn’t appear to be any likely competition.

ITA were at or close to their max in Kazan. CHN is more a case of maybes than hard evidence. AUS have been the traditional competition but the depth at present just isn’t there.

aswimfan

Dan Smith,

Maybe I was not clear enough.
women 4×200 free will be competitive, EXCEPT for gold which would be USA’s to lose.

And then I elaborated what I meant by competitive is by how tough it will be for a dozen countries to qualify to final.

aswimfan

Dan Smith,

All finals of all countries finals so far (france, canada, Japan, Australia, eindhoven cup, china) have been held in the evenings, as have always been the case. Evenings = 7 pm onward.
It has always been that case.

Rio finals will be held at 10 pm, and NO country is mimicking Rio 10 pm finals.
Why?
Because it’s ridiculous.
And Rio Olympics organizing committee should be ashamed too that they surrendered to the demand by Comcast NBC, sacrificing all swimmers and give middle finger to their own citizens who put billions of tax payer money into hosting the Olympics.

aswimfan

AUS depth in w4x2 may not be as great as 2008-2013, but it’s still better than all countries not named USA and China.

Eugene Chc

there is a probability, that both Schmitt and Franklin will be overtrained. Than t will be very hard for Ledecky.

felix

Eugene, that’s nonsense & grossly underrating their coaches. Remember what happened in London? I do, they smoked everyone

paolo rubbiani

@Aswimfan: At Beijing2008, the swimming finals were held in the morning for the same reason: Usa prime time (9 pm ET), i.e. 3 am in Italy.
I don’t know if swimming the finals at 10 pm will be worse for the athletes. For me, in Italy, will change nothing: I will watch the swimming finals at 3 am like in 2008 (luckily will be August..) .

What a pity for a great talent like Taylor Ruck to have such a short-sighted scheduling (and training in my opinion): absolutely too many races (from 100 to 800 free, 100 and 200 back) for her, instead of focusing upon 2-3 events (100 and 200 free, the 200 back lone possible addition).
In swimming, having the right coach for one’s own characteristics makes a huge difference.

Eugene Chc

Bowman has afwul result with women, Schmitt was exception.
Schmitz, instead work on turns and underwater, greatly increased the volume of training.

Craig Lord

Yes, paolo, you wonder why when you look at that schedule of young Ruck.

On the Rio schedule, it will make a difference to folk getting to bed at 2-3am and being woken by noise from other athletes heading out of village at 7-8am (and yes, I imagine that will happen, no matter how often we’re told it won’t make a difference…that’s the nature of Olympic village – big and busy, which matters less if folk are on the move at the same time). With a media hat on, NBC’s colonialism spills to many other media platforms: print news is dead in Europe as far as these Games go… all online, the odd feature in the paper, football to the fore, as ever for all but those few weeks of the Games once every four years – once every 8 years this time round for European print media in terms of swimming coverage making it into newspapers in anything resembling timely fashion.

aswimfan

Paolo,
I know about Beijing, I watched it live. I was talking about the schedule of olympics trials.

aswimfan

Yes, Ruck’s Olympics trials schedule makes absolutely zero sense.

Even much more accomplished swimmers like Emily Overholt decided to drop 400 free (where she won Pan Am last year and has great chance to qualify in the trials) to concentrate on 400 IM.

Who usually decide which events to swim? 100% swimmer? coach? or both?

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