EDMONTON – Cole Pratt entered four races on Sunday and won them all to finish the Speedo 2019 Western Canadian Championships with 11 individual gold medals while hometown Edmonton Keyano won the team banner.

Pratt, from the Cascade Swim Club in Calgary, placed first in the men’s 14-16 age group 200-m butterfly, 50-m freestyle, 200-m individual medley and the 800-m freestyle. The 16-year-old then capped the evening with a victory in the 4X100-m mixed medley relay.

He also won this week, the 200-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke, 100-m freestyle, 50-m backstroke, 50-m butterfly, 100-m fly and 200-m backstroke. That’s 11 of the 14 individual races on the program.

However, Pratt’s heroics weren’t enough to dislodge Edmonton Keyano from top spot in the team standings. Keyano totalled 2,788.50 points followed by Cascade at 2,276. The University of Calgary Swim Club was third at 2,187.50.

Keyano was lead by Emma O’Croinin who collected seven individual gold in the women’s 13-15 age group including Sunday’s 1500-m freestyle. She added three relay wins as well. The 15-year-old made the world junior championships and world championships teams last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials.

In the women’s 16 and older age group, Octavia Lau of New Westminster, B.C. and Bailey Herbert of Langley, B.C., each notched a fifth win Sunday with victories in the 200 fly and 200 IM.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2019_Westerns/

QUEBEC CITY – A dominant performance in the men’s 17 and over age group propelled the Pointe-Claire Swim Club to the team banner at the 2019 Speedo Eastern Championships which concluded on Sunday.

Pointe-Claire won 11 of the 13 individual events in that age group led by Patrick Hussey and Kyle Douglas with three wins apiece. They totalled 3,710.50 points followed by Neptune Natation at 2,174.50 and the Oakville Aquatic Club at 1,029.50. Neptune Natation was first in the women’s standings.

The two big stars individually were Joshua Liendo of North York, Ont., and Katrina Bellio of Etobicoke, Ont., with six individual wins each in the men’s 15-16 and women’s 13-15 age groups.

‘’Coming off of trials I just wanted to see how close I could get to my best times again,’’ said Bellio, who won the 200-m butterfly and 200-m individual medley on Sunday. ‘’I’m happy with this weekend, I did a lot of personal bests. This success is definitely going to push me a lot harder for the summer season.’’

Liendo, who will be heading to the world juniors and world championships this summer, was also a double victor showing his versatility with wins in the 200 fly in an Ontario age group record 2:00.52 and the 50 free in 23.08.

In the same age group, Jacob Gallant of Fredericton notched a third win in the 200 IM.

‘’I’ve had a great weekend considering I’ve been racing tired after trials,’’ said Gallant. ‘’I was able to push through that and get some best times and satisfying performances.’’

In the women’s 16 and over age group, Kate Sullivan of St. John’s N.L. collected a third gold with a victory in the 1500-m freestyle.

Full results: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Speedo_Eastern_Championships/

EDMONTON – Emma O’Croinin’s main priority this week is to help her Edmonton Keyano Club place first in the club standings and she contributed to two more wins on Saturday at the 2019 Speedo Western Canadian Championships.

In the women’s 13-15 age group 400-m freestyle O’Croinin placed first in four minutes and 20.84 seconds for her sixth individual victory then led-off in Keyano’s win in the 4X100-m medley relay.

‘’It’s great to contribute those points towards the team,’’ said O’Croinin, 15, who made the world junior championships and world championships teams last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials. ‘’I’m pleased to get these good times with a heavy work load.’’

On the men’s 14-16 side, Cole Pratt of Calgary continued his domination with his sixth and seventh win in the 100-m butterfly in 54.23 and the 200-m backstroke in 2:01.45.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., collected his second victory placing first in the open men’s 50-m breaststroke in 28.91.

‘’This was one of my better races this week,’’ said Knox. ‘’I was pleased with how I got off the blocks and kept my stroke rate up.’’

