WINNIPEG – Javier Acevedo and Danika Huizinga, both of Ajax (Ont.) Swimming, continued to polish their skills for international events with two gold medals apiece on Thursday at the Canadian Age Group Championships.
Huizinga, who will compete at the Youth Olympic Games and the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in August, collected victories in the 400-m individual medley (4:54.62) and the 50-m backstroke (29.31) in the girls 15-year-old age group.
‘’The 50-m backstroke was my last event tonight and I wanted to finish with a bang,’’ said Huizinga, who has set personal bests in her five events so far this week. ‘’The 400 IM was more of a mental race for me and it was the first time in a while I had gone 4:54 in the race.’’
Acevedo, a member of the Youth Olympic squad as well, earned his first two wins of the meet placing first in the 16-year-old 100-m freestyle (51.17) and 50-m backstroke (26.77).
‘’The 100 freestyle was the most satisfying of my two wins,’’ said Acevedo. ‘’I made a mistake on my turn but I was able to gain control of the race with a strong last length. For the 50 backstroke I’ve been working on a new technique and it’s been good so far.’’
Both swimmers are excited about their international assignments.
‘’Javier and I have trained through the nationals and the age groups,’’ said Huizinga. ‘’We’ve worked so hard and we know we’ll be ready.’’
Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., is now up to four national titles in the boys 14-year-old age, group placing second to Ireland’s Conor Ferguson in the 50-m backstroke and winning the 100-m freestyle. Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., notched a third gold, winning the boys 13-and-under 100-m freestyle.
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.
Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014cagc/