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.