Island Swimming is the host club as the Canadian Swimming Trials return to Saanich Commonwealth Place from April 2-5. The trials, which will serve as the selection meet for the Commonwealth Games, take place on the 20-year anniversary of the Games taking place in the same pool in Victoria, Australian Kieren Perkins using the occasion to take down the 1500m freestyle world record with a 14:41.66 victory on the way to world 400 and 1500m titles that same year in Rome.
Canada’s own distance ace, Ryan Cochrane, the Olympic and World Championship medallist, will seek a place on a team that will grant him a shot at defending the 400 and 1500m Commonwealth crowns he won in Delhi four years ago.
Swimming Canada will also be selecting its senior national team for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, as well as multiple junior teams, at the meet in Victoria.
For Cochrane, the venue means home: he will be joined by Island teammates Hilary Caldwell, Eric Hedlin, Alec Page and Will Brothers in the hunt for squad places for the major international meets in Glasgow and the Aussie Gold Coast.
Look too to the likes of Brittany MacLean, Martha McCabe, Katerine Savard and Noemie Thomas to provide fast times.
In total 503 swimmers from 104 clubs are expected to compete, including swimmers from nine Canadian provinces and visiting athletes from Ireland, Israel, Slovenia and Hungary.