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July 26,2014(ISN) – WINNIPEG – Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., and Kayla Sanchez of Ajax, Ont., are two
13-year-old swimmers who are leaving a strong impression this week at the Canadian
Age Group Championships being held at the Pan Am Pool.

In the boys 13-and-under age group, Young collected two more gold medals to bring
his week haul to seven. On Saturday, the 13-year-old took the 200-m freestyle and
the 200-m breaststroke to complete golden sweeps in the breaststroke and sprint
freestyles. He also won the 1500-m freestyle on opening night.

Young only started swimming at age nine and he was initially scared of putting his
face in the water.

”During the 2012 Olympics I would watch Michael Phelps swim every night before
going to bed and that has really motivated me to one day compete at the Games,”
said Young. ”I’ve worked really hard for my success this week so I feel I’ve
earned it. The big key for me has been the endurance training.”

In the girls 13-year-old age group, Kayla Sanchez of Ajax, Ont., now has four
national titles. She clocked a personal best 1:04.59 in the 100-m backstroke and
was second to Ireland’s Antoinette Neamt in the 200-m freestyle.

”I don’t feel I’m swimming at my best but I’m happy with the success so far,” said
Sanchez. ”I’ve developed a fear of hitting my head on the wall and it’s something
my coach and I have really worked on. I’ve taken a step in the right direction this
week.”

Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., established a second Canadian age group record this
week clocking 58.76 seconds in the boys 14-year-old 100-m backstroke. That eclipsed
the previous mark of 58.92 set by Olympian Tobias Oriwol in 2000. Singh has seven
national titles so far this week.

Pool competition ends Sunday at the Pan Am Pool. The open water races are on Monday
morning at St.Malo Provincial Park.

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