Brittany MacLean caps Trials with national record


VICTORIA – Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., smashed the second longest-standing national women’s record on Saturday with a victory in the 800-m freestyle to highlight the last night of competition at the Canadian Swimming Trials.

MacLean clocked 8:24.91 seconds, eclipsing the previous mark of 8:27.59 set by Brittany Reimer of Victoria at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal.

MacLean and Tabitha Baumann of Ottawa – second in 8:32.37 – both went under the qualifying standard (the top-16 time at the FINA World Championships last year) to be nominated to the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific teams.

“I’ve done a lot of racing this year and I wasn’t sure how much my body would hold up,” said MacLean, 20, a triple champion this week. “I’m glad it did. To get the record is a huge accomplishment.”

Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria collected a third gold as well, winning the men’s 1,500-m freestyle – his main event – in 15:01.72, well under the qualifying standard.

“I wanted to come here and put up a fast time,” said Cochrane, looking to successfully defend his Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific titles this summer.

“It’s not where I want to be yet.”

Cochrane won’t settle for less than gold this summer.

“I’m looking forward to the Commonwealth Games because it was a dream of mine to compete at those Games since I was five,” he said. “The Pan Pacs is a big event for the swimmers and the competition will be tough.”

Three Canadian women went under the qualifying standard in the 200-m individual medley. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa completed a golden IM sweep clocking a personal best 2:12.26. Marni Oldershaw of Oakville, Ont., followed in 2:13.72 and Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian residing in Florida, was third in 2:13.78.

“I’m pretty pumped,” said Seltenreich-Hodgson, 18, now based at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver. “To get two titles this week is really exciting. To have three girls go under the standard is something. We are an IM country.”

Evan White of Oakville just missed notching a Canadian record in the men’s 200-m IM but still went under the qualifying standard with a personal best 1:59.84. The 18-year-old was 0.3 seconds under the Canadian record before heading into the final freestyle length.

“I was trying to break the record and I could hear the crowd,” White said while catching his breath. “It was a good swim.”

In the women’s 200-m fly, Katerine Savard of Montreal’s Club CAMO surprised herself with a victory in 2:07.61 while Audrey Lacroix of Club de natation des Piscines du Parc Olympique de Montreal followed in 2:08.84. Both Pont-Rouge, Que., racers went under the qualifying standard as they did in the 100-m butterfly on Friday which featured a national record for Savard.

“I don’t really believe I did that time,” said Savard, 20. “It’s really good for me.”

Victoria Poon of Montreal was first in the 50-m freestyle for her second win of the competition. Yuri Kisil of the Cascade Swim Club took the men’s 50-m freestyle in a personal best 22.53 for his second title this week. Zack Chetrat of Oakville, Ont., won the men’s 200-m butterfly.

Live results are available at

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!