PHOTO CREDIT: Renee Kardash Photography
CALGARY – Emma Spence of Regina made sure she wouldn’t be denied a medal this year in the women’s 200-m breaststroke and it paid off in gold at the 2019 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships.
Spence, racing in the girls 15-17 age group, won the event in two minutes and 34.98 seconds with Isabelle Roth of Calgary second in 2:36.81 and Taeghen Brezovski of Edmonton third in 2:37.58.
‘’I felt a little nervous after what happened last year when I got touched out for third,’’ said the 17-year-old Spence. ‘’So this year I really wanted to do better. This is exciting. I didn’t get the personal best I wanted in this race but the result is better.’’
Oksana Chaput won the other final in the age group placing first in the 200-m freestyle in 2:03.66.
Five others collected their second victory this week including three in the boys 16-18 group, two of which were from the Pointe-Claire Swim Club. They were Patrick Hussey in the 200-m freestyle in 1:53.10 and Eric Brown in the 1500 freestyle in 15:47.72. Jacob Gallant of Fredericton won the 200 breast in 2:19.38.
‘’I felt really confident,’’ said Hussey. ‘’I had a good prelims. It was nice to get back on track after a tough past two days. I had a good start to the meet and I want to finish strong tomorrow.’’
The winners in the boys 14-15 age group were: Yutong Wu of Surrey, B.C., in the 1500 (16:24.10). It was Wu’s second victory. Also, Artio Volodin of Montreal in the 200 free (1:56.02), and Benjamin Gagné of Quebec City in the 200 breast (2:26.31).
‘’My start was faster than usual,’’ said Gagné. ‘’I figured my last length would be harder but I was able to hold on to win the race. I wasn’t expecting to win medals this weekend, I knew I was ranked high but to have a gold and silver so far, I’m really pleased.’’
In the girls 13-14, both winners were from the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club. They were Meghan Berringan in the 200 breast in 2:28.16 – her second gold of the meet – and Christey Liang in the 200 free in a personal best 2:04.19.
‘’I’ve had a lot of events this week and I was just hoping to get a best time tonight,’’ said Liang. ‘’I was really happy with that, considering how many races I’ve done.’’
Hussey also helped Pointe-Claire to gold in the men’s 4X100 freestyle relay while the University of Calgary Swim Club took the women’s 4X100 free relay.
In the club standings after day four, Pointe -Claire leads with 1,407 points, Edmonton Keyano is second at 1,363.5 and University of Calgary third at 988.
The pool portion of the competition ends Sunday at the Repsol Centre, The open water events conclude the meet on Monday at Lake Chaparral in Calgary.