MONTREAL – Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., hopes she’s set herself up for a comeback season following her victory on Friday in the women’s 100-m backstroke at the 2018 RBC Canadian Swimming Championships.
Hanus clocked one minute and 00.54 seconds for the win. Margaret MacNeil of London, Ont., was second at 1:02.04 and Daphne Danyluk of Montreal was third at 1:02.12.
‘’I haven’t been 1:00 in almost three years in the 100 back,’’ said Hanus, a world junior bronze medallist in 2015. ‘’I had a bit of a struggle last year just to find my place. To come back this year and train really, really hard and come within 0.1 of my best is absolutely rewarding.’’
Olympic medallist Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., and Mackenzie Padington of Campbell River, B.C. both notched their second individual gold. Mainville took the 50-m butterfly in 26.50 and Padington was tops in the 200-m freestyle in 1:59.74.
Other winners in women’s competition were: Victoria Kwan of Markham, Ont., in the 400-m individual medley in 4:51.50 and Avery Wiseman of Drayton Valley, Alta., in the 50-m breaststroke in 31.75.
On the men’s side the victors were: Alexandre Pratt of Calgary in the 200-m freestyle in a personal best 1:49.39; Owen Daly of Montreal in the 50-m butterfly in 23.99; Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., in the 100-m backstroke in 54.65; Josh Zakala of Victoria in the 400-m IM in 4:21.75 while Alexander Milanovich of Etobicoke, Ont., and Gabe Mastromatteo of Kenora, Ont., tied for first in the 50-m breaststroke in 27.94.
‘’I was really happy with that swim,’’ said Pratt, a member of Canada’s gold medal winning mixed relay at the world juniors last season. ‘’It’s a good step forward towards my goal to make the senior national team this summer.’’
In the mixed 4X100-m medley relay the Pointe-Claire Swim Club were the winners in 3:59.28.
In Para swimming, winners included Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the men’s 200-m freestyle in 2:05.74; Sabrina Duchesne of Quebec City (41.06) and Danial Murphy of Halifax (50.54) in the 50-m butterfly; and Nicolas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City in the 100-m backstroke in 1:00.96.
‘’I would have loved to go under a minute tonight,’’ said Turbide, with his second victory of the meet. ‘’But I have a lot time still to improve and get a qualifying time for the Pan Pacs this summer.’’
Competition continues through to Sunday at the Olympic Park Sports Centre.
A total of 484 athletes from 130 clubs will be attending the event and 10 provinces and 3 countries will be represented.
Tickets are available for purchase on-site and online at https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&server=ww1#def_1283732902. Final sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. each day and tickets are $12 each, while preliminary sessions kick off at 9:30 a.m. each day and will be free of charge.
The 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships are being webcast at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/aquatics
Results will be available here: http://results.swimming.ca/2018_CSC/
For further information about the event visit: https://www.swimming.ca/en/events-results/events/2018-canadian-swimming-championships/