SYDNEY, Australia – Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., collected her fifth and sixth individual gold medals on Friday while Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., also made two trips to the podium at the Australian Age Swimming Championships.
Harvey earned decisive victories in both the 100-m backstroke and 400-m individual medley for 14-year-olds. In the 400 IM, her time was a personal best 4: 51.22 with Rebecca Cross of Australia second in 4:57.95 and Olivia Anderson of Mississauga, Ont.
“It was really exciting for me to improve my time by a big margin,” said Harvey. “The big difference is in my backstroke. It was always my worst stroke but it has really improved a lot. That also showed in the 100 back in which I started out a lot stronger. I’m really surprised to win this many medals but it shows my training is on the right track.”
Hanus was involved in a close battle for gold in the 100-m butterfly for 16-years-olds. Jemma Schlicht of Australia held on for the victory in 1:00.93 to withstand a strong finish by Hanus who clocked a personal best 1:01.12. Georgia Kidd of St. Albert, Alta., was ninth.
“It was close but I’m really pleased to get a best time,” said Hanus.“It was probably my turn that was the best part of my race.”
Hanus was also third in the 200-m IM and has now collected five individual medals this week.
The six-day meet concludes on Saturday. The 12-member Canadian tour team has now compiled 25 medals.
“It is definitely a longer meet than we are used to but this is what we prepare for,” said Anderson. “It’s been a very valuable experience. Things didn’t go as well as I wanted after the team trials and this was a great opportunity to go out and improve.”
Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg was fourth in the 15-year-old 200-m breaststroke and Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., seventh in the men’s 16-year-old 100-m butterfly.
Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/2014AustralianAgeChampionships