Four more golds for Canadian youth Down Under

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SYDNEY, Australia – Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., each collected an individual gold medal then helped Canada to victory in the 4×100-m freestyle relay on Wednesday at the Australian Age Group Swimming Championships.

Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., was also a victor as Canada’s 12-member tour enjoyed its most productive day so far with seven top-three finishes for a total of 16 medals after three days of competition.

Harvey collected her fourth win, clocking 2:16.41 in the 200-m butterfly for the 14-year-old age group. She charged back from fourth place after the turn to edge Laura Taylor of Australia, second in 2:16.92.

In the 16-year-old women’s backstroke, Hanus and Amy Forrester of Australia tied for top spot at 1:02.28. Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg was fourth.

“I could see the Australian out of the corner of my eye but I didn’t expect that close a finish,” said Hanus. “It was pretty cool.  I was hoping for a better time but overall it was a good race.”

In the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, Georgia Kidd of St. Albert, Alta., Harvey, Hanus and Meryn McCann of Burlington, Ont., placed first in 3:49.86 edging an Australian foursome by less than half a second.

In the men’s 16-year-old backstroke, Thormeyer produced a strong finish for his first gold of the competition in 56.29. Nic Groenewald of Australia was second in 56.50 and Javier Acevedo of Scarborough, Ont., third in 57.33.

“It was just over my best time but still pretty good,” said Thormeyer. “In the preliminaries I didn’t go out and race properly so I wanted to come back strong in the final. I went for it right from the start and had a good strategy.”

Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg got Canada off to a great start with a silver medal in the women’s 15-year-old 100-m breaststroke, the first final of the night. Wog clocked 1:11.17 with Ella Bond of Australia winning in 1:09.79.

Hanus was also third in the 400-m individual medley in a personal best 4:54.05 just 0.12 seconds from second place. Thormeyer took seventh in the men’s 400 IM.

Competition continues through to Saturday.

Full results at: http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2014Age/

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