Mike Brown beats FINA A Olympic standard in preliminaries at CN Swimming Trials

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Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., put himself in an excellent position to be nominated for a second Olympic event on Thursday morning beating the FINA A standard in the men’s 200-metre breaststroke at the CN Swimming Trials.

Brown clocked two minutes and 13.13 seconds to better the 2:13.69 standard. The 2005 world championship bronze medallist can earn the Olympic spot with a top-two finish in Thursday night’s final.

Brown also qualified for the 100 breaststroke on Tuesday.

Mathieu Bois of Montreal was second in 2:15.89 and Matt Mains of Waterloo, Ont., third in 2:16.88.

Two other events were on the morning program but no standards were beaten.

Geneviève Saumur of Montreal, Julia Wilkinson of Toronto and Chanelle Charron-Watson of Gatineau, Que., were 1-2-3 in the women’s 200 freestyle.

Stefan Hirniak of Victoria, Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Mackenzie Leblanc of Vernon, B.C., were the top-three qualifiers in the men’s 200 butterfly.

The top-eight in the preliminaries qualify for tonight’s three finals.

In the Paralympic selection races, Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., and Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., delivered the top three performances in the men’s 200 individual medley prelims

In the women’s 200 IM prelims, Kirby Cote of Winnipeg, Chelsea Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., and Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal were top qualifiers.

Finals start at 6 p.m. at the Olympic Park Pool.

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