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Two more medals for Thormeyer at Junior Pan Pacs

August, 30, 2014

MAUI, Hawaii – Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., won the bronze medal in the men’s 200-m backstroke then helped Canada to third place in the 4X100-m freestyle relay on Friday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Alexandra Aitchison, a Canadian now residing in Florida, added a bronze in the women’s 400-m freestyle. After three days of competition Canada has collected eight medals (three silver and five bronze).

In the men’s 200-m backstroke, Connor Green led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in 1:59.60 with Corey Okubo second in 2:01.17. Thormeyer followed in a personal best 2:01.55 almost two seconds faster than his time in the preliminaries. Anders Klein of Edmonton was fourth in 2:02.45.

‘’It was a really exciting race,’’ said Thormeyer, 17. ‘’I was really focused on keeping away from the lane ropes which had bothered me in my last race and pushing hard in the second half of the race. I came here to win medals but four so far this is beyond expectations.’’

In the men’s 4X100-m freestyle relay, the Americans took the gold in 3:18.68, Australia was second in 3:20.75 and Canada third in 3:22.98. The Canadian swimmers were Thormeyer, Mitchel Ferraro of Uxbridge, Ont., Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Cameron Kidd of Brantford, Ont.

‘’We definitely knew we were in the medal hunt going into it,’’ said Ferraro. ‘’Markus had just swam the backstroke and he provided a tremendous effort and I just tried to build on that and give Matt some space for the next relay.’’

In the women’s 400-m freestyle, Courtney Harnish of the U.S. was the winner in 4:09.36 followed by Tamsin Cook of Australia in 4:10.91 and Aitchison in a personal best 4:11.16. Over two Junior Pan Pacs, Aitchison had finished fourth seven straight times including four times this week. Sophia Saroukian of Edmonton was seventh.

‘’Seeing that placement and time on the scoreboard was really exciting,’’ said Aitchison, whose father is originally from Alberta. ‘’I hadn’t improved my time in the 400 for over two years. I really worked a lot on the turns and kept my speed up.’’

Aitchison nearly anchored Canada’s women’s 4X100-m freestyle relay to the podium as they finished fourth in 3:45.79, just 0.26 seconds from third place Japan. Australia upset the Americans for gold. Also swimming for Canada were Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Heather Lam of Vancouver and Lili Margitai of Edmonton.

Other Canadian men finalists were Peter Brothers of Victoria and Tristan Cote of Etobicoke, Ont., fourth and eighth in the 400-m freestyle and Nicolaas Dekker of Richmond, B.C., fifth in the 100-m butterfly.

For the women, Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton and Margitai were sixth and eighth in the 100-m butterfly and Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., and Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg sixth and seventh in the 200-m backstroke.

Competition ends Sunday.

Full results:

Silver for Ackman at Junior Pan Pacs

August, 29, 2014

MAUI, Hawaii - Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., posted a personal best time to win the silver medal in the men's 100-m breaststroke on Thursday night at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., added a bronze in the men's 100-m freestyle for his second medal of the competition.

In the men's 100-m breaststroke, Connor Hoppe of the U.S. was the winner in one minute and 01.68 seconds. Ackman tied for second in 1:02.05 with Ryuya Mura of Japan. James Guest of Pointe-Claire was fifth.

‘Ackman only started to race the breaststroke 10 months ago. He clocked the fastest time in the morning preliminaries at 1:01.85.

‘’Late last year my coach put me in a 100 breast race for fun, I swam a great time and it took off from there,’’ said Ackman, 18, who also excels in the sprint freestyles. ‘’I was really hoping to get the gold for Canada today but still this is a fantastic performance. It’s a new event for me and I still have a lot to learn.’’

In the men's 100-m freestyle, Paul Powers led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in 50.29. Blake Pieroni was second in 50.30 and Thormeyer was third in a personal best 50.40. Mitchell Ferraro of Uxbridge, Ont., was seventh.

