Masse, Oleksiak & Pickrem Lead Canadian Charge On World-Title Tickets In Victoria

The relief of making the cut: Sydney Pickrem - by Scott Grant, courtesy of Swimming Canada

The first point of trials and any world-titles follow-up to fine progress for Canada in the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was clear: making the team. In that sense, day 2 at nationals in Victoria could hardly have gone better. In whirlwind summary, Penny Oleksiak, Olympic champion, led five onto the squad in the two-lap battle that built the 4x100m free quartet; Sydney Pickrem and Mary-Sophie Harvey booked tickets in the 400IM, while Sarah Darcel and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, in third and fourth respectively, were also inside target time; Kylie Masse just missed her Canadian record in the 50m back for the helm of the early 2017 world rankings and drew Ingrid Wilm inside cut within her; Yuri Kisil backed up with his second stamp of the day inside 49 in the 100 free (but no instant cigar for the relay as things stand); Rachel Nichol and Richard Funk climed aboard for Budapest and the world titles in July in the 100m breaststroke finals. And then there were 13 through the gate today as Tristan Cote stopped the clock a hand to the good in the 400IM. Breath out.

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