July 24,2014(ISN) – 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 August
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.