Swimmer Dickens gets “the job done”

MONTREAL – Burlington’s Scott Dickens has earned a nomination to Canada’s 2012 team on the first night of Olympic swimming trials finals on Tuesday (March 27).

In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Dickens neared his Canadian mark for the second time Tuesday winning the final in 1:00.43 after going 1:00.39 in the prelims. Dickens was on the 2004 team but suffered a crushing disappointment when he fell short in 2008 as the No. 1 seed.

‘’I couldn’t be happier,’’ said Dickens. ‘’This meet was all about getting the job done and getting on the team. This year was about swimming smart. Doing what I needed to do to compete with the world in London. We broke down everything in my training and took a risk. It was really scary at the start but it paid off.’’

He was one of six swimmers to move into the nomination process.

Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, lowered one of the longest standing national records in the books to open the Canadian Olympic swimming trials to earn her nomination. The others were Savannah King of Vancouver, Alec Page and Blake Worsley, both of Victoria, and Katerine Savard of Quebec City.

In the men’s 400 individual medley, the 18-year-old Page made his move on the second length of the breaststroke and powered to the finish in 4:17.78. Andrew Ford of Guelph, was second in 4:23.22.

Competition runs through to Sunday at the Olympic Park Sport Centre.