Sterlyng Blair of Edmonton and Oksana Chaput of Winnipeg were both first time winners.

Blair was first in the men’s 17 and over 100-m butterfly in 55.51.

“I should have been out a little faster,’’ said Blair. ‘’My goal was to get to the 54 seconds mark.’’

Chaput also won the 100 fly in the women’s 13-15 age group in 1:02.20.

‘’I was trying to work on my technique because my fly is not all that great.,’’ said Chaput.

Edmonton Keyano is first in the team standings with 2,102 points followed by the University of Calgary Swim Club at 1,735 and the Cascade Swim Club of Calgary at 1,730.5.

Competition ends Sunday at the Kinsmen Centre.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2019_Westerns/

QUEBEC CITY – Joshua Liendo continued to be the individual star at the 2019 Speedo Eastern Championships swimming competition on Saturday as he broke his own national age group record.

Liendo set the mark in the men’s 14-16 100-m butterfly clocking 52.13 seconds which shattered his previous best of 52.83 set last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials.

After three days of competition, Liendo now has four individual victories. At those trials in Toronto, the 16-year-old made both the world championships and world junior championships teams.

‘’I feel amazing about getting the record,’’ said Liendo. ‘’I was pretty close to the senior record (51.83 held by Olympian Santo Condorelli since 2016) and that’s what I was actually going for. That was one of the best 100 fly’s I’ve ever raced.’’

Meanwhile the Pointe-Claire Swim Club produced another strong day in the men’s 17 and older group with two more wins including a third gold for Patrick Hussey in the 400-m freestyle in 3:56.53.

‘My goal coming in was just to get best times and see how fast I could go,’’ said Hussey. ‘’In the prelims, I went easier in the 400 free so I could focus on the 100 fly. In the final, I went as hard as I could and followed my coach’s plan.’’

Many racers here were at trials last week and are hoping to capitalize on their top conditioning to produce more fast swims.

‘’This competition is about having fun racing,’’ said Sasseville, who notched her second gold with a victory in the women’s 16 and older 100 fly. ‘’Last week at the trials was stressful with the worry about making teams.’’

In the team standings, Pointe-Claire continues to lead with 2,756.50 points. Neptune Natation is second at 1,827.50 and the Oakville Aquatic Club is third at 758.50. Neptune Natation is first in the women’s standings.

Competition ends Sunday at the PEPS.

Full results: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Speedo_Eastern_Championships/

EDMONTON – Cole Pratt of Calgary was a triple winner on Friday at the 2019 Speedo Western Nationals swimming competition.

Pratt earned victories in the men’s 14-16 age group 100-m freestyle in 51.07, the open 50-m backstroke in 26.06 and the open 50-m butterfly in 25.05. After two days of competition, the 16-year-old Pratt has five individual wins and one relay triumph.

Emma O’Croinin of Edmonton is keeping pace with Pratt at five wins after placing first in two more races on Friday. She was first in the women’s 13-15 100-m freestyle in 56.70 and the 400-m IM in 4:55.66. She also has two relay victories.

In the women’s 16 and over races, Kyla Leibel of Red Deer, Alta., notched her first two wins with gold in the open 50-m fly in 27.46 and 100-m free in 55.98.

‘’I felt the races went well,’’ said Leibel. ‘’We’re working on being a little stronger and more efficient in my stroke and I thought I did a good job on that front.’’

Also new to the winner’s circle was Apollo Hess of Lethbridge, Alta., first in the men’s 14-16 100-m breaststroke in 1:05.25.

‘’It felt good to get back here and get the win,’’ he said.  ‘’I knew I needed to stay long and glide to the front of my stroke and that helped me get the best time.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday at the Kinsmen Centre.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2019_Westerns/

QUEBEC CITY – Joshua Liendo of North York, Ont., cracked the line-up for both the world championships and world junior championships teams last week at trials and he showed why with two more wins Friday at the 2019 Speedo Eastern Nationals swimming competition.

