April 19, 2014, SYDNEY, Australia (ISN) – Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., and Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., highlighted a five-medal Saturday to conclude a successful Canadian tour at the Australian Age Swimming Championships.
The 12-member squad ended the six-day meet with 30 medals.
The big individual star was Harvey, who notched her seventh gold medal with a victory in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke for 14-year-olds. Harvey won easily in a personal best 2:31.79.
This week Harvey also took gold in the 200-m IM, 100-m butterfly, 200-m backstroke, 200-m butterfly, 100-m backstroke and 400-m IM. She was also second in the 100-m breaststroke and third in the 800-m freestyle for nine medals overall.
“That first win this week in the 200 IM gave me a lot of confidence,” said Harvey. “I knew that was a sign that my training had gone well. Still my best memory of this meet will be being with the team and having the opportunity to race against different swimmers.”
Thormeyer collected his second victory with a comeback performance in 200-m backstroke for 16-year-olds. He was fifth at the halfway mark but roared back to finish first in a personal best 2:03.39, just 0.06 seconds ahead of Tristan Ludlow of Australia. Javier Acevedo of Scarborough, Ont., was 10th.
“I was a bit surprised I did so well because I wasn’t feeling good in warm-up,” said Thormeyer. “The coach told me to go out with speed but that could have been better. I knew I was behind and I had to pick it up in the back end of the race. When I finished I didn’t think I had won.”
Two Canadians were on the podium in the women’s 200-m backstroke for 16-year-olds. Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg took silver in a personal 2:12.84 for her first medal of the competition while Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., was third in 2:14.44 for her sixth medal. Amy Forrester of Australia was first in 2:11.00.
“The 200-m back is my best event so I was anxious about racing it all week,” said Glover. “I bettered my time by more than two seconds and that’s because I’ve improved my overall technique.”
Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg added a bronze in the 200-m individual medley for 15-year-olds.
Olivia Anderson was seventh in the 200-m freestyle for 14-year-olds.