Comeback victory for McCann at Australian Age Nationals


SYDNEY, Australia – Meryn McCann roared back from sixth spot at the turn for her second individual gold at the Australian Age Swimming Championships.

The Burlington, Ont., native clocked 1:03.28 to edge Monique Rae of Australia (1:03.63) to win gold in the women’s 100-m backstroke for 15-year-olds Thursday. Australian Shayna Jack was third in 1:04.19 and Ingrid Wilm of Calgary was fourth in 1:04.66.

“It was OK,” said McCann. “I was feeling a little tired and the girls were coming out fast. Despite being behind early I felt I improved on my first 20 metres. The start of my race is something I’ve been working on a lot.”

Canada’s 12-member tour added five more medals at the competition Thursday to bring its total to 20.

Meanwhile, Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg lowered her personal best by five seconds to win the silver medal in the 15-year-old 400-m individual medley in 4:56.79. Chelsey Gubecka of Australia took gold in 4:51.40.

“My biggest improvement came in the butterfly and backstroke legs of the race,” said Wog, also a silver medallist in the 100-m breaststroke this week. “I just paced myself better in those two strokes.”

Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., added to her impressive medal haul, taking a silver in the 14-year-old 200-m breaststroke. After four days of competition, Harvey has five gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Olivia Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., (400-m freestyle for 14-year-olds) and Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., (400-m IM for 15-year-olds) each picked up a bronze.

“I was trying to focus primarily on my turns,” said Anderson, who clocked a personal best 4:20.44. “I had a good middle section in my race which is an area I had been struggling with.”

Georgia Kidd of St. Albert, Alta., was fourth in the women’s 16-year-old 200-m freestyle while for the men Javier Acevedo of Scarborough, Ont., was eighth in the 16-year-old 200-m freestyle and Christian Ng of Unionville, Ont., ninth in the 17-18 400-m IM.

The meet concludes on Saturday. Full results at:

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