Ludlow upsets Olympian at nationals

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SASKATOON – Danica Ludlow of Victoria upset an Olympian for a second time this week for gold and Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., swam the fastest time by a Canadian this year in the 50-m breaststroke to highlight Friday’s action at the Canadian Swimming Championships.

Ludlow clocked four minutes and 16.01 seconds in the 400-m freestyle to edge Vancouver’s Savannah King by a mere 0.01 seconds.

On Wednesday, the 17-year-old Ludlow beat Montreal’s Barbara Jardin to the wall in the 200-m freestyle.

‘’Savannah and Barbara are swimmers that I really look up to and it was exciting to get the win again tonight,’’ said Ludlow, 17. “I really had no idea how close it was. I just put my head down on the final length and went for it. I felt very positive going to race and I knew I had a chance.’’

Nicol clocked 31.16 seconds in the women’s 50-m breaststroke which also ranks her third all-time in Canada behind Olympians Amanda Reason and Annamay Pierse. Irish swimmer Fiona Doyle of the University of Calgary Swim Club was second in 31.49 and Rebecca Terejko of Brantford, Ont., third at 31.67.

Other winners in women’s competition were Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., in the 100-m butterfly, Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., in the 200-m backstroke and Edmonton Keyano in the 4×100-m freestyle relay.

It was also a second victory for Bouchard, who is tuning up for next month’s Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

‘’It was faster than my time at the (Canadian Swimming Trials in April) so I’m happy with that especially that I’m not fully rested for this meet,’’ said Bouchard. ‘’It gives me a lot of confidence. My front end speed was much better and that’s something I really want to build on towards the Pan Pacs.’’

On the men’s side, Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria collected his third gold of the competition with a victory in the 400-m freestyle. He also won the 100-m freestyle on Thursday and 200-m freestyle on Wednesday.

Other winners in men’s competition were Matthew Dans of Ottawa in the 100-m butterfly, Matthew Myers of Toronto in the 200-m backstroke, Sergey Holson of Vancouver in the 50-m breaststroke and Island Swimming in the 4×100-m freestyle relay.

Competition ends Saturday at the Shaw Centre.

Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014canswim/

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