The Canadian Summer Nationals got underway this evening at the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre in Pointe-Claire, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal) and will run from July 17th-20th. With many of Canada’s best athletes away at either the World Championships or the recently completed World University Games it gives some of the younger swimmers in the country an opportunity to challenge for national championship titles.
This event will also be the selection meet for the FINA World Junior Championships, which will be held in Dubai from August 26th-31st. There will 15 male and 15 female athletes selected for the team. The complete selection criteria can be found here.
The men’s 200 freestyle was won by 17 year old Stefan Milosevic of the Hyack Swim Club. Milosevic’s winning time of 1:51.18 was a life time best, beating the 1:51.19 that he posted leading off the 4 x 200 freestyle relay at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships last year. He also finished eighth in the individual event in Honolulu.
16 year old Sydney Pickrem of C.N. St. Jerome took the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 1:03.19. Pickrem was off her best time of 1:02.63, which she recorded at the Junior Pan Pacs last year.
The women’s 200 butterfly was won by 15 year old Emily Overholt of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club in a time of 2:13.76. Overholt’s best time of 2:13.01 was recorded at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January where she placed fourth in the event.
17 year old Evan White of the Oakville Aquatic Club won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:00.83. White beat out 2012 Olympian David Sharpe of the Halifax Trojan’s Aquatic Club by 13 one-hundredths of a second for his first national title.
Kier Maitland of the Keyano Swim Club won the men’s 800 freestyle in a time of 8:03.62. Sherry Patel of the Mississauga Aquatic Club took the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 27.15. Chris Bezeau of Club Aquatique Calac Richelieu won the men’s 50 butterfly posting a time of 24.85. Olympian Heather MacLean of the UBC Dolphins took the women’s 200 freestyle in a time of 2:01.13. Matthew Swanston of the New Market Stingrays won the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 55.93. Samantha Harding of UNCAN took the women’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 16:42.46.
The top junior age swimmer in each event has an automatic breath onto the Junior World Championships team. There were two junior age swimmers who did not win their individual event, but will be headed to Dubai. 16 year old Alexandra Aitchison of C.N. St. Jerome finished fifth in the women’s 200 freestyle recording a time of 2:02.32 while 15 year old Markus Thormeyer of the Winskill Dolphins Swim Club finished sixth in the men’s 100 backstroke posting a time of 57.48.
Full results can be found here