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Toronto – Brooklyn Douthwright of BEAST kicked off the fourth night of the RBC Canadian Junior Championships at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre with a gold in an exciting finish in the girls 13-14 200-m freestyle.
Douthwright’s time of 2:04.76 shattered her previous best time by over four seconds. She was excited about the outcome of her events.
“To finish 4 seconds off my best time, I was really happy,” said Douthwright about her gold medal race. “I was expecting maybe a 2:06 so to get 2:04, I’m really happy with my race.”
A short time later, Douthwright was back in the pool competing in the girls 13-14 100-m backstroke final. Despite the fatigue from her previous race, she added a bronze to raise her total medal count to four. Ahead of Douthwright were Regan Rathwell, silver, and Asia Minnes, gold.
Minnes has become a familiar face atop the podium this week. Tonight’s gold in the 100-m backstroke was Minnes’ fourth and fifth total medal.
Sebastien Somerset of the Cascade Swim Club has been excellent in the backstroke events. On Wednesday night, he topped the field in the boys 14-16 200-m and he replicated the feat in the 200-m tonight.
“I was trying to work on my back-end speed and trying not to die down in the last 25,” said Somerset. When asked about his success, the 16-year old responded that he’s focused on himself rather than the competition. “I’m just focused on putting up good times and going for it next week at Seniors.”
Dave Johnson, the Head Coach of CASC has been pleased with Somerset’s performance.
“He’s gone three consecutive 100-m backstrokes putting up best times, which is really nice to see,” Johnson says. The Cascade Head Coach attests Somerset’s success to his work ethic. “He’s kept up his motivation all summer and he’s done a great job here.”
Aela Janvier of the Pointe-Claire Swim Club took home the girls 15-17 200-m breaststroke in a personal best 2:31.91, continuing her strong performance thus far. Through four nights, Janvier has won four medals. She will be competing in the girls 15-17 200-m individual medley on Sunday.
Etobicoke Swim Club’s Justin Konik outperformed the competition in the boys 14-16 200-m freestyle in a time of 1:52.80. Konik also took home the 100-m freestyle on Thursday night.
In the 17-18 age group of the boys 200-m freestyle, Mathew Fuller had a strong second leg take the lead and claim gold in the event with a time of 1:51.68. A pair of Cascade Swim Club swimmers rounded out the podium as Alexander Pratt touched second in 1:54.11 and Mackenzie Flowers placed third in 1:54.30.
In tonight’s relay events, the University of Calgary Swim Club took the top spot in the girls 13-17 4×100-m freestyle relay. On the boys’ side, the Club Aquatique de Montréal used a strong swim from Mehdi Ayoubi to claim the lead after 200-m where his teammates would hold on for the win.
The RBC Canadian Junior Championships continue through Monday and are being webcast at http://sportscanada.tv/swimmingcanada/.
For full results from the fourth day: https://results.swimming.ca/2017_Juniors/.
Here is a complete list of medal winners from tonight’s action.
Girls 200-m freestyle
- Gold: Brooklyn Douthwright, BEAST
- Silver: Emma O’Croinin, EKSC
- Bronze: Kate Sullivan, MPM
- Gold: Kyla Leibel, RDCSC
- Silver: Aleksa Gold, TSC
- Bronze: Ainsley McMurray, CSLA
Boys 200-m freestyle
- Gold: Justin Konik, ESWIM
- Silver: Lukas-Alexandre Coté, MY
- Bronze: Maximilian Hunger, PCSC
- Gold: Mathew Fuller, ISC
- Silver: Alexander Pratt, CASC
- Bronze: Mackenzie Flowers, CASC
Girls 100-m backstroke
- Gold: Asia Minnes, UNCAN
- Silver: Regan Rathwell, GO
- Bronze: Brooklyn Douthwright, BEAST
- Gold: Madison Broad, CYPS
- Silver: Rosie Zavaros, OAK
- Bronze: Maude Boily-Dufour, SR
Boys 100-m backstroke
- Gold: Sebastien Somerset, CASC
- Silver: Isak Nash, CASC
- Bronze: Lukas-Alexandre Coté
- Gold: William Marois, CASE
- Silver: Loic St-Martin, CAMO
- Bronze: Achilles Neilson, CASC
Girls 200-m breaststroke
- Gold: Olivia Starzomski, SSAT
- Silver: Pilar McCann, OSC
- Bronze: Serena Muizelaar, MSSAC
- Gold: Aela Janvier, PCSC
- Silver: Katrina Brathwaite, PCSC
- Bronze: Avery Wiseman, TRIT
Boys 200-m breaststroke
- Gold: Owen Huang, MAC
- Silver: Graysen Bernard, TSC
- Bronze: Joe Zhang, VPSC
- Gold: Ryan Telford
- Silver: Frederik Kamminga
- Bronze: Jeremy Land
Girls 13-17 4×100-m freestyle relay
- Gold: University of Calgary Swim Club
- Laura Albers
- Hannah Bennett
- Kimberly Song
- Kate Rendall
- Silver: Victoria Pacific Swim Club
- Alexandra Turvey
- Nicolleta Panos
- Giselle Steiner
- Mackenzie Gunther
- Bronze: Neptune Natation
- Florence Lafontaine-Giguère
- Alicia Arcand
- Carley Dove-McFalls
- Rosalie Davidson
Boys 14-18 4×100-m freestyle relay
- Gold: Club Aquatique de Montréal
- Loic St-Martin
- Mehdi Ayoubi
- Fedi Jedidi
- Melek Jedidi
- Silver: Cascade Swim Club
- Andrew Dungate
- Mackenzie Flowers
- Justin Lisoway
- Alexander Pratt
- Bronze: North York Aquatic Club
- Taila Brown
- Justin Baker
- Philip Kay
- Joshua Liendo