COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rising sophomore Connor Isings and incoming freshman Ruslan Gaziev started out the summer championship season on a high note at the Canadian Swimming Trials on Wednesday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
Gaziev, from Toronto, Ontario, finished the 200 LCM free preliminary in fifth with a career-best time of 1:50.80, shaving off 1.3 seconds from his previous best. In the finals, Gaziev placed sixth overall with a time of 1:50.61, improving on his time from earlier in the day.
Isings, a native of Beaconsfield, Quebec, posted a time of 1:02.70 in the 100 LCM breaststroke prelim for a third of a second improvement on his previous personal best and an eighth-place finish. Moving on to the finals, Isings claimed sixth at a time of 1:02.84.
Both Isings and Gaziev continue competition at the Canadian Swimming Trials over the next four days, aiming for a spot on Team Canada at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Gaziev will race in the 100 LCM free preliminary on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET, with the final to follow at 8 p.m. Isings will next swim in the 200 LCM breaststroke prelim on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, and the final follows at 8 p.m.