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.