Double victories for North Vancouvers Philpotts and Winnipegs Vanlandeghem at Age Group Nationals

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MONTREAL– Charlotte Philpotts of North Vancouver and Chantal Vanlandeghem of Winnipeg posted two more wins each on Sunday at the 2009 Canadian Age Group Championships being held this week at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Philpotts, swimming in the 13 and under age group, earned victories in the 400 metre individual medley and 50 butterfly while Vanlandeghem posted victories in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly in the 15 and under division.

Sunday’s races concluded the pool portion of the competition. An open water event is scheduled at the Olympic rowing basin on Monday morning. Two of the big stars in the pool were Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont., who collected five individual gold and Marnie Oldershaw of Oakville with four individual gold and one relay victory.

Seeman, an Olympic team member last year, concluded her meet with a victory in the 400-metre individual medley in the 16-18 age group. It was an unusual race for Seeman. While standing on the starting blocks she adjusted her cap and it split right down the middle.

“I swam the entire race with my hair in my face,” said Seeman, 16, who clocked 4:49.53 in the race. “But when I dove in I just thought this is the situation and I went for it anyway. The highlight for me this week was my 200 IM, I hadn’t had a personal best in it for awhile.”

Oldershaw ended her competition with a golden performance in the 400 IM in the 14 and under category.

“I was really close to my personal best time,” said Oldershaw, whose cousin Mark Oldershaw in a star paddler with the Canadian national canoe and kayak team. “I was happy considering we’ve just completed back-to-back meets. My goal is to get the national record in my age group and I still have a couple of opportunities to do that later this summer.”

Ken McKinnon, Swimming Canada’s National Junior Coach, was impressed with the performances of Canada’s top young swimmers, many of whom also competed the previous weekend at the world championship team trials.

“We saw some really solid performances and a lot of exciting races,” said McKinnon. “The kids in the junior and development programs did a heck of job. They’ve been here the last two weeks and they swam hard every single day.”

More than 1,500 swimmers from across Canada are entered at the competition.

Full results at www.swimming.ca

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