15-Year-Old Will Browne Drops 52.1 100 Free Prelim At Canadian Championships


Along with a few Para races and the early heats of the women’s 1500 freestyle, there were just three events on the docket this morning for the fourth day of prelims from the 2022 Canadian Junior & Senior Championships in Montreal.

Among the highlights from the session was the performance of Will Browne, who is competing unattached and trains with Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA in the United States.

The 15-year-old put up a time of 52.19 in the 100 free, qualifying him first into the boys’ 14-15 final while also downing his previous best of 53.47. The swim also ranks him 11th all-time among 15-year-olds in Canada.

The fastest 15-year-old in Canadian history, Killarney Swim Club’s Paul Dardis, qualified second in 52.55. Dardis set his best time of 50.76 at the Western Canadian Championships in April.

In the 19 & over age group, a pair of swimmers cracked the 51-second barrier, as Island Swimming’s James LeBuke (50.90) paced the field with UBC’s Blake Tierney (50.92) close behind.

The swim for LeBuke was a new season-best, improving on his 51.03 from earlier this month, and nears his 2019 best of 50.47. Tierney set his best time in California earlier in July at 50.47.

In the 16-18 category, Ramac’s Kent Goni Avila advanced first into the final in a time of 51.74, just shy of his PB of 51.60 set at British Columbia Provincials earlier this month.

Another highlight from the session came in the girls’ 15-17 200 butterfly, as University of Calgary Swim Club’s Kamryn Cannings, who won the 200 free last night, set a new lifetime best of 2:15.74.

Cannings, 16, had previously been 2:16.10 in March, and now moves up from 28th to 26th in the 15-16 age group all-time.


  • W 200 FLY
    • 14-year-old Dakota Wiman of Kelowna Aquatics chopped more than two seconds off her best time to qualify first into the girls’ 13-14 200 fly final, clocking 2:24.56.
    • In the 18 & over event, UBC’s Danielle Hanus (2:16.16) narrowly beat out Grand Prairie’s Catherine Minic (2:16.22), with Minic knocking three-tenths off her previous best set back in 2019.
  • M 200 BR
    • Ramac’s Steve Frantskevich qualified nearly four seconds clear of the pack in the boys’ 16-18 200 breast, putting up a time of 2:18.34 to down his old PB of 2:19.79 set in May.
    • In the 14-15 age group, Richmond Rapids swimmer Joshua Wall led a trio of 14-year-olds who occupy the top three spots, as Wall clocked 2:25.42—just shy of his best time of 2:25.00, set earlier this month at B.C. Provincials. That time ranks him seventh all-time among Canadians in the 13-14 age group.
    • Jacob Gallant, who represents the Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team (FAST), paced the 19 & over 200 breast in a time of 2:18.31, leading UBC teammates Brodie Young (2:18.53) and Justice Migneault (2:18.86). Gallant swam a best time of 2:17.52 at the Canadian Trials in April, while Young’s swim marks a drop of more than a second from his previous best time set back in 2019. Migneault, the winner of Wednesday night’s 50 breast, owns a best time of 2:16.50 from last year’s Olympic Trials.

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7 months ago

I wonder where the Etobicoke swimmers are.One of Canada,s highest profile swim teams and it seems they don’t even compete at their own national meet.Anybody know what’s up?

Reply to  bob
7 months ago

I think someone told me that they were going to swim at Far Westerns in the US as their primary season-ender.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

Perfect.Thanks for that.I was wondering if they had a big covid outbreak but Far Westerns sounds a lot better.

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Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

I was told that after Rob Novak was appointed as one of the coaches for Commonwealth, ESWIM abruptly cancelled their plan to attend Canadian National Championships. Yes, they wanted to send all their swimmers to Far Westerns, but NONE of their top swimmers went there. I feel very sorry for those kids, many of them just gave-up and were no-show already at Ontario Provincial a month ago. They were not able to attend Canadian Championship in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID and now they were robbed of it by their own coaches 🙁

7 months ago

Pretty crazy that Canada’s fastest current 15yo in the 100FR is faster than Thomas Heilman in that event (Paul Dardis’ 50.76)

Last edited 7 months ago by BigBoiJohnson
Reply to  BigBoiJohnson
7 months ago

Same with China, Zhang Xinchen went 49.76 at the National Games last September.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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