MONTREAL (ISN) – Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., showed why he is pre-qualified for the Games with a super sharp performance in the 100-metre freestyle preliminary race on Friday morning at the Olympic swimming trials presented by RBC.
Hayden, the 2007 world champion, clocked a sizzling 48.68 in his 2012 trials debut. Richard Hortness of Medicine Hat, Alta., followed in 49.27 and Colin Russell of Burlington, Ont., a 2008 Olympic team member, was third in 49.37. Also on the line tonight are qualifying and spots for the 4X100 freestyle relay.
With his silver medal at the world championships last year, Hayden pre-qualified for the London Games but still needs to solidify that nomination in tonight’s final.
In the women’s 200 butterfly, Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., bounced back from a subpar performance in the 100 fly earlier this week with the fastest qualifying time at 2:11.25. MacKenzie Downing of Whitehorse was second in 2:12.00 and 16-year-old Noemie Thomas of Vancouver third in 2:12.89. Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, already nominated in the 100 fly, followed in fourth.
In the women’s 200 IM, Canadian record holder Erica Morningstar of Calgary was the fastest qualifier in 2:14.27 followed by Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., in second at 2:15.50 and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa third in 2:15.79.
In the Paralympic prelims, Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., upset world record holder Benoit Huot of Montreal for the fastest qualifying time in the men’s 100 freestyle. Stein finished in a personal best 54.76 just ahead of Huot who clocked 55.47.
In the women’s 200 IM, triple Paralympic champion Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal topped the prelim standings followed by quadruple world champion Summer Mortimer of Hamilton and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
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