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O’Croinin focused on club title at 2019 Speedo Western Canadian Championships

EDMONTON – Emma O’Croinin’s main priority this week is to help her Edmonton Keyano Club place first in the club standings and she contributed to two more wins on Saturday at the 2019 Speedo Western Canadian Championships.

In the women’s 13-15 age group 400-m freestyle O’Croinin placed first in four minutes and 20.84 seconds for her sixth individual victory then led-off in Keyano’s win in the 4X100-m medley relay.

‘’It’s great to contribute those points towards the team,’’ said O’Croinin, 15, who made the world junior championships and world championships teams last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials. ‘’I’m pleased to get these good times with a heavy work load.’’

On the men’s 14-16 side, Cole Pratt of Calgary continued his domination with his sixth and seventh win in the 100-m butterfly in 54.23 and the 200-m backstroke in 2:01.45.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., collected his second victory placing first in the open men’s 50-m breaststroke in 28.91.

‘’This was one of my better races this week,’’ said Knox. ‘’I was pleased with how I got off the blocks and kept my stroke rate up.’’

Sterlyng Blair of Edmonton and Oksana Chaput of Winnipeg were both first time winners.

Blair was first in the men’s 17 and over 100-m butterfly in 55.51.

“I should have been out a little faster,’’ said Blair. ‘’My goal was to get to the 54 seconds mark.’’

Chaput also won the 100 fly in the women’s 13-15 age group in 1:02.20.

‘’I was trying to work on my technique because my fly is not all that great.,’’ said Chaput.

Edmonton Keyano is first in the team standings with 2,102 points followed by the University of Calgary Swim Club at 1,735 and the Cascade Swim Club of Calgary at 1,730.5.

Competition ends Sunday at the Kinsmen Centre.

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