Quebec teenager sparkles at Canadian Swimming Championships

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July 17,2014(ISN) – 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).”

Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria produced his second victory and second personal best of
the competition with a victory 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 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 4X200-m
freestyle relays.

Competition continues through to Saturday at the Shaw Centre.

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