In three years, Rick Say has gone from beginner to Olympic team member.
He erased one of Canada's most historic swims from the record book to
qualify for his first Olympic Games at trials in late May. In the men's
400 freestyle, Say clocked 3:49.99 to eclipse the 3:50.49 established by
Peter Szmidt of Pointe-Claire in 1980. It was the oldest record in the
books at the time. Szmidt had also set the mark at an Olympic trials back
in July 1980 which determined a team that didn't go to Moscow because of
the Olympic boycott. It was also a world record at the time which stood
for 18 months.
"I don't know if mine will last 20 years because we have some depth in the
event after not being strong for several years," said Say. "I think I'll
have to set it to another barrier to keep it."
Say also broke the Canadian record in the men's 200 freestyle at the spring
nationals in March. He'll race that event and the 4X100 and 4X200 freestyle
relays at the Olympics.
Men's 800-metre freestyle relay: Mark Johnston, St. Catharines, Ont.; Brian Johns, Richmond, B.C.; Michael Mintenko, Moose Jaw, Sask.; Rick Say, Salmon Arm, B.C.), were seventh in final.
Men's 200-metre freestyle: Rick Say, Salmon Arm, B.C., was seventh in final.
Rick Say, Salmon Arm, B.C., finished third in semifinal heat, advanced to final
Rick Say, Salmon Arm, B.C., placed sixth 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.
Rick Say qualifies for the finals
Canadians cheer on Yannick Lupien
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