2012 Olympic Swimming TV Schedule

Over the next two weeks the Canadian Sports Media Blog will feature sport-by-sport TV schedules for every Olympic sport that is broadcast live on Canada TV during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I will post about two per night, so keep checking back to see the schedule for your favourite sport.

Swimming is always among the most watched Summer Olympic sports. It is the main attraction of week one, wrapping up CTV’s coverage most afternoons. Canada has a few strong medal contenders. Ryan Cochrane was Canada’s lone medal winner in Beijing four years ago. He won bronze in the 1500m Freestyle. Other Canadian medal contenders include 2011 World silver medallist Brent Hayden in the men’s 100m Freestyle and Martha McCabe, the 2011 World bronze medallist in the women’s 200m breaststroke. I’ve highlighted these three events in red in the broadcast schedule.

Rod Smith and Joanne Malar will call Olympic swimming on CTV. Smith was nominated for a Gemini Award for his call of speed skating at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He has drawn strong comparisons to CBC’s Steve Armitage, who was the play-by-play announcer for speed skating and swimming on the CBC for many years.

Swimming will take place during the first eight days of the 2012 Olympics. Coverage of the evening session will air live on Canadian TV (usually CTV) everyday, while the morning preliminary session will air live many days as well. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Saturday 7/28, 3:30-5:15pm on CTV
3:30pm: Men’s 400m IM Final
3:40pm: Women’s 100m Butterfly Semifinals
3:51pm: Men’s 400m Freestyle Final
4:09pm: Women’s 400m IM Final
4:28pm: Men’s 100m Breaststroke Semifinals
5:09pm: Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final

Sunday 7/29, 7:00-8:50am and 3:30-5:25pm on CTV
7:00am: Men’s 200m Freestyle Heats
7:13am: Women’s 100m Breaststroke Heats
7:38am: Men’s 100m Backstroke Heats
8:10am: Women’s 400m Freestyle Heats
8:41am: Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Heats
3:30pm: Women’s 100m Butterfly Final
3:36pm: Men’s 200m Freestyle Semifinals
3:47pm: Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semifinals
4:07pm: Men’s 100m Breaststoke Final
4:13pm: Women’s 400m Freestyle Final
4:22pm: Men’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals
4:53pm: Women’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals
5:03pm: Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final

Monday 7/30, 3:30-5:15pm on CTV
3:30pm: Women’s 200m Freestyle Semifinals
3:43pm: Men’s 200m Freestyle Final
3:50pm: Women’s 100m Backstroke Final
3:58pm: Men’s 100m Backstroke Final
4:15pm: Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final
4:31pm: Men’s 200m Butterfly Semifinals
4:53pm: Women’s 200m IM Semifinals

Tuesday 7/31, 6:00-6:40am on CTV, 7:00-8:15am on TSN and 3:30-5:00pm on CTV
6:00am: Men’s 100m Freestyle Heats
7:00am: Women’s 200m Butterfly Heats
7:14am: Men’s 200m Breaststroke Heats
7:45am: Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats
3:30pm: Men’s 100m Freestyle Semifinals
3:41pm: Women’s 200m Freestyle Final
3:48pm: Men’s 200m Butterfly Final
3:55pm: Women’s 200m Butterfly Semifinals
4:17pm: Men’s 200m Breaststroke Semifinals
4:39pm: Women’s 200m IM Final
4:46pm: Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

Wednesday 8/1, 7:00-9:05am on TSN and 3:30-5:05pm on CTV
7:10am: Women’s 200m Breaststroke Heats
7:47am: Men’s 200m IM Heats
8:35am: Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats
3:30pm: Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final
3:37pm: Women’s 100m Freestyle Semifinals
3:48pm: Men’s 200m Backstroke Semifinals
4:09pm: Women’s 200m Butterfly Final
4:16pm: Men’s 100m Freestyle Final
4:23pm: Women’s 200m Breaststoke Semifinals
4:37pm: Men’s 200m IM Semifinals
4:59pm: Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

Thursday 8/2, 7:00-9:00am on TSN and 3:30-5:05pm on CTV
7:10am: Men’s 100m Butterfly Heats
7:40am: Women’s 200m Backstroke Heats
3:30pm: Men’s 50m Freestyle Semifinals
3:39pm: Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final
3:46pm: Men’s 200m Backstroke Final
3:53pm: Women’s 200m Backstroke Semifinals
4:15pm: Men’s 200m IM Final
4:31pm: Women’s 100m Freestyle Final
4:46pm: Men’s 100m Butterfly Semifinals

Friday 8/3, 7:00-8:45am on CTV and 3:30-5:00pm on SN
7:00am: Men’s 1500m Freestyle Heats
8:06am: Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Heats
8:28am: Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Heats
3:30pm: Women’s 200m Backstroke Final
3:37pm: Men’s 100m Butterfly Final
3:43pm: Women’s 800m Freestyle Final
4:06pm: Men’s 50m Freestyle Final
4:21pm: Women’s 50m Freestyle Semifinals

Saturday 8/4, 3:30-5:00pm on CTV
3:30pm: Women’s 50m Freestyle Final
3:36pm: Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final
4:07pm: Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final
4:25pm: Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final

Thursday 8/9, 12:00-1:00pm on NBC – Women’s 10km Marathon
Friday 8/10, 8:00-11:00am on SN – Men’s 10km Marathon

5 thoughts on “2012 Olympic Swimming TV Schedule

  1. I thought Byron Macdonald, would be an analyst Swimming for the consortium, he was involved as the analyst, on CBC’s Coverage of the 2008 Olympics, in Beijing, and 2004 in Athens! Oh well!

  2. Is it just me, or is Joanne Malar’s commentating kind of annoying. It’s almost like she is exasperated everything she speaks.

    • Totally annoying….she has a warble in her voice. Is it that she can’t contain her emotion or is that how she speaks?

      • She annoys me and my BF so much that we’ve turned off the sound when watching the swimming!! And/or switch to other channels.

    • Not “kind of” annoying, absolutely horrific. She got so excited during a Phelps swim that she said he was “trying his best to win for Canada”. Last I checked he was still American. She keeps saying things that are obvious, like “in the pool” or “trying so hard”. A bit of insight from an athlete is better than excited and nervous energy from a very attractive women.
      Still, Rod Smith and the entire Swim coverage make her feel better by trying to be as terrible as humanly possible. I’ve resorted to watching NBC coverage of swimming, because they may be pro-American, but at least they know the names of swimmers from other countries. Watching a relay where Canadian women finish a distant 4th and hearing Rod mention only the names of Canadian swimmers, and not the names of the Aussie or American swimmers who are in a tight battle for the gold, is simply amateurish and unprofessional “homerism”. Learn the names of the athletes in the sport you are covering. Its not that hard.

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