TORONTO - The Canadian swimming trials started and ended with a bang for the Para swimmers. Shelby Newkirk of Saskatoon broke a world record on morning of day one and Aly Van Wyck-Smart of Toronto capped the event on Sunday evening with another world mark.
Van Wyck-Smart shattered the SM2 world record in the 150-m individual medley by more than six seconds (4:50.33). “It feels amazing,” said Van Wyck-Smart. “I’m pretty happy with my whole meet. But this is very exciting, I can’t believe it. It’s a great sign for the upcoming months.”
Newkirk’s time of 1:19.99 lowered her own all-time best in the women’s 100-m backstroke S7 event. “To be able to break it in prelims is really exciting. I think it was a good race and all the technical things I’m working on came into play.”
The Canadian teams for Para swimming worlds and Parapan American Games were announced after the meet. The world team includes Aurélie Rivard, Tess Routliffe and Nicolas-Guy Turbide.
The 18-member world team list can be found here: https://www.swimming.ca/en/news/2019/04/07/world-record-falls-world-para-swimming-championships-team-named-on-final-night-of-canadian-trials/