Local swimmers enter trial waters as favourites


MONTREAL – Sinead Russell of Burlington, Stefan Hirniak of Victoria, Charles Francis of Cowansville, Que., and Alexa Komarnyky of Etobicoke, Ont., are top-seeds for day two races at the Olympic swimming trials.

And in the Paralympic trials, multiple world record holder Summer Mortimer of Ancaster is one of the top seeds. Also seeded high in the Paralympic division in the men’s division is former McMaster University swimmer Devin Gotell.

Russell enters the 100 backstroke at No. 1 and is a fast rising star on the international scene. She was eighth in the event at the world championships last year and currently holds the Canadian record at 59.68. Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., a 2008 Olympian, and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., follow as the second and third seeds.

In the men’s 200 butterfly, Hirniak looks to better his Canadian record of 1:57.01 set at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Zack Chetrat of Oakville, and 18-year-old Mack Darragh of London, are seeded second and third.

Competition runs to Sunday at the Olympic Park Sport Centre.