February 21, 2016
Swimming: Speedo Western Canadian Open
Swimming Canada – Kyle Troskot on comeback trail at Speedo Western Canadian Open
WINNIPEG- Kyle Troskot of Lethbridge, Alta., gained plenty of confidence on Sunday when he won the men’s 50-m freestyle at the Speedo Western Canadian Open swimming competition.
Troskot, did not compete last season in order to focus on his studies at the Texas A&M. This year he is taking straight aim to earn a berth on the Canadian Olympic team next month at Trials April 5-10 in Toronto.
On Sunday, Troskot clocked 23.37 seconds with David Hibberd of Calgary second in 23.46 and Andrew Poznikoff of Burnaby, B.C., third in 23.57.
“I was a little slow off the blocks and forced to come up from behind,” said Troskot, who didn’t take a breath in the race. “At this point in the season it was a good race and I’m where I want to be. It should put me in a good spot for trials.”
Troskot studied industrial distribution down south. Once school was completed pool he began training again.
“It was an opportunity to decompress and relax from the swimming world,” he said about his hiatus. “Since heavy training started in October I’ve gotten into great shape and feel really good in the water. I’ve got high hopes for the trials and today solidified that.”
Other winners in men’s competition Sunday were Wyatt Yarish of Calgary in the 200-m butterfly and Kier Maitland of Edmonton in the 1500-m freestyle.
Maitland won a close race in 15:44.26 with Eric Hedlin of Victoria second in 15:45.36. They are expected to battle for that second spot behind Ryan Cochrane at the Olympic trials.
“This was a pretty good preparation for the trials considering Eric is going to be one of my top rivals at trials,’’ said Maitland. ‘’I compared this race to where I was at last year and I’m on pace to do the best race of my career.’’
Winners in women’s competition were Jessie Gibson in the 200-m butterfly, Brooklynn Snodgrass of Calgary in the 50-m freestyle and Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., in the 200-m IM. Smith finished the meet with three gold medals.
In youth competition (16 and under for men and 15 and under for women) Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., added her meet leading seventh and eighth gold medals with victories in the 50-m freestyle and 200-m IM.
Full results: http://results.swimming.ca/2016_Speedo_Western/
By Louis Daignault for Swimming Canada