2022 SPEEDO CANADIAN JUNIOR & SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 25 – August 1, 2022
- Montreal, Quebec
- Olympic Park & Olympic Rowing Basin
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
14-year-old Oliver Dawson stole the show on Night 4 of the 2022 Canadian Junior & Senior Championships in Montreal, dropping a massive best time to win the boys’ 14-15 200 breaststroke.
Dawson, a member of the Grand Prairie Piranhas, clocked 2:21.33 to touch first in the event by more than three seconds and knock nearly six seconds off his best time of 2:27.02, set in the prelims. Coming into the meet his best stood at 2:28.22.
With this swim, Dawson moves up into third all-time in the Canadian boys 13-14 rankings, trailing only a pair of Olympians in Matthew Huang and Gabe Mastromatteo.
For context, Dawson’s time would rank 14th in the U.S. 13-14 rankings, with only six swimmers having ever broken the 2:20-barrier.
Dawson wasn’t the only swimmer in the 14-15 age group that performed exceptionally, as two other 14-year-olds, Joshua Wall and Lucas Kim, also set best times to move up in the 13-14 rankings.
Wall, who represents the Richmond Rapids, dropped just under half a second in 2:24.52 to rank seventh all-time, while Kim, a member of the Surrey Knights, improved his best time by just over a second in 2:24.52 to move into eighth all-time.
Canadian Boys’ 13-14 200 Breaststroke Rankings (LCM)
- Matthew Huang (Pacific Dolphins), 2:19.95 – 1999
- Gabe Mastromatteo (Kenora Swimming), 2:20.61 – 2017
- Oliver Dawson (Grand Prairie Piranhas Swim Club), 2:21.33 – 2022
- Morgan Knabe (Canada), 2:23.34 – 1996
- Joshua Young (Red Deer Catalina Swim Club), 2:23.67 – 2015
- Simon Meier (Manta Swim Club), 2:24.38 – 2013
- Joshua Wall (Richmond Rapids), 2:24.52 – 2022
- Lucas Kim (Surrey Knights Swim Club), 2:24.53 – 2022
- James Dergousoff (Chena Swim Club), 2:24.85 – 2011
- James Hume (Chena Swim Club), 2:25.05 – 2020
Some impressive swims were also delivered in the other age groups in the 200 breast, as Ramac’s Steve Frantskevich improved his preliminary best time (2:18.34) by more than a second in 2:17.19 to win the 16-18 event over University of Calgary Swim Club’s Lorne Wigginton (2:19.78).
Frantskevich now ranks 12th all-time among 17-year-olds in Canada.
In the 19 & over 200 breast, it was Jacob Gallant, a member of the Fredericton Aquanauts, who lowered his best time by more than a second en route to breaking the New Brunswick Provincial Record in 2:16.23.
In the 200 butterfly, University of Calgary Swim Club stalwart Kamryn Cannings further improved her best time set in the prelims, topping the girls’ 15-17 age group in a time of 2:14.62. Cannings, who had clocked 2:15.74 in the heats, moves up into 18th all-time in the 15-16 age group.
In the boys’ 100 freestyle, Will Browne dipped under his preliminary swim of 52.19 in 51.92 to win the 14-15 event, making him the eighth-fastest 15-year-old in Canadian history.
Closely trailing Browne was Killarney’s Paul Dardis (52.14) and Hyack’s Laon Kim (52.48). Dardis is the fastest 15-year-old ever in Canada, having been 50.76 earlier this year, while Kim’s swim marked a new best time and broke his own British Columbia 13-14 Age Record (52.84).
- W 1500 FR
- 13-year-old Liu Ziyun placed first in both the girls’ 13-14 1500 freestyle (17:57.87) and 200 butterfly (2:22.76), both significant drops in time.
- Edmonton Keyano’s Emma Finlin knocked just over a second off her best time from the Canadian Trials in April to win the girls’ 15-17 1500 free by over 33 seconds in 16:40.90.
- Pointe-Claire’s Megan Willar topped the 18+ age group in 17:03.01, just under two seconds off her best of 17:01.07.
- M 100 FR
- The 16-18 age group saw Ramac’s Kent Goni Avila go under his personal best time in 51.46 to win the event, narrowly edging out Surrey’s Yu Tong Wu (51.49).
- Blake Tierney (50.78) won an incredibly tight battle with James LeBuke (50.81) and Edouard Fullum-Huot (50.86) to claim the 19 & over title. The time for LeBuke marked a new season-best after going 51.03 in the heats.
- W 200 FLY