Golden day for Harvey and Anderson in Australia

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SYDNEY, Australia – Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., led Canada to another four-medal performance Tuesday at the Australian Age Group Swimming Championships.

Canada has sent a 12-member tour for the week-long competition and has collected nine medals after two days.

Harvey stepped on the podium twice for the second straight day, which included a gold in the 200-m backstroke.

Olivia Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., added a win in the 800-m freestyle and Javier Acevedo of Scarborough, Ont., took silver in the men’s 50-m freestyle.

In the women’s 14-year-old 200-m backstroke, Harvey beat her closest pursuer by more than two seconds for the victory in 2:19.50.

Anderson notched her victory in a thrilling 14-year-old 800-metre freestyle clocking 8:53.55 for her second medal of the competition. Laura Taylor of Australia stayed on Anderson’s tail the entire race but wasn’t able to catch up and took second spot in 8:53.61. Harvey notched her second medal of the night placing third in 9:00.36.

“It’s been a great experience so far at this competition,” said Anderson. “The atmosphere at the venue is really incredible.  This event is a big deal here.  Our biggest worry coming down here was adapting quickly to the time change but we are feeling more and more comfortable every day.”

In the men’s 16-year-old 50-metre freestyle Vincent Dai of Australia was the victor in 23.09 with Acevedo second in 23.60. It was Acevedo’s second medal of the competition. On Monday he edged Dai for gold in the 100-m freestyle.

The other Canadian male finallists were Christian Ng of Unionville, Ont., fourth in the 17-18 400-m individual medley, and Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., 10th in the 16-year-old 400-m freestyle.

Other finallists for the women were Meryn McCann of Burlington, Ont., sixth in the 15-year-old 100-m freestyle and Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., sixth in the 16-year-old 100-m breaststroke.

Competition continues through to Saturday.
Full results at: http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2014Age/

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