MAUI, Hawaii – Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., posted a personal best time to win the silver medal in the men’s 100-m breaststroke on Thursday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., added a bronze in the men’s 100-m freestyle for his second medal of the competition.
In the men’s 100-m breaststroke, Connor Hoppe of the U.S.
‘Ackman only started to race the breaststroke 10 months ago. He clocked the fastest time in the morning preliminaries at 1:01.85.
‘’Late last year my coach put me in a 100 breast race for fun, I swam a great time and it took off from there,’’ said Ackman, 18, who also excels in the sprint freestyles. ‘’I was really hoping to get the gold for Canada today but still this is a fantastic performance. It’s a new event for me and I still have a lot to learn.’’
In the men’s 100-m freestyle, Paul Powers led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in 50.29. Blake Pieroni was second in 50.30 and Thormeyer was third in a personal best 50.40. Mitchell Ferraro of Uxbridge, Ont., was seventh.
“In the final I didn’t hesitate at the turn and that made a big difference,” said Thormeyer, 16, third in the 100-m backstroke on Wednesday in Canadian age group record time.
“My coach told me to rely more on my instincts at the turn rather than focus on it so much. It’s an area that’s given me some trouble this year.”
There were also four fourth place finishes for Canada.
Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., took fourth in the women’s 400-m individual medley; Tristan Cote of Etobicoke, Ont., was fourth and Robert Hill of North Vancouver seventh in the men’s 400 IM and both Canadian 4X200-m freestyle relays were fourth. The swimmers for the women were Alexandra Aitchison, Alexandra Buscher, Danica Ludlow of Victoria and Harvey. For the men it was Peter Brothers of Victoria, Thormeyer, Ackman and Cote.
Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg and Genevieve Robertson of Guelph, Ont., we’re fifth and sixth in the women’s 100-m breaststroke and Heather Lam of Vancouver eighth in the 100-m freestyle.
Competition continues through to Sunday.
Full results: http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/Jr%20PanPacs/2014/