WINNIPEG – Penny Oleksiak of the Toronto Swim Club dropped eight seconds off her personal best time in the girls 200-m butterfly and broke a national record in the 50-m freestyle at the Canadian Age Group Championships.
Oleksiak established her mark in the girls 50-m freestyle in the 14-year-old age group clocking 26.16 seconds. That eclipsed the previous 13-14 national age group mark of 26.26 set by Leah Meklensek at last week’s Canadian Swimming Championships.
A few minutes earlier, Oleksiak shocked herself winning the 200-m butterfly in 2:16.29 which was eight seconds better than her previous best time. The age group nationals and the Youth Dual Meet which follows here next week close out the 2013-14 season for Oleksiak.
‘’I never expected these performances at all,’’ said Oleksiak. ‘’I was actually pretty nervous for my races. But I’ve been training a lot harder this year and have gained a lot more confidence. It’s been a really good season and I want to keep the best times going into next year.’’
She is up to three individual gold medals so far. On Thursday she took the 100-m freestyle missing the 13-14 age group national mark by only 0.10 seconds.
Kelsey Wog kept the crowd happy with her victories in the girls 50-m freestyle and 100-m breaststroke in the 15-year-old age group. The Winnipeg swimmer set a personal best in the 50-m freestyle and also has three individual wins so far.
‘’I can’t believe I swam it that fast,’’ said Wog, about her 50-m free win. ‘’I used to breathe way too much in the race but tonight I was able to narrow it down to three breaths.’’
On the men’s side, Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., continued to dominate in the 13-and-under age group with victories in the 100-m breaststroke and 50-m freestyle for five gold medals so far. In the 14-year-old age group Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., is up to five national titles after day three with his victory in the 50-m freestyle.
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/