Sylvan Lake swimmer nabs Olympic Trial time

Matthew Gauthier, 20, reached a qualifying time in the 50 metre breast stroke earlier this month

Matthew Gauthier’s Thompsons Rivers University WolfPack headshot. Photo Submitted.

A Sylvan Lake native swam his way to an Olympic Trial time in White Rock, B.C. earlier this month.

Matthew Gauthier, 20, reached a qualifying time in the 50 metre breast stroke at the PSW Winter Invitational, although he says he will not be going to the Olympic Trials in Toronto, Ont. for the event in the spring.

“The event I qualified in isn’t offered at the Olympic Trials because it is not an Olympic event,” said Gauthier, adding the time qualifies him for trials next year, which qualifies him for Worlds.

At the meet he captured the silver medal in 100 metre free as well as two bronze medals in the 50 metre free and the 100 metre breast.

“It felt really good,” said Gauthier of achieving the feat in the 50 metre breast stroke. “I’ve never even made like Nationals or anything in swimming like that, so like I guess just jumping right past my National time and getting that Olympic Trials time was really exciting.”

He added he is expected to make the time in the 100 metre breast stroke in the coming month before the Olympic Trials.

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack swimmer says his goal was to qualify for U Sports and will continue to be his goal heading to his next meet, which is Provincials.

In some events the U Sports time is faster than the trial time and sometimes it is the other way around depending on the event, he explained, which is why he didn’t hit the U Sports time despite getting an Olympic Trial time.

A veteran to Provincials, Gauthier is going to continue his regular training and add a little extra work in the gym between practices.

He is looking to see how much he can improve on his 100 metre breast stroke with the aim of bringing it to a trial time.

Additionally, Gauthier also wants to improve on his 100 metre free as a way to add more trial times in addition to the 50 metre breast stroke.

“It’s unlikely for I guess anybody to make the Olympic team unless you’re actually like selected or expected to do it,” said Gauthier of whether or not the trial times will help land him in Tokyo this summer.

Fellow Sylvan Laker Tyler Gauthier also clinched a medal at the meet in White Rock when he won a bronze in the 200 metre butterfly.

The Thompson Rivers WolfPack placed 11th in team competition at the PSW meet.

Swimming

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer gets $7M from province for an emergency 24/7 homeless shelter

Councillor says the location will be decided through community consultations

‘Finer focus on job creation:’ Alberta government files red-ink budget

EDMONTON — The Alberta budget is counting on oil and gas bouncing… Continue reading

WATCH: Tabling of the 2020 Alberta budget

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to reveal the provincial budget at… Continue reading

VIDEO: Grumpy sea lion resists help back to water in Washington state

Crews were able to coax her into a crate to carry her back to water

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Granlund beats buzzer, scores in OT as Preds beat Flames 4-3

Predators 4 Flames 3 (OT) NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators gambled that… Continue reading

Ministers wrap pipeline talks with hereditary chiefs for the day in B.C.

SMITHERS, B.C. — The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en sat down Thursday… Continue reading

Gardening: Taking a break from the winter

Looking for a break from winter and dream of summer without leaving… Continue reading

Ottawa imposes new rules to protect fragile population of right whales

HALIFAX — Canada has rolled out new measures to protect the critically… Continue reading

Canada pumps nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage into waterways since 2013

OTTAWA — Canada’s old-fashioned city sewer systems dumped nearly 900 billion litres… Continue reading

Federal government in good financial shape, provinces not so much: PBO

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals could add billions of dollars in spending… Continue reading

Ottawa’s LRT line leaves thousands out in the cold during heavy snowstorm

OTTAWA — Many transit riders in Ottawa were left out in the… Continue reading

Most Read