Freestyle sprinter Craig Hutchison dropped his personal best time in the
men's 100 freestyle by almost 7/10ths of a second (from 50.83 to 50.14) at
the Olympic trials, an enormous amount, to qualify for his first Games.
He is the first swimmer from the Pointe-Claire Club since the late Victor
Davis in 1988 to make a Canadian Olympic squad.
Hutchison has earned a civil-engineering degree at Arizona State and a
bachelor of science at McGill and the University of Toronto. He is still at
the U of T studying geology.
Hutchison started swimming a Pointe Claire pool at age five but stopped
the sport six years at age 12. It was his older sister, Jennifer, a member
of the women's swim team at the University of Southern California, who
encouraged him to get back into the pool.
Men's 400-metre medley relay: Chris Renaud, Calgary; Morgan Knabe, Calgary; Michael Mintenko, Moose Jaw, Sask., and Craig Hutchison, Pointe-Claire, Que., were sixth in final.
Men's 50-metre freestyle: Craig Hutchison, Pointe-Claire, disqualified in heat for false start.
Men's 100-metre freestyle: Craig Hutchison, Pointe-Claire, Que., finished fifth in heat, eliminated.
Craig Hutchison, Pointe-Claire, Que.; Robbie Taylor, Brampton, Ont.; Rick Say, Salmon Arm; Yannick Lupien, Ste-Foy, Que., were fifth in heat, eliminated.
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