WINNIPEG – The Oakville (Ont.) Aquatic Club dethroned Etobicoke (Ont.) Swimming for top spot overall on Sunday at the Canadian Age Group Championships.
Oakville collected 1,316 points at the five-day competition edging Etobicoke which followed in second at 1,274. Pointe-Claire Swim Club, second overall last year, was third at 1,108.
In the women’s team standings, Oakville was also first at 697 followed by the Mississauga Aquatic Club at 612 and the University of Victoria – Pacific Coast Swimming at 561.
‘’It was exciting for us to win the two titles,’’ said Oakville’s age group coach Cathy Purdy. ‘’We often talk about our potential to be one of the top clubs in the country. This month with so much going on we asked our swimmers to go out there and do their best every day.’’
Etobicoke did top the men’s team standings at 822 followed by Oakville at 619 and Pointe-Claire in third at 550. The Olympium pool where Etobicoke Swimming trains is undergoing renovations and has not been accessible for 14 months which has forced the swimmers to train at various facilities.
‘’Our kids had a lot of challenges this year with the pool situation so it is really satisfying to come out and do so well,’’ said Etobicoke Swimming’s head coach Kevin Thorburn.
In boys individual competition, Joshua Young of Red Deer, Alta., and Tai Long Singh of Delta, B.C., completed the competition with nine national titles apiece in the 13 and under and 14-year-old categories.
Young added victories Sunday in the 200-m individual medley and 400-m freestyle. Singh also took the 200-IM and 50-m butterfly. He also lowered two national age group marks this week.
On the girls side, Kayla Sanchez collected six national titles on the week finishing second to Irish swimmers in the 13-year-old 200-m IM and 400-m freestyle on Sunday. Ellie Maradyn of Edmonton and Penny Oleksiak of Toronto both collected five gold.
In the 12-and-under category, Maradyn took the 200-m IM and 400-m freestyle on Sunday while Oleksiak captured a fifth gold in the 14-year-old 50-m butterfly.
The open water races are on Monday morning at St.Malo Provincial Park.
Female High Point Aggregate: Ellie Maradyn, Edmonton Keyano (12-and-under age group); Kayla Sanchez, Ajax Swimming (13-year-old age group); Penny Oleksiak, Toronto Swim Club (14); Danika Huizinga, Ajax Swimming (15); Danielle Hanus, Newmarket Stingrays (16-18)
Male High Point Aggregate: Joshua Young, Red Deer Catalina Swim Club (13-and-under age group); Tai Long Singh, Winskill Dolphins Swim Club (14-year-old age group); Colin Gilbert, Kamloops Classic Swimming (15), Markus Thormeyer, Winskill Dolphins Swim Club (16); Tristan Cote, Etobicoke Swimming
Full results: https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2014cagc/