National, Provincial Records Fall On Final Night Of OJI


  • Toronto, Ont.
  • Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
  • Live Results
  • Finals 6 p.m Eastern


Olivia Anderson started out the final night of the Ontario Junior International on an extremely positive note. The Etobicoke distance standout dropped an 8:22.60 in the 800m freestyle to claim gold.

In doing so Anderson also took down former Etobicoke swimmer Brittany MacLean’s provincial record.

Jersey Bishop finished second in 8:32.65 followed by Tazmin Pugh in 8:38.71.


Kelsey Wog broke her second national age group record of the competition en route to a strong victory in the girls 200m IM final.

Wog separated herself from the field during a very strong breaststroke leg in order to unleash a 2:10.14. That time broke the previous record held by Erika Seltrenreich-Hodgson who dropped a 2:10.78 in 2013.

Wog finished ahead of Sarah Darcel of Island swimming who was also close to the previous Canadian record.

BOYS 200m IM

Michael Andrew grabbed his first win of the evening with a very dominant performance in the boys 200m IM. Dropping over a second from his prelim swim, Andrew as a 1:56.37 at the touch.

Nobody was near him as Joseph Hulme of Britain finished second overall in 2:00.53 more than four seconds behind him. Hulme separated himself from third place as Montana Champagne touched in at 2:02.43.


Penny Oleksiak and Harriet Cooper battled it out in the girls 100m freestyle, but ultimately it was Cooper who got the better of Oleksiak at the touch.

Cooper clocked in a time of 53.67 to win gold. Oleksiak was just behind her in 53.74 to grab the silver medal.

Also putting up a fast time was Rebecca Smith of RedDeer who dropped 0.2 seconds from her prelim swim in order to finish in 54.59 for the bronze.

Finishing fourth was Kayla Sanchez with a time of 54.78, bettering the 13-14 Canadian age group record.


Javier Acevedo added another big win, doing so by taking down Craig McLean of Britain by a very slim margin.

Acevedo trailed early on in the race, but with a huge push on the last 50 he managed to just pass McLean at the wall and win the race in 49.26.

McLean finished second just three one-hundredths behind him in 49.29.

Stephen Calkins rounded out the top three with a 49.56 swim.


Meryn McCann of Etobicoke managed to snag the second national age group record of the night with a gigantic swim in the 200m backstroke.

McCann went head-to-head with 100m backstroke national age group record holder Danielle Hanus and came up triumphant, beating her at the touch with a 2:05.88. Hanus was a 2:06.00.

Both girls went under the previous national age group record time of 2:06.40 set by Brooklynn Snodgrass in 2012.


Joseph Hulme and Craig McLean took charge of the 200m backstroke event. Hulme ended up winning the race in 1:57.54 followed by McLean in 1:58.07.

Matthew Mac of Oakville was third in 1:58.31 behind the two Brits.


Kelsey Wog was able to complete the sweep of the breaststroke events with a sprint victory. Wog rocked a 31.47 to distance herself from the field and establish herself as the top breaststroker at the competition.

Olivia Paskulin of Pointe-Claire was the only athlete close to Wog. Paskulin dropped a 31.96 for silver.

Nina Kucheran finished third.


Michael Andrew competed in his final event of the competition, and came up big. With a 27.10 performance in the 50m breaststroke, Andre was just five one-hundredths shy of the junior world record in the event.

Although he didn’t get the record, he was able to win the race by a huge amount. Charlie Attwood of Britain was a 27.92, over 0.8 seconds behind him.

Rounding out the top three was Warren Mayer way back in 28.93.


Rafael Davila of Island Swimming won the last individual event of the night by a landslide with a 15:06.08 performance in the mile.

Din Selmanovic was his closest competitor, grabbing silver in 15:26.06. Third was Samuel Bélanger in 15:36.06.


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Mitch Bowmile

Mitch Bowmile is a former Canadian age group swimmer who was forced to end his career early due to a labrum tear in his hip and a torn rotator cuff after being recognized as one of the top 50 breaststrokers his age in Canada. He competed successfully at both age …

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