On the second night of competition at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in New Westminster, BC, 16 year old Ryder McGinnis demolished the meet and Alberta age group record 100 breaststroke by close to two seconds.
McGinnis, who swims for the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, initially broke Nick Kostiuk‘s meet and Alberta provincial record time of 1:03.39 in the preliminaries, posting a time of 1:03.16 to qualify first for the finals. In the evening he did not only destroyed the field by two and a half seconds, but he beat his own meet and provincial record by 1.59 seconds.
McGinnis will see if he can make it a clean sweep of the meet and Alberta age group records in the breaststroke events on Saturday when he will set his sights on the 50 breaststroke record of 28.57 set by Chad Thompsen in 1999.
Although 13 year old Rebecca Smith of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club did not win an event on the second evening of competition, she did break two more Alberta age group records in the 100 freestyle and 400 IM. Smith challenged for the top spot in both events, but came up just short, posting a time of 56.32 in the 100 freestyle breaking Georgia Kidd‘s record of 56.42 and finished second in the 400 IM in a time of 4:48.42, breaking her own record of 4:49.07.
The race for the 15 and under title in the 400 IM was a great one between Smith, Jordan Andrusak of University of Victoria-Pacific Coast and Sarah Darcel of Island Swimming. All three girls went under the previous meet record of 4:49.58 set by Katie Caldwell in 2010.
The 14 year old Andrusak came away with the gold posting a time of 4:47.55 followed by Smith who recorded a 4:48.42. Darcel, who is 14 years of age, finished third in a time of 4:49.20.
The women’s 15 and under 100 freestyle was one of the most exciting races of the evening. 15 year old Georgia Kidd took the event in a time of 56.27 only six one-hundreths of a second ahead of Smith and 15 year old Heather Lam of the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club, who tied for the silver in a time of 56.32.
18 year old Yuri Kisil of the Cascade Swim Club took the men’s 17 and over 100 freestyle in a time of 48.66 breaking 2008 Canadian Olympian Adam Sioui‘s record of 48.61, which he set in 2008.
The women’s 15 and under 100 breaststroke was won by 15 year old Kyla Roy of the University of Manitoba who posted a time of 1:11.62. The story in this race was 12 year old Faith Nielsen who finished second in a time of 1:11.70. With that time Nielsen, who swims for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Swim Club, broke Courtenay Chuy‘s 1998 girl’s 11-12 BC provincial record of 1:11.76.
2012 Canadian Olympian, 20 year old Amanda Reason of the University of Calgary Swim Club took home two golds on the evening winning the women’s 16 and over 100 freestyle in a time of 54.65 and the women’s 16 and over 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:09.27.
16 year old Markus Thormeyer of the Winskill Dolphins Swim Club also finished with two wins on the evening, the first coming in the men’s 16 and under 100 freestyle where he posted a time of 50.32. The second came in the men’s 16 and under 50 backstroke where he recorded a time of 26.23.
23 year old Jeffrey Nicol of the Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club won his second event of the competition, taking the men’s 17 and over 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.76.
Emily Overholt, 16, of the West Vancouver Otters Swim Club won the women’s 16 and over 400 IM in a time of 4:40.50. 16 year old Edwin Zhao of the Pacific Sea Wolves Swim Club won the 16 and under men’s event in a time of 4:23.42 while David Dimitrov, 22, of the Liquid Lightening Swim Club won the 17 and over men’s event in a time of 4:21.43.
15 year old Ingrid Wilm of the Cascade Swim Club won the women’s 15 and under 50 backstroke in a time of 28.55 while 17 year old Haley Black of the Prince George Barracudas’ won the 16 and over event in a time of 28.91.
17 year old Josh Dow of the Fort McMurray Swim Club took the men’s 17 and over 50 backstroke in a time of 25.77.
The night finished with the 4 x 200 freestyle relays. The women’s event was won by the Edmonton Keyano Swim Club in a time of 8:08.94 while the men’s event was won by the Cascade Swim Club that posted a time of 7:24.85.
The Edmonton Keyano Swim Club still holds a strong lead in the team competition with 664 points. The Cascade Swim Club is currently in second with 478 points while the University of Calgary Swim Club sits in third with 389.5 points.
Full results can be found here