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'A' Cuts For Wilkinson, Morningstar & Hayden

Mar 30, 2012  - Craig Lord

Canadian Olympic trials, Montreal, day 4 finals

Julia Wilkinson added another race to her London 2012 roster with a 2:12.78 victory in the 200m medley at Canada's trials, silver and a second short medley ticket to the Games going to Erica Morningstar, on 2:12.99. 

Wilkinson led on butterfly and backstroke before Morningstar took the lead on breaststroke. The former sprint freestyler was then unable to resist Wilkinson's 31.18 victory lap.

The splits:

  • 28.79, 1:01.22; 1:41.60; 2:12.78 Wilkinson
  • 28.81, 1:02.29, 1:40.42, 2:12.99 Morningstar

The bronze went to Alexa Komarnycky in 2:13.88.

"Everyone talks about a rivalry between Erica and I," said Wilkinson through her federation.  "But we don’t see it that way.  We see it as helping each other to being the fastest in the world."

That will take a big sub-2:10 swim but for Morningstar the point for now was to get the domestic ticket. "The waiting is the hardest part but I’m glad it wasn’t on the last day," she said. "I’m glad it was today and that I’m on the team."

In other finals:

Men's 100m freestyle

World champion of 2007 and Commonwealth champion inside 48sec in 2010, Brent Hayden clocked 48.53 for a far out victory off a 23.02 split that left him 0.29sec inside the London 2012 cut with a ticket to a Games campaign.

The silver went to Richard Hortness in 49.21, bronze to Colin Russell in 49.69, with Thomas Gossland the last man inside 50sec on 49.98. The top four met national criteria for London 2012 but Canada must wait until June to find out if it has a 4x100 quartet among the best 16 teams in the world for a place in the London 2012 pool.

The champion, meanwhile, noted: "I’ve got something bigger in me but this was the fastest I’ve ever raced in mid-season. I was definitely trying to go out fast.  That’s what it’s going to take at the Olympics.  There’s no room for feeling out the field.  It’s just a question right now of racing more."

Women's 200m butterfly

Audrey Lacroix clocked 2:09.01 for victory just 0.06sec outside the FINA A cut and ahead of Katerina Savard, on 2:09.78, and MacKenzie Downing, on 2:10.37. Lacroix, as champion, will race at London 2012.

"I knew it was going to be a tight race," said Lacroix, 29, who only led in the closing strokes of the race. "I saw the times these girls were doing I knew if I was going to win that race it was going to happen in the last 50 metres.  I just remembered that my coach told me that no matter where you are in the last 50 to go my hardest."