B.C.’s Luke Reilly wins 400 IM showdown at Canada Games

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

August 5, 2013, SHERBROOKE, Que. (ISN) – Luke Reilly of Vancouver admitted he took a peak and double breathed on the last length but he felt it was necessary in an exciting gold medal performance in the men’s 400-m individual medley in swimming action at the Canada Games.

In all 10 events today, Canada Games records were lowered.

Reilly charged to the finish in four minutes and 24.26 seconds with Tristan Cote of Mississauga, Ont., second in 4:25.81 and Evan White of Oakville, Ont., third in 4:25.96.

“Of course I peaked at the others, I wanted to win,” said Reilly, 17. “My coach is probably going to get mad at me but I’m happy with the time I posted. There’ll always be thing I need to work on.”

The swimming competition here features most of the members of Canada’s team for the FINA World Junior Championships later this month in Dubai.

“We’re not fully prepared for the Games because we just had team trials, so we are hurting,” said Reilly. “But this is no ordinary swimming meet. These are my first multi-sport Games and it’s amazing how big they are. It’s been really cool.”

White, also headed to Dubai, was attempting a difficult double swimming both the 200-m butterfly and the 400-m IM. He won the 200 fly in 2:01.99 then 35 minutes later threatened for gold again.

“I knew this was going to be a difficult double about a month ago,” he said. “I was really happy with how I fared.”

Quebec swimmers produced two big upsets in women’s races for the biggest cheers of the night at the noisy Centre Sportif. Both winners were third in prelims and won the final out of lane three.

In the 50-metre breaststroke, Marie-Laurence Godin of Longueuil clocked 32.47 to surprise Erin Stamp of Guelph, Ont., in second at 32.69. Genevieve Robertson of Guelph was third in 33.13.

“I never expected that,” said Godin, 16. “My coach simply told me that my technique was fine and I just needed to go full out in the final. Erin was the one I was most worried about because of her experience in these situations.”

In the 200-m butterfly, Sophie Marois of St-Eustache, Que., withstood a powerful comeback from Breanne Siwicki of Winnipeg for the gold in 2:16.03. Siwicki followed in 2:16.18 and Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton was third in 2:16.35.

“I’m a bit surprised to win with that time because it wasn’t my best,” said Marois, 18. “My training really paid off. I wanted to get out fast and finish strong.”

Other winners were Yuri Kisil of Calgary and Victoria Chan of Toronto in the 100-m freestyle; Sergey Holson of West Vancouver in the men’s 50-m breaststroke and Emily Overholt, also of West Vancouver, in the women’s 400-m IM.

Ontario won both 4X50-m freestyle relay finals.

In the Para swimming 100-m breaststroke winners were Hannah Smith of Calgary and Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville, N.S.

In Special Olympics races winners were Cassidy Tran of Kingston, Ont., and Magnus Batara of Richmond, B.C., in the 50-m breaststroke; and Elliott Moskowy of Red Deer, Alta., and Miori Henault of Montreal in the 100-m freestyle.

Competition continues Tuesday.

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Luke Reilly of Vancouver admitted he took a peak and double breathed on the last length but he felt it was necessary in an exciting gold medal performance in the men’s 400-m individual medley in swimming action at the Canada Games.

In all 10 events today, Canada Games records were lowered.

Reilly charged to the finish in four minutes and 24.26 seconds with Tristan Cote of Mississauga, Ont., second in 4:25.81 and Evan White of Oakville, Ont., third in 4:25.96.

“Of course I peaked at the others, I wanted to win,” said Reilly, 17. “My coach is probably going to get mad at me but I’m happy with the time I posted. There’ll always be thing I need to work on.”

The swimming competition here features most of the members of Canada’s team for the FINA World Junior Championships later this month in Dubai.

“We’re not fully prepared for the Games because we just had team trials, so we are hurting,” said Reilly. “But this is no ordinary swimming meet. These are my first multi-sport Games and it’s amazing how big they are. It’s been really cool.”

White, also headed to Dubai, was attempting a difficult double swimming both the 200-m butterfly and the 400-m IM. He won the 200 fly in 2:01.99 then 35 minutes later threatened for gold again.

“I knew this was going to be a difficult double about a month ago,” he said. “I was really happy with how I fared.”

Quebec swimmers produced two big upsets in women’s races for the biggest cheers of the night at the noisy Centre Sportif. Both winners were third in prelims and won the final out of lane three.

In the 50-metre breaststroke, Marie-Laurence Godin of Longueuil clocked 32.47 to surprise Erin Stamp of Guelph, Ont., in second at 32.69. Genevieve Robertson of Guelph was third in 33.13.

“I never expected that,” said Godin, 16. “My coach simply told me that my technique was fine and I just needed to go full out in the final. Erin was the one I was most worried about because of her experience in these situations.”

In the 200-m butterfly, Sophie Marois of St-Eustache, Que., withstood a powerful comeback from Breanne Siwicki of Winnipeg for the gold in 2:16.03. Siwicki followed in 2:16.18 and Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton was third in 2:16.35.

“I’m a bit surprised to win with that time because it wasn’t my best,” said Marois, 18. “My training really paid off. I wanted to get out fast and finish strong.”

Other winners were Yuri Kisil of Calgary and Victoria Chan of Toronto in the 100-m freestyle; Sergey Holson of West Vancouver in the men’s 50-m breaststroke and Emily Overholt, also of West Vancouver, in the women’s 400-m IM.

Ontario won both 4X50-m freestyle relay finals.

In the Para swimming 100-m breaststroke winners were Hannah Smith of Calgary and Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville, N.S.

In Special Olympics races winners were Cassidy Tran of Kingston, Ont., and Magnus Batara of Richmond, B.C., in the 50-m breaststroke; and Elliott Moskowy of Red Deer, Alta., and Miori Henault of Montreal in the 100-m freestyle.

Competition continues Tuesday.

 

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