Tokyo 2020 Olympic Swimming Trials RECAP

DAY 2: Brooklyn Douthwright got Canadian Olympic Trials off to a start Sunday morning by going 1:59.12 in the preliminaries of the women’s 200m freestyle, a provincial record (ratification pending), followed up by a 1:59.78 in the evening final finishing 7th.

DAY 3: We had to reach the mid-way point (Day 3 out of 5) of the Trials to see Jacob Gallant (FAST) race, who touched the wall in 2:07.30 in the men’s 200m Individual Medley preliminaries finishing 16th overall. Brooklyn Douthwright opened things up with a new provincial record of 25.95 in the women’s 50m freestyle preliminaries, which should only last until the evening final where she was even faster, posting a 25.70 (not yet officially ratified).

DAY 4: On day 4, Jacob Gallant swam a 2:23.35 in the men’s 200m breaststroke event and finished 14th overall. Brooklyn Douthwright delivered another set of provincial records (once ratified), this time in the preliminaries (55.49) and the final (55.15) of the women’s 100m freestyle event finishing 8th.

DAY 5: In the morning session of the final day of the trials, Brooklyn Douthwright touched the wall in the preliminaries of the women’s 200m backstroke event in 2:14.99 securing her spot in the evening final. In her final event, she propelled herself to bronze with a lightning-fast time of 2:10.49, just 0.10 seconds over the Olympic A standard but annihilating her own provincial record from four weeks ago by 3.29 seconds. By this performance, she managed to level up medal-wise with NB fellow Jacob Gallant, who had just grabbed his bronze with an incredible finish (4:23.28) in the men’s 400 m Individual Medley final preceding Brooklyn’s race.

With only 2 New Brunswickers participating in the Trials, NB was able to capture 2 medals and 6 provincial records. Congratulations to Brooklyn & Jacob!

Swimming Natation Canada have announced Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Swimming Team and even if no NB swimmer made it to the Olympic team this year, hopes are high for the next edition of the Games, which is only three years ahead.

Last but not least, do not forget to cheer on Danielle Dorris (CNBO), who was nominated to the Canadian team for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games set to get under way on 24th August 2021.