Louis Daignault (ISN)
July 26, 2013, MONTREAL (ISN) – Osvald Nitski of Hamilton came within a half second of his personal best time on Friday in a convincing victory in the boys 15 and under 200-m butterfly at the 2013 Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships.
Nitski clocked two minutes and 04.70 seconds and finished three seconds ahead of his closest pursuer for his second victory and third medal overall at the competition.
”It was alright, right now I’m just trying to hold on to my taper,” said Nitski, who competed last week at the Summer Nationals in Pointe-Claire. ”It’s been a challenge to swim at back-to-back meets, I prefer to have some training in between.”
Like several swimmers here this week, Sophie Marois of St-Jerome, Que., is tuning up for the Canada Games which get underway in two weeks in Sherbrooke, Que. She collected her first victory and second medal here winning the 200-m butterfly in the women’s 16-18 age group.
”I came back very strong in the second half of the race and that’s what got me the win,” said Marois. ”My preparations are going very well for the Games and it’s going to be very exciting. I’m hoping to have more success.”
One of the big stars of the meet so far is 12-year-old Yang Ray of Etobicoke, Ont., who lowered his second national record in the 11-12 age group with his victory in the 200-me butterfly. He had set the standard earlier this year at 2:15.80.
”My goal was to break those records again,” said Ray, lowered the 100-m butterfly record on Wednesday. ”My second length tonight was the best part of my race.”
More than 900 athletes from 159 clubs are competing in the 12 and under, 13 and under, 15 and under and 16-18 age groups for the girls and the 13 and under, 14 and under, 15 and under, 16 and under and 17-18 age group for the boys.
Competition in the pool continues until Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. The open water races are set for July 29 at the nearby Olympic rowing basin at 9 a.m.