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Swimming Canada – TORONTO – Kylie Masse flirted with a world record while Markus Thormeyer broke a Canadian record that had stood for almost a decade in Wednesday’s finals at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Earlier in the day Para-swimmer Shelby Newkirk of Saskatoon swam a time of one minute, 19.99 seconds to break her own world record in the women’s 100-metre S7 backstroke.

Masse, who trains with Windsor Essex Swim Team, won the women’s 100-m backstroke in 58.16 seconds. That was 3/100ths faster than her morning swim and close to the world record of 58.0 seconds held by American Kathleen Baker.

“My two swims today gave me a lot of confidence and reassurance,” said Masse, the former world record holder. “I don’t think it’s been as easy training lately. It’s nice to see that time.”

Wrestling the world record back from Baker is one of Masse’s goals this summer.

“It’s something that’s always in the back of my mind and I’m striving for all the time,” said the 23-year-old world champion gold medallist. “I can’t control how fast other people go. I just have to stay in my lane and do what I can do.”

Thormeyer’s time of 53.35 seconds in the men’s 100-m back sliced .28 off the old Canadian mark set by Pascal Wollach in July 2009.

“It was a goal,” Thormeyer said about the Canadian record. “I don’t really like to place expectations on myself. I’m just trying to do the best I can. If the best I can is a new Canadian record, I’m happy with that.”

After setting a blistering pace in the morning, Newkirk was slower in the evening, swimming a time of 1:20.49.

“It’s been crazy, it’s been an awesome day,” said the Saskatoon resident. “To be able to break the record this morning was really exciting.

“I came back this afternoon, my race wasn’t quite as clean as it was this morning. I’m still happy with it.”

The top two finishers under the A standard in each Olympic event can earn selection to Team Canada for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. So far six swimmers have qualified. Joining Masse and Thormeyer are Taylor Ruck (100-m back); Sydney Pickrem and Kelsey Wog (200-m breaststroke); and Mackenzie Padington (women’s 1,500-m).

Ruck, who trains at the High Performance Centre- Ontario, was second in the backstroke in 58.55 seconds, putting her under the FINA A standard.

“That’s all I wanted to do,” said Ruck, who last year became the first Canadian to win five medals (one gold, one silver, three bronze) at a Pan Pacific Championships.

Pickrem won the 200-breast in 2:22.63. Wog was second in 2:22.82.

Pickrem’s best events are the 200 and 400-m individual medley events so earning her spot on the team on Day 1 was a relief.

“Those two events are really important for me to swim at worlds,” she said. “Getting on the team, now I can actually talk about it.”

Padington, of Campbell River, B.C., is hoping to qualify for four events at the world championships. The 1,500-m will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020, so Padington is still a pupil of the race.

“It’s a really new race for me,” she said. “I still have a lot of learning to do in it. I definitely think it can be a race excel in. I can carry speed and I think that will work in this race. “

In the evening’s other Paralympic program event, S13 swimmer Nicolas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City won the multi-class men’s 100-m backstroke in 59.93 seconds.

In the other Olympic program event, James Dergousoff of North Vancouver’s CHENA club won the men’s 200-m breaststroke in 2:12.33.

The trials, which end Sunday, have attracted 627 athletes (346 female, 281 male) representing 157 clubs. That includes international competitors from 21 countries: Algeria, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Preliminary heats begin at 9:30 a.m. each day, and finals start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are just $5 for preliminary sessions, $10 for finals. A full meet pass is available for $60, and children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.

In addition to coveted Team Canada spots at the FINA World Championships and World Para Swimming Championships, athletes will also be selected for the Pan American Games, Parapan American Games, FISU Summer Universiade and FINA World Junior Championships.

Live results available here: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Canadian_Swimming_Trials/?mc_cid=cbf95c0980&mc_eid=[UNIQID].

Webcast and full meet info here: https://www.swimming.ca/en/events-results/events/2019-canadian-swimming-trials/?mc_cid=cb