Zakala, Lawrance among winners at age group nationals

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July 29,2014(ISN) – WINNIPEG – With five days of racing under their belts, Josh Zakala of Kelowna, B.C.,
and Erin Lawrance of Victoria found the energy to win their respective five
kilometre open water events on Monday to conclude the Canadian Age Group
Championships swimming competition.

Zakala took the boys 16-year-old age group gold in 43 minutes and 32 seconds at the
St.Malo Provincial Park venue. Dumitru Lunga of Etobicoke Swimming was second in
43:38.13 and Brian Palaschuk of Regina was third in 43:40.87.

”Happy but tired,” said Zakala, the 1500-m freestyle, 800-m freestyle and the
200-m individual medley winner in the pool portion of the competition. ”I
maintained a consistent race. The sighting was hard at times and I tended to go off
course. ”

Zakala is preparing for the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships set for
August 28-30 in Eilat, Israel.

The other winners in boys competition included Benito Di Nizio of Etobicoke in the
14-year-old age group, Ethan Phillips of Kamloops in the 15-year-olds and Tim
Woinoski of Burnaby, B.C., in the 17-18 category.

In the girls 14-year-old five kilometre race, Lawrance took top spot in one hour and
11 minutes and 37 seconds. Mélanie Imbeau of Montreal was second in 1:12:01.90 and
Sydney Haygarth of Regina third in 1:13:16.71.

”This is something I’ve waited for a long time to accomplish,” said Lawrance, who
started open water swimming at age 10. ”I made sure not to use too much energy in
the first half of the race. At the third lap I decided to go for it.”

Other girls winners included Isabel Sarty of Halifax in the 15-year-old category and
Jane MacDougall of Winnipeg in the 16-18 age group. Madison Archer took the girls
12 and under 2.5 kilometre.

Racing resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday for the age group swimmers with the
inaugural Youth Dual Meet at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg.

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