Earlier this month, three Thunderbolt swimmers — Sam Chisholm, Emma Schlyter, and Kaitlyn Luu — travelled to Toronto to compete in the Canadian Swimming trials. The top elite swimmers from across Canada compete at this prestigious event where swimmers are vying for selection to swim on the world stage.
“As a coach, it is a great pride to have swimmers participate in the most important competition of the Canadian season and even more satisfying to see our swimmers participate in the finals, making a great effort to improve their rankings and be among the top 8 in the event,” said proud coach Roman Ramirez.
Schlyter competed in the 400 IM qualifying for the B final and finishing 7 th. Chisholm qualified for Junior A finals in the 200 IM and 400 IM along with qualifying for B finals in the 200 Fly. He finished 3rd in the 400 IM, 4th in the 200 IM and 10th in the 200 Fly. Luu qualified for finals in her 200 fly where she came 4th in the Junior final category.
“It was such a great experience swimming at my first Canadian Trials and an honour to get to swim alongside Olympians” said an excited Chisholm. “My favourite event was the 400 IM. Summer McIntosh broke a world record in the heat just before my final. The roar of the crowd and excitement in the venue definitely pumped me up. I am also excited to have achieved 2 senior national times and a senior trials time ensuring that I can compete at this level next season while attending university.”
“I wasn’t honestly happy with the result of the meet” reflected Schlyter. “However, I understood it was needed to see where we are right now and how we need to attack the rest of the season. It was also an incredible opportunity to be witnessing history in our sport. Much more work to do on my end, but that’s welcomed. “
The Thunderbolts are continuing to train hard for the Upcoming May Grand Prix hosted by our club in Thunder Bay.