No Canadian records were set on Friday morning in the second preliminary session of the 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport swimming championships, but the times were still fast and a number of meet records could be in jeopardy this evening.
On the women’s side, UBC’s Annamay Pierse, who established a new Canadian mark in the 100-metre breaststroke on Thursday, should have a run at the 200 breaststroke record while UQTR’s Jennifer Carroll may take down her own mark in the 50 butterfly.
In the men’s competition, UBC’s Callum Ng should test Chris Renaud’s 100 backstroke standard, and although Brad Creelman’s 1992 50 freestyle record of 22.01 should be safe, the men’s splash and dash should be one of the best in recent meets, as three men cleared the 23 second barrier Friday morning.
Following is a complete recap of Friday morning’s heats.
Women’s 100m Backstroke
In a replay of Thursday’s 50 back, the top two women to watch in Friday night’s final will be Calgary’s Hanna Kubas (1:02.61) and UQTR’s Jennifer Carroll (1:02.85). Carroll, the Canadian and CIS championship record holder in the 50 was victorious Thursday night but Kubas has the CIS top time of 1:00.87 in the 100 this year. The Dinos will be well represented in the final, as Kubas will be joined by teammates Katy Murdoch, Jessika Craig, and Jodie Murdoch.
Men’s 100m Backstroke
UBC’s Callum Ng (55.15) will again be chasing CIS history Friday night, as he goes after Chris Renaud’s 1997 CIS championship record of 52.55. He posted a time of 52.51 earlier this year at a World Cup event in Berlin. Other top qualifiers Friday morning were Laval swimmers Bruno Langlois (56.25), the silver medallist in the 400 IM Thursday night, and Vincent Boulanger Martel (56.61). Calgary’s Dan Langlois (56.08), the silver medallist in the 50 Thursday, was third and Guelph’s Scott Van Doormaal (55.78) should be a medal threat as well.
Women’s 50m Butterfly
CIS championship record holder Jennifer Carroll from UQTR was at it again, qualifying with a top time of 27.50. Her CIS meet record stands at 27.17 and she may have a go at the Canadian mark of 27.00 as well in the final. The battle for silver will be close, but look for UVIC’s MacKenzie Downing (28.55), who set a CIS championship record in the 100 Thursday night, and UBC’s Erin Miller (28.45), silver medallist in the 100, to possibly win the battle for second.
Men’s 50m Butterfly
Laval was the top team in men’s butterfly action again Friday morning, qualifying three athletes for the sprint final. 100 butterfly gold medallist, Nicolas Murray (24.91) of the Rouge et Or, was second behind Calgary’s Chad Hankewich (24.80), the former CIS championship record holder in the event. The hometown ‘Birds will have two representatives, including the silver medallist in the 100, rookie Rory Biskupski (25.42).
Women’s 400m Freestyle
In a rematch of Thursday night’s 200 freestyle, Laval’s Chanelle Charron-Watson (4:14.72), the victor, will again do battle against a pair of Dinos. Breanna Hendriks (4:15.78) and Kevyn Peterson (4:17.34), silver and bronze medallists in the 200, should give Charron-Watson, an Olympic hopeful in the event, all she can handle. UBC’s Tara Ivanitz (4:18.24) should also be in the medal mix.
Men’s 400m Freestyle
Hankewich, the 200 freestyle champion, garnered his second top seed of the morning, out-touching UBC’s Malcolm Lavoie 3:56.26 to 3:56.84 in the final heat of 400 freestyle action. They will be joined by fifth year veterans Willie Derban (3:57.72) of Calgary and UBC’s Aaron Blair (3:58.36) as the top seeds that should battle it out for a podium position Friday evening. The top eight swims Friday morning were the only ones under the four-minute barrier. Calgary will have four swimmers in the final.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke
The Annamay Pierse and UBC breaststroke show will continue Friday night. Pierse (2:28.57) leads a group of four top contenders from the T-Birds into the final that includes Martha McCabe (2:29.84), bronze medallist from the 100, Haylee Johnson (2:31.70), and her younger sister, Hanna (2:32.69). After setting a Canadian record last night in the 100, Pierse could be gunning for Nancy Sweetnam’s 1993 CIS championship record of 2:25.70. Calgary’s Taylor Peterson (2:31.92), silver medallist in the 100, will try and break up the hometown dominance and grab herself another podium position.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
OUA champion Marco Monaco, from Toronto, is the top seed heading into the final after a solid morning swim of 2:16.78. He claimed silver in the 100 Thursday night behind Calgary’s Chris Tobin (2:18.76) who finds himself in fifth heading into the final. In what should be a wide open final, Dinos Kyle Sorrenti (2:18.48) and Sam Acton (2:18.41), as well as Montreal’s Marc-Andre Duchesneau (2:17.99) all have a good chance of claiming the distance breaststroke crown.
Women’s 50m Freestyle
The top qualifier for the final was Laval’s Marie-Pier Ratelle, who finished over half a second ahead of the field with a time of 26.02. Two UBC fifth-years will be in the medal hunt, as Stephanie Nicholls (26.62) had the second fastest time of the morning and Oriana Cope (26.72) was fourth quickest. Calgary will have three swimmers fighting it out for the women’s title, led by second-year Pam Staratt (26.63).
Men’s 50m Freestyle
In what should be the most exciting 50 freestyle final in recent memory, Toronto’s Martyn Forde (22.75) leads a group that saw three men go under 23 seconds Friday morning. Joining Forde in that exclusive club are teammate, and fellow Barbadian Olympian, Terrence Haynes (22.79), and UQTR’s Pascal Anctil (22.98). The final will feature three rookies, Calgary’s Kelly Aspinall (23.11), and the UBC twosome of Tommy Gossland (23.17) and Stefan Mikuska (23.42).
Women’s 200m Butterfly
The second butterfly race of the day should see the same women battling it out for the 200 title as the 50. MacKenzie Downing of UVIC, who set a CIS championship record on her way to gold in the 100 Thursday night, leads all qualifiers with a time of 2:13.52. UBC’s Erin Miller (2:17.52), a former medallist in the event, should find herself in a battle with Montreal’s Chrystele Roy-L’Ecuyer (2:16.76) for the silver.
Men’s 200m Butterfly
A backstroke and butterfly specialist, Van Doormaal finds himself in his second final of the night after leading all swimmers with a 2:01.48 in the morning. UBC will have three swimmers in the final, with Biskupski (2:02.52) and Jordan Hartney (2:03.02), gold medallist in the 400 IM, as b favourites to pick up a medal in front of the home crowd. Teammate Erich Schmitt dropped over seven seconds from his entered time of 2:12.37 to squeak into eighth with a personal best finish, hitting the wall in 2:05.07
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