Rathwell Wins 200 Back On Day 1 Of Canadian Junior Championships


An array of close races highlighted the opening day of the 2019 Canadian Junior Championships in Calgary, as the 800 free, 100 fly, 200 back and mixed free relay got things underway.

15-year-old Regan Rathwell of the GO Kingfish got her busy meet off to a good start, winning the girls’ 15-17 200 back in a time of 2:14.35, the second-fastest swim of her career behind the 2:12.39 she swam at Mel Zajac in May. Last year the now 15-year-old won the 13-14 title in this event.

Rathwell also raced in the 100 fly, taking seventh (1:02.93) while Jeanne Dahmen of Pointe-Claire won in 1:01.82 over Catherine Minic (1:01.96).

In the 13-14 category, Madisen Jacques of HYACK won in 1:02.94 over Elodie Mercure (1:03.18), while Megan Drover-Smith won the 13-14 200 back in 2:16.01.


  • Emma Finlin of Edmonton Keyano won the girls’ 13-14 800 free in 9:17.45, improving on her previous best of 9:24.90. In the 15-17 age group, Kenna Smallegange of BAD won in 9:08.42.
  • Justin Fotherby (8:31.50) edged out Quinn Matteis (8:31.81) to win the boys’ 14-15 800, and Eric Brown of Pointe-Claire won the 16-18 event by over nine seconds in 8:18.88.
  • Fotherby earned a second medal in the 100 fly, taking second behind Benjamin Loewen (57.12) in a time of 57.75. The 16-18 event saw the top-five all get under 56 seconds, led by Patrick Hussey in 55.24.
  • Loewen also completed a double, following up his 100 fly gold with a silver in the 200 back (2:09.81) behind Carter Buck (2:07.46) of the London Aquatic Club. Hugh McNeill won the 16-18 event in 2:02.54. Last year’s winner Sebastian Somerset was third in 2:06.62.
  • Edmonton Keyano (3:40.22) triumphed over Pointe-Claire (3:40.31) in the mixed 400 free relay.

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Northern SwimParent
2 years ago

Live streaming can be found here: http://www.rectectv.ca

I believe it is on CBC also. Not sure if the prelims are streamed.

Here is the meet info:


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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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