Peterson qualifies for Olympic Games
WINNIPEG (CP) -- Tim Peterson of Vancouver qualified for the Olympic Games in finishing second in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle race Sunday at the Summer Nationals swimming competition.
A total of 39 swimmers -- 20 men and 19 women -- have qualified for the Canadian Olympic team, 12 more than in 1996. In 1996, there were only eight men.
Andrew Hurd of Toronto, who had previously qualified for the Games at the Olympic trials in June, won the 1,500 in 15 minutes 23.25 seconds.
Peterson, a 1998 Commonwealth Games team member, was second in 15:25.09 seconds, beating the 15:26.05 standard. It was a personal best by 11 seconds.
"I was pretty down about not making the team initially at the Olympic trials," said Peterson, a 21-year-old engineering student. "I came here not too sure what to expect.
"I was pretty surprised with tonight's the time. I can't believe I'm going to the Olympics."
Marianne Limpert of Fredericton won the women's 200 individual medley, her third gold of the meet. Limpert clocked 2:14.82, less than one-half second off her silver-medal time at the 1996 Olympics.
Canadian record holder Joanne Malar of Hamilton was second in 2:15.43 and Julia Russell of South Africa third in 2:19.23.
"It was important for to get a good (race) in and I did," said Limpert, who also won the 50 and 100 freestyle.
"Now I need to do some fine tuning and get some rest. It's been a bit crazy for me lately with training and promotional opportunities. I need to get back into a routine and settle things down."
Craig Hutchison of Pointe-Claire, Que., who already had qualified for the Games in two relays, earned an individual swim at the Games by winning the men's 100 freestyle in a personal best 50.07.
Canadian record holder Yannick Lupien of Aylmer, Que., was second in 50.54 and Thomas Kindler of Montreal was third in 50.70.
"I had two goals in mind at this meet," said Hutchison. "One was to go under the qualifying standard and the other to break the Canadian record (49.94). I fell a little short on the second one, but I'm still pleased."
Other winners in the men's competition were Mark Versfeld of Vancouver in the 100 backstroke and John Stamhuis of Victoria in the 200 breaststroke.
Other winners among the women were Jennifer Button of Waterloo, Ont., in the 100 butterfly, Jessica Deglau of Vancouver in the 200 freestyle and Kelly Stefanyshyn of Winnipeg in the 200 backstroke.