July 19,2014(ISN) – SASKATOON – Danica Ludlow of Victoria upset an Olympian for a second time this week
for gold and Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., swam the fastest time by a Canadian
this year in the 50-m breaststroke to highlight Friday’s action at the Canadian
Ludlow clocked four minutes and 16.01 seconds to edge Vancouver’s Savannah King by a
mere 0.01 seconds. On Wednesday, the 17-year-old Ludlow beat Montreal’s Barbara
Jardin to the wall in the 200-m freestyle.
”Savannah and Barbara are swimmers that I really look up to and it was exciting to
get the win again tonight,” said Ludlow, 17. ”I really had no idea how close it
was. I just put my head down on the final length and went for it. I felt very
positive going to race and I knew I had a chance.”
Nicol clocked 31.16 seconds in the women’s 50-m breaststroke which also ranks her
third all-time in Canada behind Olympians Amanda Reason and Annamay Pierse. Fiona
Doyle of the University of Calgary Swim Club was second in 31.49 and Rebecca Terejko
of Brantford, Ont., third at 31.67.
Other winners in women’s competition were Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., in the
100-m butterfly, Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., in the 200-m backstroke and
Edmonton Keyano in the 4X100-m freestyle relay.
It was also a second victory for Bouchard who is tuning up for next month’s Pan
Pacific Championships in Australia.
”It was faster than my time at the trials (in April) so I’m happy with that
especially that I’m not fully rested for this meet,” said Bouchard. ”It gives me
a lot confidence. My front end speed was much better and that’s something I really
want to build on towards the Pan Pacs.”
On the men’s side, Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria collected his third gold of the
competition with a victory in the 400-m freestyle. He also won the 100-m freestyle
on Thursday and 200-m freestyle on Wednesday.
Other winners in men’s competition were Matthew Dans of Ottawa in the 100-m
butterfly, Matthew Myers of Toronto in the 200-m backstroke, Sergey Holson of
Vancouver in the 50-m breaststroke and Island Swimming in the 4X100-m freestyle