QUEBEC CITY – A dominant performance in the men’s 17 and over age group propelled the Pointe-Claire Swim Club to the team banner at the 2019 Speedo Eastern Championships which concluded on Sunday.
Pointe-Claire won 11 of the 13 individual events in that age group led by Patrick Hussey and Kyle Douglas with three wins apiece. They totalled 3,710.50 points followed by Neptune Natation at 2,174.50 and the Oakville Aquatic Club at 1,029.50. Neptune Natation was first in the women’s standings.
The two big stars individually were Joshua Liendo of North York, Ont., and Katrina Bellio of Etobicoke, Ont., with six individual wins each in the men’s 15-16 and women’s 13-15 age groups.
‘’Coming off of trials I just wanted to see how close I could get to my best times again,’’ said Bellio, who won the 200-m butterfly and 200-m individual medley on Sunday. ‘’I’m happy with this weekend, I did a lot of personal bests. This success is definitely going to push me a lot harder for the summer season.’’
Liendo, who will be heading to the world juniors and world championships this summer, was also a double victor showing his versatility with wins in the 200 fly in an Ontario age group record 2:00.52 and the 50 free in 23.08.
In the same age group, Jacob Gallant of Fredericton notched a third win in the 200 IM.
‘’I’ve had a great weekend considering I’ve been racing tired after trials,’’ said Gallant. ‘’I was able to push through that and get some best times and satisfying performances.’’
In the women’s 16 and over age group, Kate Sullivan of St. John’s N.L. collected a third gold with a victory in the 1500-m freestyle.