Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ashton Baumann, Son of Alex, Races onto Canada's 2016 Olympic Swim Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ashton Baumann, Son of Alex, Races onto Canada's 2016 Olympic Swim Team

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Another Olympic swimmer named Baumann


TORONTO - Another Baumann will be swimming in the Olympic Games for Canada.

Ashton Baumann, son of Olympic gold medallist Alex Baumann, won Thursday's 200-metre breaststroke at Canadian trials in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

The 23-year-old posted a time of two minutes 10.69 seconds. Baumann was the only man in the breaststroke final to go under the time standard required to make the team for Rio.

"This meet's been a real, real pressure-cooker for me," Baumann said. "I've been struggling with my nerves. Going into that, I wasn't sure how it would pan out. It panned out a hell of a lot better than I thought I would.

"It was a bit off my goal time, but I made the team so I'm happy with that."

Alex Baumann was a double gold medallist in the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, winning the 200-metre and 400-metre individual medley in world-record times.

The 51-year-old was head of Canada's Own The Podium from 2010 to 2012 before taking over as high-performance chief of Sport New Zealand.

Ashton, who now lives and trains in Australia, says he spoke with his father before the trials.

"He said 'you've done the work. You've done the training,'" Ashton said. "I told him how nervous I've been for the past three nights. I've been getting two hours sleep at best."

Victoria's Ryan Cochrane won the men's 400-metre freestyle comfortably in 3:48:54 and almost two seconds under the time required. He was also the only man to qualify out of that final.

In order to be nominated to the Canadian team that will compete in Rio, an Olympic qualifying time and a top-two result must be achieved in a trials final.

So even though Cochrane won a bronze medal in the 400 in last year's world championship, the 27-year-old still had to meet those standards Thursday night to race it in Rio.

"If you can perform in April, you're going to be that much better in August," Cochrane said. "I'm hoping to be six or seven seconds faster this summer, so I did what I had to there.

"You have to be able to perform when you need to. This is a really good practice for performing on the day in Rio."

Eleven women and three men have earned the right to be nominated to Canada's Olympic team with three more days of racing. …

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