July 29,2014(ISN) – WINNIPEG – Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., posted three individual wins on Tuesday
to open the inaugural Youth Dual Meet swimming competition and help keep Team West
in contention for top spot at the short course event.
Team East holds the lead after day one of two with 581 points while Team West is
second at 515. There were 44 races and the East won 23 of them.
The competition targets Canada’s top youth and prospect age swimmers. The youth age
for the boys is 16-17 and prospects 15 and under. For the girls it’s 15-16 and 14
and under. Swimmers earn points for their team for each individual race with points
doubled for relays.
Smith finished first in the 200-m freestyle, 100-m butterfly and 100-m individual
medley in the 14 and under age group.
”To race this many events in one night is a big challenge,” said Smith, who was
also on a couple of relays. ”You really have to manage your time properly during
the competition. Sometimes we are really tight for time. But it’s a lot of fun and
we could follow the team score which was very motivating for our races. It’s
exciting it is this close.”
Sarah Darcel of Victoria posted victories in the 100-m individual medley and 200-m
IM in the 16-17 age group. Margaret MacNeil of London, Ont., led the East with four
medals including gold in the girls 200-m IM in the 14 and under category.
In the boys races, Matthew Mac of Oakville, Ont., was the only swimmer to win two
individual events. He was first in the 100-m backstroke and 200-m backstroke. Mac
is tuning up for the Youth Olympics next month in China.
”I was really hoping to go under two minutes in the 200-m backstroke but I’m happy
overall with my racing,” said Mac. ”This is a really neat experience and I like to
race short course. It’s a really good preparation for China.”
Montana Champagne of Ottawa, Philip Kay of Ajax, Ont., and Josh Zakala of Kamloops,
B.C., each finished in the top-three three times. Zakala is one of several swimmers
who has now competed for seven straight days.The Canadian Age Group Championships
ran from Wednesday to Monday which included the open water event to end the meet.