Rathwell, Clark & Lepage Double Dip At Day 3 Prelims of Canadian Championships


Despite the fact there were only a handful of events on the schedule, a few different swimmers took on doubles this morning during the third preliminary session of the 2022 Canadian Junior & Senior Championships in Montreal.

Among those was 14-year-old Maxine Clark, who set a new Canadian National Age Group Record in the 100 fly on Monday and kept up with her busy program by claiming second in the 400 free last night.

The University of Calgary Swim Club product raced both the 200 free (2:06.15) and 200 IM (2:24.61) on Wednesday morning, qualifying first into the girls’ 13-14 final in the former and second in the latter.

Manta’s Halle West, also 14, leads the 200 IM field in 2:21.51. West won the 100 breast last night and owns a 200 IM best time of 2:18.21, which ranks as the fastest ever done by a 13-year-old in Canada.

For Clark, her best time in the 200 free stands at 2:04.44, set in April, and her PB in the 200 IM is the 2:20.63 she swam at the Mel Zajac International meet in June.

Also doubling up on Wednesday was 16-year-old Alexanne Lepage and 18-year-old Regan Rathwell, who both raced the 50 breast and 200 IM.

Lepage, who competes for the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club, took the top spot by more than two seconds in the girls’ 15-17 200 IM, clocking 2:19.05 to come within a second of her best time set at the Canadian Trials in April (2:18.06).

Lepage also sits second in the open women’s 50 breaststroke, putting up a time of 32.44 to narrowly trail Rathwell (32.42). Lepage owns a best of 31.94, set at the Western Canadian Championships in April.

Rathwell, a member of the Greater Ottawa Kingfish and future Tennessee Volunteer, was just off her lifetime best of 32.05 in the 50 breast, and she also advanced second into the final of the 18 & over 200 IM, producing a time of 2:17.97 to miss her 2019 PB by .01.

Leading that field is her teammate Ashley McMillan, who touched in 2:16.62 and owns a best of 2:12.52 from March.

Bailey Andison, who represented Canada in this event at the Tokyo Olympics, qualified third in 2:17.97.


  • W 200 FR – Along with Clark for the 13-14s, it was her Calgary teammate Kamryn Cannings (2:02.66) and Club De Natation Bleu Et Or’s Brooklyn Douthwright (2:00.35) qualifying first into the girls’ 15-17 and 18 & over 200 free finals, respectively. Cannings was just under a second slower than her PB (2:01.76), while Douthwright was just over a second off hers (1:59.12).
  • M 200 FLY – Ramac’s Michael Andrew Sava (2:03.43) leads the 19 & over 200 fly, while CREST Swimming’s Benjamin Loewen (2:03.84) leads the 16-18s. Both swimmers own best times in the 2:00-range. In the 14-15 age group, the Hyack duo of Paul Orogo (2:08.81) and Laon Kim (2:09.65) lead the pack.
  • M 50 BR – 20-year-old UBC swimmer Justice Migneault set a new best time in the men’s 50 breaststroke for the top seed in 28.55, though his former official best time (29.68) was a full second slower than his fastest opening split from a 100-meter swim (28.68). Qualifying third was Saskatoon Goldfins’ Brayden Hemeon, who set a best time and thus, broke the Saskatchewan Provincial Record. Hemeon’s time of 29.02 undercut his former best of 29.34, and he also broke the Provincial Record in the 100 breast in both prelims and finals.

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About James Sutherland

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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