It was a record-setting few days in the pool for Tsawwassen’s Markus Thormeyer.
Thormeyer cruised to his fourth victory in as many races Saturday night at the Canadian swimming trials in Toronto winning the 200-metre freestyle in a personal best one minute, 47.60 seconds. He previously had won the 100-m freestyle plus the 100-m and 200-m backstroke. His 100 back was a Canadian record and two other times were personal bests.
It’s the first time a male swimmer has won these four events at one Canadian trials.
“That was my last race, it feels good to cap it off with another win,” said the 21-year-old. “I have trained for all of this. It feels great to see improvements in all these races.”
Two of Thormeyer’s teammates at the HPC also swam qualifying times for the 4×200-m freestyle relay at this summer’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.
Alexander Pratt was second in 1:48.74 while Carson Olafson was fourth in 1:49.59. Jeremy Bagshaw was third in 1:49.03.
“A big part of relays is you’re not swimming for yourself, your swimming for your team and your country,” said Thormeyer. “So, when you train with these guys, every day watching them push themselves to the max in the pool, when you’re on a relay with them, I want to swim fast for them. I don’t want to let them down.
“I want to do great. I want this relay to do great. I want to walk around proud of myself and this team with these boys here.”