Fast start for Thomas and Bagshaw at Nationals

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SASKATOON – Noemie Thomas set a personal best in the 50-m butterfly and Jeremy Bagshaw swam the fastest 200-m freestyle by a Canadian this year on Wednesday to open the Canadian Swimming Championships at the Shaw Centre.

In the women’s 50-m butterfly, Thomas clocked 26.23 seconds bettering her previous best of 26.33 set last month at an international meet in Barcelona and bringing her closer to the national mark of 26.05 held by Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que.

  Savard and the rest of the Canadian team for the Commonwealth Games are currently in Europe.

The 18-year-old Thomas was a finalist in the 100 fly at the world championships last year but an ankle injured derailed her training this year and she fell short in her bid to make the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship teams at the Canadian Swimming Trials in April.

Samantha Corea of the University of British Columbia Dolphins in Vancouver was second in an impressive 26.49, ranking her fourth among the fastest Canadians all-time at the distance.

In the men’s 200-m freestyle, the Victoria-based Bagshaw clocked a personal best 1:48.72 eclipsing the 1:49.45 he swam last year. Stefan Milosevic of UBC was second in 1:49.73 and Aly Abdel-Khalik of Etobicoke Swimming third at 1:50.13.

Other winners in men’s competition were Eric Hedlin of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria in the men’s 800-m freestyle, Cameron Kidd of Brantford, Ont., in the 50-m butterfly, Adam Best of Edmonton in the 100-m backstroke and Ashton Baumann of Edmonton in the 200-m breaststroke.

The other women winners were Danica Ludlow of Victoria in the 200-m freestyle, Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., in the 100-m backstroke, Ashley McGregor of Pointe-Claire in the 200-m breaststroke and Samantha Harding of Winnipeg the 1500-m freestyle.

McGregor says missing a berth on the two major national teams this year is only going to make her better.

‘’That’s the way swimming goes sometimes,’’ said McGregor, 21. ‘’I had a rough trials and I’m trying to put that behind me now.  Something like that can give you a lot of motivation and I felt really good today.  My concentration was on and to get the win was very satisfying.’’

The UBC Dolphins with Milosevic, Luke Peddie, Heather MacLean and Thomas took the 4×100-m freestyle mixed relay.

Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014canswim/