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Pratt and O’Croinin put respective clubs in lead at Speedo Western Nationals

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.

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