Louis Daignault (ISN)
July 19, 2013, POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. (ISN) – Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., appears to be gradually finding her groove again at the 2013 Summer Nationals after collecting her second gold medal in two days with a victory in the women’s 100-metre freestyle.
MacLean, a member of the 2012 Olympic team, won the race in 56.14 seconds with Michelle Williams of North York, Ont., second in 56.24 and Paige Kremer of Edmonton third in 56.26.
After a successful 2012 season, MacLean fell short on her bid to qualify for the Canadian team that is currently in Spain preparing for the FINA World Championships.
“It’s been a frustrating season,” said MacLean, the 200 freestyle winner on Wednesday. “I haven’t been able to find my stroke and I’m not sure why. I just want to finish the season on a high note and come back fresh for 2014 and get back on the national team.”
Other winners in women’s competition were Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., in the 100-m breaststroke, Breanne Siwicki of Winnipeg in the 400-m individual medley, Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., in the 50-m backstroke and Club CAMO of Montreal in the 4X200-m freestyle relay.
On the men’s side winners were: Bryce Kwiecen-Delaney of Oakville, Ont., in the 100-m freestyle, Nick Kostiuk of Edmonton in the 100-m breaststroke, Luke Reilly of Vancouver in the 400-m IM, Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 50-m backstroke and the Cascade Swim Club from Calgary in the 4X200-m freestyle relay.
For Kwiecen-Delaney it was his first senior title and he also secured a berth on the Canadian team for the FINA World Junior Championships August 26-31 in Dubai.
“This is pretty exciting for me,” said Kwiecen-Delaney who clocked a personal best in the preliminaries. “I was pretty surprised to win. My goal was to get a medal.”
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.
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