Louis Daignault (ISN)
July 19, 2013, POINTE-CLAIRE, Que (ISN) – Warren Barnes of Toronto ended his swimming career as the Canadian champion in the men’s 50-metre breaststroke winning Friday’s race at the 2013 Summer Nationals.
Barnes clocked 28.25 seconds for the win with Andrew Poznikoff of Burnaby, B.C., second at 28.46 and Jake Armstrong of London, Ont., third at 28.69.
”I couldn’t picture a better way of going out,” said Barnes 28, who represented Canada at the 2009 World University Games, the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships and world short course championships and the 2011 Pan Am Games. ”After talking with coaches and family recently I had decided it was best for me to move on to my next career.”
Barnes will follow a family tradition and pursue a career as a firefighter, He is a graduate in political science and communication at the University of Pittsburgh.
”I wouldn’t change a thing in my swimming career,” he said. ”I had some great experience, went all over the world and met some wonderful people.”
Other winners in men’s competition were: Keegan Zanatta of Victoria in the 400-m freestyle, Gamal Assaad of Oakville, Ont., in the 100-m butterfly, Matthew Myers of Toronto in the 200-m backstroke and Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club in the 4X100-m freestyle relay.
Assaad also earned a berth on Canada’s team for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships August 26-31 in Dubai. There are 28 spots up for grabs this week.
”This is unbelievable,” said Assaad, who clocked a personal best 25.87. ”I really worked hard for this after falling short for the Junior Pan Pacific team last year. The support I got from teammates today is what really helped me win that race.”
In women’s competition, 2012 Olympian Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., collected her third gold of the meet prevailing in the 100-metre butterfly.
Other winners in women’s competition were Alexandra Aitchison, a Canadian who resides in Phoenix, in the 400-m freestyle, Annie Harrison of Oakville, Ont., in the 200-m backstroke, Rebecca Terejko of Brantford, Ont., in the 50-m breaststroke and Montreal’s Club CAMO in the 4X100-m freestyle relay.
In all 98 clubs and 411 swimmers are competing at the annual event.
Competition ends Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
More information: www.swimming.ca