Last opportunities tonight at Canadian Swimming Trials

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VICTORIA – Evan White of Oakville, Ont., will take aim at the two-minute barrier in the men’s 200-m individual medley final as the Canadian Swimming Trials conclude tonight in Victoria.

Saanich Commonwealth Place has hosted the four-day meet on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. The trials serve as the selection meet for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

Fans can follow every second of all the finals action via live webcast on Sportsnet.ca. The webcast begins at 5:45 p.m PT (8:45 p.m ET) each night of the four-day meet at http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/2014-canadian-swimming-trials/

The 18-year-old White will need to go at least 1:59.99 in the final in order to meet the qualifying standard to solidify a spot on those teams. He was the fastest swimmer in Saturday’s preliminaries clocking 2:00.60, well ahead of David Riley of Toronto.

Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane, meanwhile, will vie for a third national title this week in his best event, the 1500-m freestyle.

Other top qualifiers for the men in the prelims were Alec Page of Victoria in the 200-m butterfly and Kyle Troskot of Lethbridge, Alta., in the 50-m freestyle.

The top female qualifiers were Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., in the 200-m butterfly, Victoria Poon of Montreal in the 50-m freestyle and Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian now residing in Florida, in the 200-m IM.

Swimming Canada will announce the Pan Pac team, and nominate athletes for the Commonwealth Games, following tonight’s finals.
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Live results are available at:  https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014snctrials/??

Live webcast is available at: http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/2014-canadian-swimming-trials/

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