Nitski opens finals with two victories at Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships


WINDSOR, Ont. – Osvald Nitski of Hamilton won gold medals in Saturday’s first two finals at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships.

Nitski, competing in the men’s 16 and under age group, took the 400-m freestyle and followed shortly with another victory in the 100-metre butterfly. It was the 16-year-old’s second and third gold medals of the competition.

Matt Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., is also at three gold medals completing a sweep of three backstroke events in the 17 and over division including Saturday’s 200-metre race. He won the 50-m backstroke on Friday and the 100-m backstroke on Thursday.

“It was my fastest time this year and I’m really happy with that,” said Swanston. “We are in the midst of some heavy training and it’s not easy to go for it right from the start. In the prelims I just tried to build my race but in the final I got going quick.”

Canadian record

On the women’s side, Danika Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., collected her third gold winning the 15 and under women’s 100-metre butterfly. The 14-year-old clocked 59.09 to break the 13-14 national age group short course record of 59.32 set by national team member Noemie Thomas in 2010.

Danielle Hanus of Newmarket is keeping pace with Huizinga following a third victory this week in the 200-m backstroke.

Competition ends Sunday at the recently built Family Aquatic Complex. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

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Scott Harrigan
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