SASKATOON – Fourteen-year-old Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., neared the national record in her age group on Thursday in her victory in the women’s 400-metre individual medley at the Canadian Swimming Championships.

Harvey, who already holds two Canadian records in the 13-14 age group, clocked a personal best four minutes and 50.79 seconds just missing the 4:50.64 set by national team member Emily Overholt of West Vancouver in 2012.

Overholt and the rest of her teammates are in Europe preparing for the Commonwealth Games.

Samantha Harding was second in 4:51.39 and Vanessa Treasure of Toronto third in 4:51.96.

‘’I had a mediocre swim in the preliminaries and I knew I had to pick-up my game for the final,’’ said Harvey, the 200-m butterfly and 200-IM national record holder in the 13-14 age group. ‘’I had a strong second half in the final and I know if I can improve my butterfly I could perhaps get the record at the age group nationals (next week in Winnipeg).’’

Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria produced his second victory and second personal best of the competition with a win in the men’s 100-metre freestyle in 50.49 seconds. On Wednesday, Bagshaw clocked the fastest time this year by a Canadian in his 200-m freestyle win.

‘’I was a bit disappointed not to make the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific teams,’’ said Bagshaw, 22. ’So I’ve come here to try and put times that could hold up well at those competitions. The big area I’ve improved here are my turns and my underwater push off the wall.’’

Other winners in men’s competition were Sergey Holson of Vancouver in the 100-m breaststroke, Alec Page of the High Performance Centre – Victoria in the 400-m IM and Jeffrey Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 50-m backstroke.

The other women victors were Caroline Lapierre-Lemire of Pointe-Claire, Que., in the 100-m freestyle, Fiona Doyle of Calgary in the 100-m breaststroke and Marie-Pier Couillard of Levis, Que., in the 50-m backstroke.

‘’This is the first meet this year that I feel really comfortable,’’ said Lapierre-Lemire.  ‘’My training coming into this competition was really strong and I felt no stress.  There’s a great atmosphere right now with our group and it’s made a big difference.’’

The Island Swimming Club and Edmonton Keyano won the men’s and women’s 4×200-m freestyle relays.

Competition continues through to Saturday at the Shaw Centre.

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

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