Liendo collected his second and third gold of the meet in the boys 14-16 age group placing first in the 100-m freestyle in 49.82 seconds and the 50-m butterfly in 24.82 seconds.

‘’It was fun,’’ said Liendo. ‘’It was close to a best time in the 100. I was really happy with that race, I think I executed it pretty good. Swimming well at consecutive meets is really important this season as I’ll have the worlds and world juniors back-to-back.’’

Also reaching the three individual victory mark on Friday was Katrina Bellio of Etobicoke, Ont., placing first in the 13-15 400-m individual medley in 4:48.95.

A first-time winner was Brooklyn Douthwright of Moncton, N.B., in the women’s 13-15 100-m freestyle in 57.10.

‘’This weekend I want to get in some more races and hopefully get some best times,’’ said Douthwright. ‘’But it’s hard after last week’s races. I’m feeling pretty tired.’’

The Pointe-Claire Swim Club continued its dominance in the men’s 17 and over class with three more victories. Kyle Douglas took the 50-m backstroke for his second win while Spencer Bougie and Danylo Sosnovik won the 100- free and 400-m IM.

Some of Canada’s top Para swimmers are also on hand. Alexander Elliot, who now trains at Universite Laval, won the men’s 100-m freestyle. The S10 swimmer is preparing for the IPC Worlds also set for this summer.

‘’The goal here was to work on some things in my swim and hopefully win some medals,’’ said Elliot. ‘’I was a bit slower than at trials but I was able to nail my turn and avoided that unnecessary extra stroke I do sometimes.’’

In the club standings at the halfway point, Pointe-Claire is first overall with 1,899 points. Neptune Natation is second at 1,316 and Etobicoke Swimming third at 508. Neptune is first in the women’s standings.

Competition continues through to Sunday at the PEPS.

Full results: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Speedo_Eastern_Championships/

EDMONTON – World junior team members Cole Pratt of Cascade Swim and Emma O’Croinin of Edmonton Keyano have their clubs 1-2 after day one at the Speedo Western Nationals on Thursday following three victories apiece.

Pratt, racing in the men’s 14-16 age group, posted victories in the 200-m freestyle (1:50.84) and 100-m backstroke (54.88) and helped his club to the win in the 4X100-m freestyle.

‘’I felt really good out there,’’ said Pratt. ‘’Usually after a big meet like the trials I feel pretty tired so I was pleased with how I responded on the first day here, especially with three events on my schedule.’’

In the women’s 13-15 age group, O’Croinin was first in the 200-m freestyle (2:01.49) and 800-m freestyle (8:52.37) then anchored Keyano to top spot in the 4X100-m freestyle.

Octavia Lau of New Westminster, B.C. was a double winner in the women’s 16 and over placing first in the 200-m freestyle (2:03.48) and 800-m freestyle (8:58.26).

‘’It’s been an inconsistent year for me,’’ said Lau. ‘’So getting back to near my best time in the 200 is basically where I want to be right now. I wanted to keep my race tactics together and I was able to be more relaxed.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday at the Kinsmen Sport Centre.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2019_Westerns/

QUEBEC CITY – Katrina Bellio of Etobicoke, Ont., barely had time to catch her breath after last week’s trials but struck for two victories on Thursday to open the 2019 Speedo Eastern Championships swimming competition.

Bellio,14, posted victories in the women’s 13-15 age group 200-m freestyle and 800-m freestyle races. Her 2:00.84 in the 200 was a provincial age group record.

‘’I was really trying to get best times again and see how much I could improve,’’ said Bellio, who made the world junior team last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto. ‘’My 200 race was fantastic, I dropped another two seconds from last weekend. The girls really pushed each other in the race.’’

It was a big night for the Pointe-Claire Swim Cub as their swimmers posted five wins on the night. They swept gold in all four men’s 17 and over group races with Patrick Hussey taking the 200-m free and 800-m free. Kyle Douglas won the 100-m backstroke and Moncef Balamane the 200-m breaststroke. Katrina Brathwaite was first in the 16 and over 200-m breaststroke.

