Breaststroke battle resumes at Canadian Swimming Trials

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VICTORIA – After an exceptional battle in the women’s 200-m breaststroke final Wednesday, more of the same is expected in the 100-m Thursday night at Canadian Swimming Trials.

The women’s 100-m breaststroke line-up will feature 200-m breaststroke winner Tera Van Beilen of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre-Vancouver and Ashley McGregor of the Pointe-Claire (Que.) Swimming Club who ranked third and fourth in prelims this morning.

They can expect a fierce battle from top-two qualifiers Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge Swimming and Brownwyn Pasloski of the Cascade Club in Calgary.

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/

Other top qualifiers for the women Thursday morning were two-time Olympian Victoria Poon of the Club de natation des Piscines du Parc Olympique de Montréal in the 100-m freestyle, Emily Overholt of the West Vancouver Otters in the 400-m individual medley and Paige Miller of Caledon, Ont., in the 50-m backstroke.

On the men’s side, Russell Wood of Cascade and Richard Funk of Edmonton vie for second national titles after qualifying first in the 50-m backstroke and 100-m breaststroke. Other top qualifiers were Yuri Kisil of Cascade in the 100-m freestyle and Alec Page of Victoria in the 400-m IM.

Competition continues through to Saturday.  Morning heats begin at 10 a.m. each day, with evening finals sessions at 6 p.m.? ?Live results are available at https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014snctrials/?

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