Ryan Cochrane beats FINA A standard in 1,500 freestyle prelims at CN Swimming Trials

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Ryan Cochrane of Victoria bettered the FINA A qualifying standard by almost two seconds in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle to highlight Saturday morning’s preliminaries at the CN Swimming Trials at the Olympic Park Pool.

Cochrane, 19, clocked 15 minutes and 11.32 seconds and needs only a top-two finish in Sunday’s final to earn an Olympic nomination in a second event.

He qualified earlier this week in the 400 freestyle.

In the women’s 200 breaststroke, Canadian record holder Annamay Pierse of Edmonton neared the FINA A standard clocking 2:28.36 with Jillian Tyler of Calgary second in 2:30.05. They were Canada’s two Olympic qualifiers in the 100 breaststroke earlier this week.

In the women’s 100 freestyle, Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., already qualified for four events (the 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle and 4X200 freestyle) is seeded first for the final clocking 55.64 this morning. Canadian record holder Erica Morningstar of Calgary followed in 55.85.

In the men’s 200 backstroke, Keith Beavers of Orangeville, Ont., clocked first in 2:01.41 followed by Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., in 2:01.67 while in the men’s 100 butterfly, Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., and Adam Sioui of ranked 1-2. Bartoch is chasing his first Olympic nomination.

In the Paralympipc selection races, the top qualifiers from the morning prelims were Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C., in the women’s 50 butterfly as well as Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., and Kirby Cote of Winnipeg in the men’s and women’s 100 butterfly respectively.

Finals start at 4 p.m. today and will be carried live on SRC and CBC television.

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