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Cole Pratt continues dominance while Keyano wins Westerns

EDMONTON – Cole Pratt entered four races on Sunday and won them all to finish the Speedo 2019 Western Canadian Championships with 11 individual gold medals while hometown Edmonton Keyano won the team banner.

Pratt, from the Cascade Swim Club in Calgary, placed first in the men’s 14-16 age group 200-m butterfly, 50-m freestyle, 200-m individual medley and the 800-m freestyle. The 16-year-old then capped the evening with a victory in the 4X100-m mixed medley relay.

He also won this week, the 200-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke, 100-m freestyle, 50-m backstroke, 50-m butterfly, 100-m fly and 200-m backstroke. That’s 11 of the 14 individual races on the program.

However, Pratt’s heroics weren’t enough to dislodge Edmonton Keyano from top spot in the team standings. Keyano totalled 2,788.50 points followed by Cascade at 2,276. The University of Calgary Swim Club was third at 2,187.50.

Keyano was lead by Emma O’Croinin who collected seven individual gold in the women’s 13-15 age group including Sunday’s 1500-m freestyle. She added three relay wins as well. The 15-year-old made the world junior championships and world championships teams last week at the Canadian Swimming Trials.

In the women’s 16 and older age group, Octavia Lau of New Westminster, B.C. and Bailey Herbert of Langley, B.C., each notched a fifth win Sunday with victories in the 200 fly and 200 IM.

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