Thormeyer, Reason shine at Speedo Western Canadian Championships

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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Amanda Reason of Calgary and Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., each won two gold medals on Friday at the Speedo Western Canadian Swimming Championships.

Thormeyer collected his second and third gold medals of the competition with victories in the 16 and under age group 100-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke.

Also at three gold is Edwin Zhao of White Rock, B.C.

After wins in the 200-m freestyle and 800-m freestyle on Thursday night he prevailed again in the 400-m individual medley in the 16 and under age group.

It was also a big night for Ryder McGinnis of Edmonton who clocked a meet record 1:01.57 to win the 100-m breaststroke. Nick Kostiuk, also of Edmonton, held the previous mark set in 2010.

“I really did well on the things I wanted to improve,” said McGinnis, 16, who also bettered his personal best by two seconds. “The keys tonight were my breakouts.”

Reason, a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic team, was delighted with her victories in the 16 and over 100-m freestyle and the 100-m breaststroke.

“To get a sub 1:10 in the 100-breaststoke is like finding an old friend again,” said Reason. “It’s an event I’ve really struggled with lately. And to come within a half-second of my personal best in the 100-m freestyle shows the hard work is paying off.”

Jordan Andrusak of Victoria bettered her personal best by four seconds to win the 400-m IM I the 15 and under category.

“It was a painful race but I’m happy with the finish,” said Andrusak, 14. “My training has been going really well and I have to give credit to my teammates who have really pushed me.”

Competition continues through to Sunday at the Canada Games Pool. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. except on Sunday with finals at 5 p.m.

Full results at https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2014speedowestern/

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