Acevedo and Hanus double medal count at Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships

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WINDSOR, Ont. – For the second straight day Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., and Danielle Hanus of Windsor, Ont., collected a gold and silver medal at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships swimming competition.

In the men’s 100-metre freestyle in the 16 and under age group, Acevedo bettered his best time by 0.1 seconds clocking 50.41 seconds. Emil Goin of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.

, was second in 51.60 and Paul Widgett of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., third in 51.73.

“I’m getting closer and closer to where I want to be,” said Acevedo, 16, who also set a personal best in his 200-m freestyle victory on Thursday. “The first half of the race tonight I was on pace for under 50 seconds. It felt really smooth and everything connected. I took another step forward.”

In the 400-m individual medley for swimmers 15 and under, Hanus lowered her personal best time by more than four seconds clocking four minutes and 44.63 seconds.

Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., was second in 4:47.66 and Tessa Cieplucha of Oakville, Ont., third in 4:51.83.

“My main improvements were in my backstroke and freestyle,” said Hanus. “I was feeling pretty nervous racing against such a tough field and seeing what I could do. I’ve had a busy schedule so far and I’m feeling a bit tired but still pretty good. I just hope to keep setting best times throughout the year and hopefully get a Canadian age group record.”

Competition continues through to Sunday at the recently built Family Aquatic Complex. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day except Sunday with finals set for 5 p.m. Windsor will host the 2016 FINA Word Short Course Championships.

Full results: https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2014speedoeastern/

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