POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. – Emily Overholt of West Vancouver and Stefan Milosevic of Coquitlam, B.C., were determined to secure their spots on Canada’s world junior team on the first day of races at the 2013 Summer Nationals swimming competition.
Overholt took the women’s 200-metre butterfly in two minutes and 13.76 seconds. Sophie Marois of Quebec City followed in 2:14.66 and Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que.
‘’I was just off my best time but making the world junior team was the main goal,’’ said Overholt. ‘’It’s what I have been training for all year. I’m really excited about it, it’s going to be a great experience.’’
The FINA World Juniors are August 26-31 in Dubai. Canada is looking to qualify 28 swimmers this week.
Other winners in women’s competition included Sherry Partel of Mississauga, Ont., in the 50-m butterfly, Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., in the 200-m freestyle and Sydney Pickrem of Halifax in the 100-m backstroke.
The men’s 200-m freestyle was much closer with Milosevic prevailing in a personal best 1:51.18 to gain his ticket for Dubai. David Woodman of Calgary was second in 1:51.23 and Teddy Kalp of North York, Ont., was third in 1:51.42.
‘’The 200-freestyle was my best chance to make the team,’’ said Milosevic. ‘’Even though I had other races, I wanted to get it over with so I can could race the rest of the meet without any pressure.’’
Other winners in men’s competition were Kier Maitland of Edmonton in the 800-m freestyle, Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., in the 50-m butterfly, Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 100-m backstroke and Evan White of Oakville, Ont., in the 200-m butterfly.
In all 98 clubs and 411 swimmers are competing at the annual event.
Competition starts each day 10 a.m. with preliminaries and finals at 6 p.m.
Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2013summernationals/index.html