Joshua Liendo was first in the men’s 15-16 200-m free and also helped the North York Aquatic Club to a national age group record in the men’s 4X100-m freestyle.

‘’I just wanted to focus on the things I needed to do right in terms of technique and race strategy,’’ said Liendo. ‘’I’m not really a 200 freestyler so I wasn’t expecting that strong a swim.’’

Madison Broad was one of two winners from the Chatham Y Pool Sharks placing first in the women’s 16 and over 100-m back.

‘’I felt it was OK,’’ said Broad, nominated to the Pan Am Games team last week. ‘’My turns were good and I was well prepared with a good few days of training. It’s important to swim well at two consecutive meets like this.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday at the PEPS.

Full results: https://results.swimming.ca/2019_Speedo_Eastern_Championships/

Ottawa/Toronto– The first athletes have been nominated to this summer’s Lima 2019 Parapan American Games team following the conclusion of the Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto this weekend.

Thirteen athletes have been submitted by Swimming Canada for selection to the team, with competition taking place in Lima, Peru between August 23 and September 1. The swimmers selected to participate at the Parapan Am Games is a developmental team, most from Swimming Canada’s NextGen program, who will be experiencing their first Games situation. For many, it will be the first step towards competing at the 2020 or 2024 Paralympic Games.

Swimming Canada also announced the athletes selected to compete in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, set for later this year. The world championships are the most significant event in the sport outside of the Paralympic Games. CLICK HERE for the world championships roster.

“Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent Canada this summer,” said Catherine Gosselin-Després, executive director of sport, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Canada is home to many talented Para swimmers, and the Parapan Am Games will be a fantastic opportunity for many of our young athletes to gain important international experience in a big multi-sport Games environment. There definitely will be some strong performances from these athletes in Lima, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Canadian team this summer.

“We also wish all the best to the athletes selected to the world championships team, who will be competing among the top swimmers in the world. This will be an excellent test and preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games one year from now.”

The team will be led in Lima by head coach Michel Berube.

“It’s very exciting. We have so much time from now until the Games to prepare these athletes,” said Berube, Swimming Canada’s NextGen & Pathways coach, Para swimming. “This year I’ll be going around the country doing club visits, working with the coaches and preparing these swimmers, so it’s very exciting moment.”

Berube expects the team will do well in Lima.

“I would say the next generation of swimmers will be very successful,” he said. “It’s a matter of making sure these swimmers will grow and I’m very confident they will.”

LIMA 2019 PARAPAN AM GAMES SWIMMING TEAM

NAME HOMETOWN AGE COACH
Caleb Arndt Newmarket, Ont. 16 Mike Finch
Nicholas Bennett Parksville, B.C. 15 Byron Trajan
Jacob Brayshaw Coldstream, B.C. 16 Renate Terpstra
Colleen Cloetta Baie d’Urfe, Que. 13 Etienne Paquet
Arianna Hunsicker Surrey, B.C. 15 Dave Geary
Tyson Macdonald Tilsonburg, Ont. 22 Cathy Pardy
Angela Marina Cambridge, Ont. 19 Paul Armstrong
Clemence Pare Boucherville, Que. 16 Rene Laroche
Krystal Shaw Moose Jaw, Sask. 25 Jeff Toth
Myriam Soliman Saint-Hubert, Que. 19 Rene Laroche
Michelle Tovizi Markham, Ont. 19 Eddie Toro
Emma Grace Van Dyk Port Colborne, Ont. 17 Beth Majtenyi
Patrick Waters Kamloops, B.C. 33 Emil Dimitrov

The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will take place August 23 to September 1 in Peru and will take over Toronto 2015 as the largest Parapan Am Games ever with a record 1,850 athletes set to participate. Canada is expecting to send a team of approximately 144 athletes in 13 sports. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the official full team heading to the Games later this year.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca