EDMONTON – Lorne Wigginton of the University of Calgary Swim Club is piling up the medals this week at the 2022 Speedo Western Canadian Swimming Championships.
The 16-year-old collected his meet leading sixth and seventh individual medals in youth men’s competition with gold in the 400-m freestyle and bronze in the 100-m butterfly.
In the 400, he clocked 4:03.05 well ahead of Thomas Gishler of Whitehorse in second at 4:10.09 and Bill Dongfang of Victoria in third at 4:10.68. This week, Wigginton has also won gold in the 200-m freestyle, 200-m breaststroke, 1500-m freestyle and 400-m individual medley and bronze in the 100 free.
“The time was alright, but this meet is about getting points for the team,” said Wigginton, who’ll race for Canada this summer at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. “I had a pretty good national team trials two weeks ago and I’ve been able to carry that success to here.”
Other winners in men’s youth were Nicholas Duncan of Calgary in the 100-m butterfly (55.12) and Aiden Norman in the 200 back (2:07.52).
On the women’s youth side, Mia West of Winnipeg hit the five-medal mark individually with gold in the 400 free. She clocked 4:22.61 with Julia Strojnowska of Vancouver second in 4:23.48 and Sienna Angove of Kamloops, B.C., third in 4:24.81.
“I’m focusing on feeling good right now because I’ve had a busy month of racing,” said West, 15, with four gold and a silver so far. “My goals here are more on the technical side of things.”
Also with gold in women’s youth were Leila Fack of Langley, B.C., in the 100-m butterfly (1:00.46) and Jordan Greber of Grande Prairie, Alta., in the 200 back (2:19.16).
Also on fire here is Kamryn Cannings of Calgary who notched a third gold and fourth medal with a win in the senior women’s 100-m butterfly. She clocked 1:00.66 with Madisen Jacques of Langley, B.C., second in 1:02.47 and Kaycee Cannings of Calgary third in 1:02.91.
“I was happy with how I improved the first length of my race in the final,” said Cannings. “After the trials I’m right in the range where I want to be.”
Other winners in women’s senior were Naomi Slee of Edmonton in the 400 free (4:21.04), Alexanne Lepage of Vernon, B.C., in the 50 breaststroke (32.34) and Katie Schroeder of Langley in the 200 back (2:17.66)
Yu Tong Wu of the Surrey Knights collected his third and fourth golds of the meet in men’s senior placing first in the 400 free (4:03.06) and 100 fly (55.55). Ian Cameron of Edmonton won the 50 breast (28.93) and Yaseen Daoud of Calgary took the 200 back (2:10.07).
The University of Calgary won both the men’s and women’s 4X100-m medley relay.
The University of Calgary is also first over all in the team standings with 2,912 points followed by Edmonton Keyano at 1747.5 and Langley and Abbotsford Olympians at 946.5. Calgary is also first in the men’s and women’s standings.
Almost 500 athletes from 60 clubs are here this week at the meet which runs through to Sunday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.
For more information: 2022 Speedo Western Championships – Swimming Canada