EDMONTON – Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., changed age groups but appears to be in golden form again for the Speedo Western Canadian Open Swimming Championships which started Thursday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

Thormeyer, a five-time individual champion last year in the 16 and under group, collected a gold medal Thursday in the men’s 17 and over 200-m freestyle.

Thormeyer, a member of Canada’s Junior Pan Pacific team in 2014, clocked 1:52.21 less than a second ahead of runner-up David Woodman of Calgary.

Other winners in the age group for the men were Cameron Kidd of Brantford, Ont., in the 50-m butterfly, Adam Best of Edmonton in the 100-m backstroke and Jason Block of Calgary in the 200-m breaststroke.

In the men’s 16 and under, Tai Long Singh of Delta took the 50-m butterfly with the other winners Colin Gilbert of Kamloops, B.C., in the 200-m freestyle, Josh Zakala of Kelowna, B.C., in the 100-m backstroke and Oliver Bidrman of Calgary in the 200-m breaststroke.

For the women, the victors in the 16 and over age group were Wendy Yang of Nanaimo, B.C., in the 50-m butterfly, Emily Overholt of West Vancouver in the 200-m freestyle, Ingrid Wilm of Calgary in the 100-m backstroke, Mariya Chekanovych of Burnaby, B.C., in the 200-m breaststroke and Danica Ludlow of Victoria in the 800-m freestyle.

In the 15 and under Molly Gowans of Victoria was the day’s only double champion with victories in the 200-m freestyle and 800-m freestyle. Other winners were Stella Jin in the 50-m butterfly, Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., in the 100-m backstroke and Hannah Esopenko of Prince George, B.C., in the 200-m breaststroke.

Competition continues through to Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The entry count stands at 500 for the Westerns with 231 men and 269 women representing 70 clubs from four provinces: B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2015_Westerns/