Emily Overholt wins bronze at 2014 Victorian Open


MELBOURNE, Australia – Emily Overholt of West Vancouver won the bronze medal in the women’s 400-m individual medley as the 2014 Victorian Open Championships began Friday.

Overholt is part of the 15-member Canadian junior team, which is concluding a three-week camp at the competition.

Keryn McMaster led Australia to a 1-2 finish clocking four minutes and 41.21 seconds.

 Ellen Gandy was second in 4:41.41 and the 16-year-old Overholt followed at 4:45.18.

“It was a good race considering we are in the midst of some hard training,” said Overholt, who recorded her second fastest time ever in the event. “I went out very fast and it was definitely hard to maintain that pace the whole time.”
Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton was 10th.

Canada came within less than a second of another podium with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 4×100-m medley relay. Kennedy Goss of Toronto, Lili Margitai of Edmonton, Strydom and Paige Kremer of St. Albert, Alta., finished in 4:14.22. Australian teams swept the medals with the third place finishers stopping the clock at 4:13.37.

“The four of us know each other well so that really helped,” said Goss. “We were all on the world junior team last year. For me it was nice to have a split close to my best time after racing in two other events earlier in the day.”

Another Canadian foursome (Haley Black of Prince George, B.C.,  Sophie Marois of St-Eustache, Que., Frédérique Cigna of Montreal and Overholt) finished sixth. Cigna was also eighth in the women’s 50-m butterfly.
Competition continues through to Sunday.

Full results online at: http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/VIC/2014VicOpenChamps/

Scott Harrigan
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