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Swimming Canada – BUDAPEST – The men’s and women’s 4×100-metre relays progressed to finals, and Sydney Pickrem, Penny Oleksiak, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, and Richard Funk qualified for semifinals at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

The women’s relay qualified fifth after Sandrine Mainville, Michelle Toro, Rebecca Smith, and Kayla Sanchez swam the relay in 3 minutes 35.84 seconds.

“We’re definitely looking for a medal tonight. I think we can be in the mix for a silver or gold, nobody knows. It’s going to be exciting,” said Mainville.

The men squeaked into the finals in eighth place with a 3:14.88 from Yuri Kisil, Markus Thormeyer, Javier Acevedo, and Carson Olafson.

“We made the final and that’s what matters. We have a lane to race with tonight,” said Kisil. “There’s nowhere to go but up. We all have room to improve and if we do that we have a good shot at moving up.”

Pickrem is going into tonight’s semifinal ranked second in the 200-m individual medley. Her time of 2:10.14 was behind only Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu.

“It was one of my better morning swims I’ve ever had. It’s not what I want to do in the end, but I was just looking to get a good spot in semis. Going in in a middle lane will be nice,” said the 20-year-old.

Hosszu, the hometown favourite and world record holder, received the loudest cheers of the morning from the boisterous crowd in Budapest.

“You’ve got to use it. It was incredible hearing the amount of excitement in there. You need to take it like they’re cheering for you.” said Pickrem.

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver also qualified for the 200-m IM in 10th after a morning swim of 2:11.67.

Oleksiak progressed to a semifinal ranked fifth in the 100-m butterfly, after finishing second in her heat in 57.51. The 17-year-old captured a silver medal in this event at last year’s Olympics in Rio.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que. finished just outside the semifinals in 18th place after a time of 58.71.

Funk, who trains at HPC – Ontario, qualified 14th in the 100-m breaststroke. It was the 24-year-old’s first time under the one minute barrier and only 0.04 off Scott Dickens’ Canadian record time of 59.85 set in 2009.

“It felt really good. I felt strong the whole day. I knew the guys on either side of me were going to be fast.” he said. “I’m just going to go in there and try to improve. There are a couple things I know I can improve from this morning. I want to come in and execute another good race.”

National team rookies Mary-Sophie Harvey and Mackenzie Padington finished 11th and 12th in the 400-m freestyle in 4:09.74 and 4:09.88.

HPC – Victoria swimmer Jeremy Bagshaw swam a personal best of 3:48.82 in the 400-m freestyle, good for 16th place.

Josiah Binnema finished 37th in the 50-m fly. The national team rookie equaled his best time of 24.50.

Finals at the FINA World Championships in Budapest begin at 11:30 am ET and will be streamed live by CBC at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/aquatics

Full results are available at http://omegatiming.com/Competition?id=000111010AFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&day=1