Perfect medal set for Danika Huizinga at Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships


WINDSOR, Ont. – Danika Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., won the first final of the night en route to a three-medal performance to open the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships in swimming.

Huizinga took gold in the 15 and under age group 50-metre butterfly, silver in the 200-metre freestyle and completed her set with bronze in the 100-m backstroke.

She bettered her personal best time by three seconds in the 200-metre freestyle clocking 2:02.15 finishing second to Marie-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., who was first in 2:01.42.

‘’The 200 free is definitely the swim I am most happy about even though I placed second,’’ said Huizinga, whose main goal this season is to compete at the Youth Olympics this summer in China.

‘’I was really able to step it up a notch and I nailed my breakouts. I was also happy with my 50-m fly. I made no mistakes and swam the way I wanted.’’

One of the stars on the men’s side was Adrian VanderHelm of Barrie, Ont., who collected gold in the 17 and over 200-m freestyle and silver in the 50-m butterfly.

‘’It was a pretty good performance for me in the 200-free considering I am not fully prepared,’’ said VanderHelm. ‘’I worked the walls really well and met my stroke rate goals. Now I hope I can translate these performances in the long course pool later this season.’’

The Windsor Essex Swim Team thrilled the home crowd with a victory in the women’s 4X100-m freestyle relay.

Competition continues through to Sunday at the recently built Family Aquatic Complex. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day except Sunday with finals set for 5 p.m. Windsor will host the 2016 FINA Word Short Course Championships.

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