SASKATOON – Chris Manning’s road to the world championships crossed another checkpoint on Sunday at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships as he lowered a second meet record in the breaststroke.
Manning, who races for W. Ross Macdonald Swimming, clocked 1:01.20 for the 100-metre breaststroke gold and lowered the previous championship record of 1:01.32 set by Sean Nugent in 2010.
“I’m pretty happy, that’s the number I was shooting for,” said Manning. “The hard work I’ve been putting in at home with my coaches has really paid off. It keeps me on my path towards my main goal which is to make the world championship team.”
Manning’s next big competition is the World Championships Trials April 3-6 in Victoria.
Other winners Sunday in men’s junior competition were: Kier Maitland of Keyano in the 200-m freestyle in 1:48.41; Joel Greenshields of Cascade Swim Club in the 50-m backstroke in 26.21; David Dimitrov of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club in the 200-m individual medley in 2:01.39; Rohan Jacobs of Liquid Lightning in the 100-m butterfly in 54.09 and Edwin Zhao of the Pacific Sea Wolves in the 1,500-m freestyle in 15:52.70.
In women’s junior competition, Breanne Siwicki of MANTA was the star of the meet adding two more gold for six overall. On Sunday she was first in the 200-m IM in 2:16.31 and the 800-m freestyle in 8:45.37. She also posted wins in the 200-m butterfly and 200-m backstroke on Saturday, the 400-m IM on Friday and the 1,500-m freestyle on Thursday.
“I’m tired,” said Siwicki, who swam in five events on Sunday. “I’m pretty positive with my week’s work.”
Other junior women winners were Haley Black of the Prince George Barracudas in the 50-m backstroke in 29.04 and the 100-m butterfly in 1:00.81; Karyl Clarete of MANTA in the 200-m freestyle in 2:01.04 and Esther Gonzalez of Olympian Swim Club in the 100-m breaststroke in 1:10.66.
Meanwhile in men’s youth competition, Anthony Lyons of the Cascade Swim Club collected his fifth and sixth gold medals with wins in the 200-metre freestyle in 1:49.59 and the 100-m butterfly in 56.44. He also won this week the 100-m freestyle and 400-m freestyle on Saturday and the 50-m freestyle and 50-m butterfly on Friday.
Other winners were Ryder McGinnis of Keyano in the 100-m breaststroke in 1:03.73; Brandon De Costa of RAPID in the 50-m backstroke in 26.11; Matthew Whiteside of Keyano in the 200-m IM in 2:06.85; and Josh Zakala of the Kelowna Aquajets in the 1,500-m freestyle in 16:26.41.
Lili Margitai of Keyano collected wins in the 200-m freestyle in 2:01.24 and 100-m butterfly in 1:00.39 to finish the week with five gold. Other winners were Eva Nagy of the Canadian Dolphins Swim Club in the 100-m breaststroke in 1:10.72; Ingrid Wilm of Cascade in the 50-m backstroke in 28.91; Emily Overholt of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club in the 200-m IM in 2:18.24 and Sophia Saroukian of Keyano in the 800-m freestyle in 8:52.34.
“My best races were the 50-m and 100-m butterflies,” said Margitai. “I dropped my previous best times by a lot.”
This week’s competition was held at the Shaw Centre.
Youth Female FINA High Point – Emily Overholt, West Vancouver Otters Swim Club 787 points 400 free 4:14.36
Open Female FINA High Point – Breanne Siwicki MANTA Swim Club 795 points 400 IM 4:41.78
Youth Female Aggregate Award – Lili Margitai Edmonton Keyano Swim Club 27 points
Open Female Aggregate Award – Breanne Siwicki MANTA Swim Club 33 points
Youth Male FINA High Point – Anthony Lyons CASCADE Swim Club 745 200 free 1:49.59
Open Male FINA High Point – Kier Maitland Edmonton Keyano Swim Club 825 400 Free 3:46.81
Youth Male Aggregate Award – Anothony Lyons Cascade Swim Club 30 points
Open Male Aggregate Award – Chris Manning W Ross MacDonald Swimming 22 points
Combined team score – Olympian Swim Club 1,480 points.
Full results are available at: http://results.teamunify.com/cansgsc/