Chilliwack Spartan grad makes Canadian team for swimming worlds

Carson Olafson will travel to Korea this summer to compete in two freestyle relay races.

Chilliwack Spartans Swim Club alum Carson Olafson is heading to Korea to compete in the FINA World Championships this summer.

Canadian Swim Trials were held April 3-7 at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto.

Olafson met the qualifying standard in two events, the men’s 4×100 and 4×200 metre freestyle relays.

The 22 year old finished fourth in both distances.

His time in the 100m was 49.53s and his time in the 200m was 1:49.59.

His 100m time was a new personal best while his 200m time was .45 seconds off his top mark.

Canada is sending 25 athletes (13 men, 12 women) to Gwangju, Korea for the world which run July 12-28. The meet will set the table for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“It’s the highest profile swim meet in the summer,” said Martyn Wilby, senior coach of Canada’s Olympic program. “You are basically seeing how your athletes stack up against the rest of the world.”

Olafson isn’t a stranger to international competition and this will be his second trip to worlds.

At the 2017 meet in Budapest, Hungary, he was a member of the sixth place Canadian 4×100m freestyle relay team.

Olafson competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, where his 4×200m freestyle relay team finished fourth and his 4×100m freestyle relay team finished fifth.

Olafson is a member of the UBC Dolphins Swim Club and is coached by Tom Johnson.

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