VICTORIA – Junior-aged Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., and veteran Karley Stutzel of Victoria took Thursday’s opening distance freestyle races at the Speedo Western Championships swimming competition.

In the men’s 800 freestyle, McIntyre coming off a multi-medal performance at international junior meets in Europe, was the winner in 8:13.22 with Karl Wolk of Calgary second in 8:15.35 and James Kendrick of Calgary third in 8:20.42.

In the women’s 1,500 freestyle, Stutzel won handily in 16:20.78 with Kathryn Rosberg of Burnaby, B.C., second in 17:05.03 and Dana Armb of Edmonton third in 17:05.78.

There were also preliminary races on Thursday. The fastest qualifiers in the women’s races were Kendra Chernoff of Saskatoon in the 50 butterfly, Erica Morningstar of Calgary in the 50 breaststroke and Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., in the 50 backstroke.

Fastest qualifiers in the men’s races were Adam Sioui of Calgary in the 50 fly and Mike Brown of Calgary in the 50 breaststroke At last year’s Western Championships, Sioui won 11 gold medals.

Thursday’s leading results at the Speedo Western Championships swimming competition in Victoria (all distances in metres):

800 freestyle: 1. Anders McIntyre, Vernon, B.C., 8:13.22; 2. Karl Wolk, Calgary, 8:15.35; 3. James Kendrick, Calgary, 8:20.42.

1,500 freestyle:
1. Karley Stutzel, Victoria, 16:20.78; 2. Kathryn Rosberg, Burnaby, B.C., 17:05.03; 3. Dana Armb, Edmonton, 17:05.78.

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