WINNIPEG – The Brothers brothers from Victoria are best known for their achievements in the distance freestyle events but Peter Brothers may be branching out a bit if he continues to win gold medals in the 200-m backstroke as he did on Wednesday to open the Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships.

‘’The backstroke has always been a pretty good event for me,’’ said Brothers following his victory in the 17-18 age group.

‘’No one sees me in the event but I hope I can make it really work out. I wasn’t able to match my personal best from last week at nationals but it was still a good race for me tonight.’’

Peter Brothers is tuning up for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships set for Aug. 27-31 in Hawaii. His older brother Will Brothers is currently in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and is also on the national team for the Pan Pacific Championships next month in Australia.

‘’Will’s performances are a great source of motivation,’’ said Peter Brothers.  ‘’I’m constantly pushing myself to be where he is.  We spend a lot time comparing times when I was his age.’’

It was also a big night for Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., who collected two national titles. Singh took top spot in the 14-year-old boys 100-m butterfly improving his personal best by three seconds to 56.99 and was second to Ireland’s Conor Ferguson in the 200-m backstroke with a another personal best 2:09.52. Last year he won eight gold medals in the 13-and-under age group

‘’It’s definitely going to be a big challenge for me this week in a new age group,’’ said Singh. ‘’The improvements I showed tonight are what I’ll need to do to be in the hunt for gold.  The big priority for me in training has been my underwater kick and the work I put into that is making a difference.’’

Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., posted an unusual double victory  in the boys 13-and-under category placing first in the 50-m breaststroke and 1500-m freestyle.

On the girls side, one of the top performances was delivered by Meryn McCann of Etobicoke, Ont., in the 200-m backstroke in the 15-year-old age group. She clocked the fastest time of all the competitors at 2:12.44 almost four seconds ahead of her closest pursuer in her race.

A total of 876 swimmers from 144 clubs are competing this week in 10 age groups overall. Nine of the 10 provinces as well as the Yukon have entries. There is also an international flavour with swimmers from Ireland, Hong Kong, Bermuda and England.
Competition continues through to Sunday at the Pan Am Pool. The open water races are on Monday.

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