The racing was tight, ten swimmers added their names to the world championships roster for Canada, there was new prospect aplenty but the second evening of action in Victoria fell shy of producing any performance that could be described as a podium challenger come high summer in Barcelona.
Day 1 saw 14 qualify, now there are 24 names (plus the likelihood of Ryan Cochrane, top of the heap over 800m free so far this year but yet to race the 1500m at trials) on the roster for action in Spain, where the Catalan capital will host the FINA showcase from July 19 to August 4.
There were tickets for Tera Van Beilen, of Oakville, Ontario, and Richard Funk, of Edmonton, in the 100m breaststroke finals. Alexa Komarnycky, of Victoria, and 17-year-old Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, of Ottawa, among women and Alec Page, of Victoria, while Canada booked teams into the 4x100m free events.
Van Beilen took the 100m breaststroke in 1:08.15, the minor spoils going to Chelsey Salli, on 1:08.95, and Jillian Tyler, 1:08.99 after 1:08.91 in heats. That locked out Ashley McGregor,
1:09.38, and Olympic team member Martha McCabe, who swam 1:08.99 in heats but 1:09.83 in the final.
Funk, 20, clocked 1:01.21 in the 100m breaststroke at Olympic trials a year ago and this year booked a ticket to Barcelona with a best time of 1:00.87 (off 28.28). In the medals but locked out of world-titles action were Jason Block and Warren Barnes, on 1:01.91 and 1:02.37 respectively.
Komarnycky was delighted to have made the grade in the long medley, her 4:41.65 granting her access to the big meet of the summer a year after she missed the 400IM cut for London 2012, where she raced in the 800m free. She trailed Seltenreich-Hodgson by just over a second after breaststroke before bringing the race back harder than the teenager for victory, the silver medal claimed in 4:42.71, another ticket punched and a senior career in international waters about to begin. The bronze went to Marnie Oldershaw, 18, in 4:47.29.
Page, 19 took the 400m medley in 4:18.06, leading from start to finish on the way to a time close to his yes of 4:17.78 from a year ago at Olympic trials. The podium was completed by Luke Reilly, 17, on 4:22.36, and Will Brothers, 18, on 4:23.66.
Brent Hayden, former world champion and Olympic podium placer in the 100m free, tweeted "100m Free at @SwimmingCanada #WorldTrials today! Who's going to step up?" His mantle is yet to pass. Canada will have both men and women's teams in the 4x100m free at world titles this summer but the solo times are not competitive and the relays are still well shy of the pace they would need if they have medals on their mind.
In the women’s final, Poon took the crown in 55.31, just 0.01sec ahead of Sandrine Mainville, with Chantal Van Landeghem and Samantha Cheverton 55.35 and 55.67, Paige Scultz on 55.69 in fifth. In the men’s final, Joel Greenshields claimed gold in 50.36, Tommy Gossland in 50.50, Hassan Abdel-Khalik on 50.57 and Luke Peddie, 19, on 50.62.
The backstroke dash finals, non-qualifying events, went to Sinead Russell, 19, in 28.27, and Charles Francis, on 26.08.
Canada's team for Barcelona 2013, after day 2 at trials