EDMONTON – Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., and Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., each collected two wins on Friday for three victories apiece so far at the Speedo Western Canadian Open swimming competition being held this week at the Kinsmen Sports Centre,

In the women’s 15 and under age group, the 14-year-old Smith was first in the 100-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke to add to Thursday’s win in the 100-m backstroke.

Smith has been swimming with the Catalina Club in Red Deer since she was eight.

Other winners in the age group were Hannah Esopenko of Prince George, B.C., in the 100-m breaststroke and Sarah Darcel of Victoria in the 400-m individual medley.

The victors in the women’s 16 and over age group were Natasha Fung of Edmonton in the 100-m freestyle, Mariya Chekhanovych of Burnaby, B.C., in the 100-m breaststroke, Emily Overholt of West Vancouver in the 400-m individual medley and Ingrid Wilm of Calgary in the 50-m backstroke.

Thormeyer also notched his wins in the 100-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke on Friday in the 17 and over age group. He opened the meet with a victory in the 200-m freestyle on Thursday and is on track to match his five gold medal output from last year in the 16 and under category.

Other winners in the age group were Jason Block of Calgary in the 100-m breaststroke and Rob Hill of North Vancouver in the 400-m IM.

In the men’s 16 and under winners were Stephen Calkins of Calgary in the 100-m freestyle, Oliver Bidrman of Calgary in the 100-m breaststroke, Josh Zakala of Kamloops, B.C., in the 400-m IM and Tai Long Singh of Delta in the 50-m backstroke.

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/

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