Etobicoke’s Tasha Truscott breaks national age group record in golden performance at North American Challenge Cup

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EDMONTON – Tasha Truscott of the Etobicoke Swim Club broke the national age group record in the girls 100-metre butterfly for the second time this year on Thursday in a gold medal performance at the North American Challenge Cup swimming competition.

Canada is fielding a 64-member team for the event which also includes swimmers from the U.S., and Mexico battling for medals in four junior age groups for men and women.

Truscott broke the record in the 13-14 age group clocking 1:01.12 to eclipse her previous mark of 1:02.31 set in February. Chantal Vanladeghem of Winnipeg was second in 1:01.43 and Marissa Neel of the U.S., third in 1:05.23.

‘’I was just determined to get it again,’’ said Truscott, 14, who swims for the Etobicoke Swim Club. ‘’In my race tonight I had a great start and my turns and dolphins kick were very strong.’’

Truscott started swimming at age eight and was directed to the butterfly as her specialty by her coach Rob Masson, a former Canadian national team swimmer.

‘’He has really helped me develop my stroke and taught me how to really go for it,’’ said Truscott, who hopes to challenge for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. ‘’I go into every race believing I can get the record.’’

It was also a big night for Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse who sliced three seconds off her personal best time in her 200-metre breaststroke win in the 15-16 age group. She clocked 2:31.57 for the victory with Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., second in 2:33.85 and Tory Houston of the U.S., third.

‘’I was really surprised with the time,’’ said Pasloski. ‘’I really picked it up in the last 100. I’ve been racing against Chelsey for a long time so I knew I had to keep pace with her to have a chance to win.’’

It’s been one of the busiest summers in recent memory for Pasloski and several other junior and developmental team members. Other competitions have include the summer nationals and age group nationals, and at the international level, the world juniors and Tri Nations Cup held last week in Quebec City.

‘’I haven’s been home in a month and that’s the longest I’ve been away for swimming,’’ said Bronwyn, a member of the Tri Nations Cup team. ‘’It’s really helped my swimming. You face different competition at each meet and get a really good perspective on how you’re performing and what you need to do to improve.’’

Competition continues through to Saturday.

Full results at: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/08NACC/index.htm

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