Swanston wins family’s first Canada Games gold

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

August 7, 2013, SHERBROOKE, Que (ISN) – Swimmer Jeffrey Swanston will have something to brag about when he returns home to Newmarket, Ont.: a Canada Games gold medal won on Tuesday evening in the 100-m backstroke.

It’s a feat his older brother Matthew, currently on the national team nor his father Allan Swanston were able to achieve in their swimming careers. Matthews did not compete at a Canada Games while Allan collected three silver at the 1977 Games in St. John’s N.L.

”My brother’s been a great competitor my whole life and being three years younger he was always ahead of me,” said Jeffrey Swanston, 19. ”But now we’re neck and neck and have now both gone 55 seconds in the 100 backstroke this summer.”

Swanston won Tuesday’s race in a Games record 55.88 with Joe Byram of Edmonton second in 56.63 and Markus Thormeyer of Victoria third in 56.64.

Games records were lowered in all events except the men’s and women’s 200-m breaststrokes.

Other winners in the men’s races were Teddy Kalp of North York, Ont., in the 400-m freestyle and Evan White of Oakville, Ont., in the 200-m breaststroke. It was a second individual win for both swimmers. Also Edward Liu of Toronto took the 50-m butterfly.

In women’s competition, 15-year-old Emily Overholt of West Vancouver smashed a 33-year-old Games mark with a powerful final length clocking 4:15.75 in the 400-m freestyle. Caitlin Hodge of Gatineau, Que., was second and Karyl Clarette of Winnipeg third.

”I was really happy with my swim tonight,” said Overholt, who also won the 400-m IM on Monday. ”I knew the situation on the last 50 and I just put my head down and went for it.”

Other winners in women’s competition were Kennedy Goss of Toronto in the 100-m backstroke, Erin Stamp of Guelph, Ont., in the 200-m breaststroke and Frederique Cigna of Montreal in the 50-m butterfly.

Ontario won both 4X100-m freestyle relays.

In Para-swimming the winners were Hannah Maclean of PEI and Cameron MacDonald of Manitoba in the 50-m backstroke; Alicia Denoon and Alexander Elliot, both of Ontario, in the 100-m backstroke; Claire McNally of Nova Scotia in the women’s 50-m butterfly; and Samantha Ryan of Saskatchewan and Elliot in the 100-m butterfly.

In Special Olympics races winners were Miori Henault of Quebec and Magnus Batara of B.C., in the 100-m backstroke.