Katarina Roxon on track for a fifth Paralympics

Canadian Paralympic Committee

May 15, 2024

Routliffe and Bennett also meet ‘’A’’ qualifying standard


TORONTO (Swimming Canada) Katarina Roxon made history Tuesday at the Olympic & Paralympic Trials, Presented by Bell, while five other swimmers put themselves in position to make their Olympic debuts.


Roxon, a 2016 Paralympic champion from Kippens, N.L., swam an “A” qualifying time in the women’s 100-m breaststroke SB8. That qualifies her to be nominated to her record fifth Paralympic Team, most ever among Canadian female swimmers (subject to slot allocations of 15 women and seven men). 


The seven-day competition runs through Sunday at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, with the Canadian teams for Paris 2024 set to be announced officially at the end of the final evening. 


The 31-year-old veteran, who made her Paralympic debut at 15 in 2008, cleared the qualifying time of 1:26.66 by almost a full second, finishing second in the multiclass final in 1:25.71. 


“Honestly, it’s really exciting. I’ve had a very up-and-down last little bit since before Tokyo, so it’s really good to finally get to say I’m nominated to the team for Paris,” said Roxon, the 2023 world championships bronze medallist who represents the Aqua Aces Swim Club, but has been training with the Club de Natation Région de Québec in the lead-up to Trials.  


“It’s been great. It’s been a lot of fun, and through all the down moments, having this amazing high moment make it all worth it.” 

Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., who swims for the High Performance Centre – Quebec, won in a Canadian SB7 record 1:30.47, while Nicholas Bennett of Parksville, B.C., who represents Red Deer Catalina Swim Club, won the men’s 100 breast in a Canadian SB14 record 1:03.71. 

Both were also “A” qualifying times.


QUALIFIED FOR NOMINATION (“A” qualifying time): PARIS 2024 PARALYMPIC GAMES (after Day 2 of Trials)

Name Hometown Club Event(s)
Danielle Dorris Moncton, N.B. CNBO W 50 Fly S7
Tess Routliffe Caledon, Ont.  HPC-Quebec W 50 Fly S7 & 100 Breast SB7
Katie Cosgriffe Burlington, Ont. Oakville Aquatic Club W 100 Fly S10
Nicholas Bennett Parksville, B.C. Red Deer Catalina SC M 100 Breast SB14
Katarina Roxon Kippens, N.L. Aqua Aces Swim Club W 100 Breast SB9

Preliminary heats are 9:30 a.m. ET each day with finals sessions set for 6 p.m. ET.

All sessions are being streamed live by CBC Sports, with a nightly highlight show on CBC TV. Live streams can be watched on the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. All sessions will be also streamed on TOU.TV and Radio-Canada Sports platforms, with highlight shows broadcast Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 p.m. on ICI Télé. Highlights from the Trials will also be featured on CBC Sports’ weekend programming block on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. ET and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBC TV and CBC Gem. 

RESULTS: https://results.swimming.ca/2024_Olympic_Paralympic_Trials/ 

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