"In the final I didn't hesitate at the turn and that made a big difference," said Thormeyer, 16, third in the 100-m backstroke on Wednesday in Canadian age group record time.

"My coach told me to rely more on my instincts at the turn rather than focus on it so much. It's an area that's given me some trouble this year."

There were also four fourth place finishes for Canada.

Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., took fourth in the women's 400-m individual medley; Tristan Cote of Etobicoke, Ont., was fourth and Robert Hill of North Vancouver seventh in the men’s 400 IM and both Canadian 4X200-m freestyle relays were fourth. The swimmers for the women were Alexandra Aitchison, Alexandra Buscher, Danica Ludlow of Victoria and Harvey. For the men it was Peter Brothers of Victoria, Thormeyer, Ackman and Cote.

Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg and Genevieve Robertson of Guelph, Ont., we're fifth and sixth in the women's 100-m breaststroke and Heather Lam of Vancouver eighth in the 100-m freestyle.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

Full results:


Canada opens Junior Pan Pacs with three medals

MAUI, Hawaii - Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., Jon McKay of Victoria and Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., each won a medal on Wednesday night to open the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

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In the women's 100-m backstroke, Amy Bilquist of the U.S. took the gold medal in one minute and 01.00 seconds. Hanus, seventh at the turn, roared to the finish in 1:01.51.  Rio Shirai of Japan was third in 1:01.82.

‘’I was very happy with my performance,’’ said Hanus. ‘’I normally go out slow and have a strong second half of the race. I was really pleased with how I finished today.’’

Age group record for Thormeyer

In the men's 100-m backstroke, Connor Green led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in 55.08. Michael Andrew followed in 55.81 and Thormeyer was third in 56.07. That eclipsed the previous 15-17 Canadian age group record of 56.12 set by Omar Mahmoud Arafa of Etobicoke, Ont., in 2011. Anders Klein of Edmonton was fifth in 56.59.

‘’It was a solid race,’’ said Thormeyer. ‘’I went into the final wanting a medal and I was able to get off to a much better start than the preliminaries.’’

Canada’s second silver and third medal of the night was earned by McKay in the men’s 1500-m freestyle. Liam Egan of the U.S. was the winner in 15:15.53, McKay followed in 15:21.82 and Sean Grieshop of the U.S. was third in 15:29.87. Peter Brothers of Victoria was fourth in 15:30.29.

Alexandra Aitchison, a Canadian who resides in Clearwater, Florida, posted fourth place finishes in the women’s 200-m freestyle and 800-m freestyle. She missed a medal by less than half a second in the 200-m free and by just over a second in the 800-m free.

Sophia Saroukian of Edmonton was seventh in the 800-m free and Alexandra Buscher, a Canadian residing in Houston, was eighth in the 200-m free.

Other Canadian finalists in men’s competition were Brothers placing fifth in the 200-m freestyle and Osvald Nitski of Hamilton seventh in the 200-m butterfly.

Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton was sixth in the women’s 200-m butterfly.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

Full results:

(Reposted from Swimming Canada website)


Cochrane golden as Canada saves best for last

August, 24, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia - Ryan Cochrane led Canada to a strong finish in the pool at the Pan Pacific Championships Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia.

Cochrane, who trains at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre - Victoria, opened the night with a win in the men's 800-m freestyle. His time of 7:45.39 was more than two seconds ahead of Australian Mack Horton (7:47.73), who out-touched American Connor Jaeger by 0.02 for the silver.

It was Canada's first gold medal at this year's championships, coming on the heels of Cochrane's silver in the 1,500 and fourth-place finish in the 400.

"The 800 is my favourite event by far and it's too bad it's not an Olympic event. There were some good things with all my races this weekend, but to get out-touched in a couple races is mentally exhausting. But physically I was ready and it was exciting to put together a better race," said Cochrane, who also won gold medals in the 400 and 1,500 at last month's Commonwealth Games.

Canada added three more bronze medals on the fourth and final day of pool action to more than double its total to seven.

Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., followed Cochrane's gold with a bronze medal in the women's 1,500. The 20-year-old broke her own national record, becoming the first Canadian female under 16 minutes in a time of 15:57.15. It was her third medal of the championships, to go with bronzes in the 800-m freestyle and 4x200-m free relay. MacLean made a late charge at silver medallist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand (15:55.69) but the story of the race was American Katie Ledecky, who smashed her own world record with a 15:28.36.

"She's an incredible athlete, you can't really say anything less of her. I was around 50 (metres) behind but I knew I still had a chance to go a best time and that doesn't happen very often. It's just incredible to get a chance to race against somebody like that. To see her doing so well is exciting for the sport of swimming," MacLean said. "I'm happy to be the first Canadian female under 16 minutes, I think that's kind of cool and I'm happy with the way I swam it."

“It was a great finish to the championships,” said Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson. “Ryan Cochrane coming back in tonight to win the 800 freestyle having previously medalled in the 1,500 and just missing out in the 400 was a great effort to mentally re-prepare and stand up and win gold. And Brittany MacLean capped off a strong week where she’s previously won a medal in the 800 and again tonight setting another Canadian record.”

Winnipeg's Chantal Van Landeghem continued Canada's medal parade with a bronze medal in the women's 50-m freestyle. The 20-year-old, who trains at the High Performance Centre - Ontario, swam a national record 24.69 to earn bronze behind the Campbell sisters of Australia. Cate Campbell set a meet record of 23.96 while Bronte took silver in 24.56.

Van Landeghem then turned around and helped Canada to bronze in the women's 4x100-m medley relay. She combined with Brooklynn Snodgrass, Kierra Smith and Katerine Savard for a time of 3:57.87.

“Brooklynn, Kierra, Katerine and Chantal did a great job,” Atkinson said. “And Chantal in the 50 freestyle was a great effort from Lane 1 to sneak through to get her hand on the wall and pick up the bronze medal.”

Smith just missed another medal for Canada in the women's 200-m breaststroke. The Kelowna, B.C., native swam a personal best of 2:23.32 to finish fourth. It was the second PB of the day for the 20-year-old national team rookie, who went 2:24.02 in the morning heats.

Other Canadian A finalists Sunday were Edmonton's Richard Funk (6th in men's 200-m breaststroke, 2:13.75), Will Brothers of the HPC-Victoria (8th in men's 800-m free, 8:06.51), Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of the HPC-Vancouver (8th in women's 200-m individual medley, 2:13.31), and Michelle Williams (8th in women's 50-m free, 25.64) and Martha McCabe (8th in women's 200-m breast, 2:25.62) of the HPC-Ontario. The men's medley relay of Russell Wood, Funk, Coleman Allen and Yuri Kisil was fifth in 3:36.61.

Meanwhile, the open water event set for Monday has been cancelled due to unsuitable conditions. Some open water swimmers, including Leonie Pamerleau of Laval, Que., will swim the 10-kilometre marathon in conjunction with the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 31.

Complete results available at:


(Reposted from Swimming Canada website)


Close calls for Canada on Day 3 of Pan Pacs

August, 23, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia – It was a night of near misses for Canada at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

Canadians were in the mix in several close races Saturday, coming away with three fourth-place and three fifth-place finishes.

Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., was fourth in the women’s 400-m freestyle. Her time of 4:05.91 was 0.58 seconds off bronze in a race that saw American Katie Ledecky set a new world record of 3:58.37. Montreal’s Samantha Cheverton was eighth in 4:12.25.

“I don't mind coming fourth. It's a great field and I had an opportunity to be on the podium, that's not what stings the most,” said MacLean, a finalist in the distance at the 2012 Olympics in London, where she posted her best time of 4:05.06. “To go 4:05 is my second fastest ever so I can't be too discouraged, but training has been going really well lately so I really thought I had it in me tonight. Tomorrow I still have one more race left (the 1,500-m freestyle) to give it all I've got.”

Canada had another near-miss when Ryan Cochrane of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria came fourth in the men’s 400 free in a time of 3:45.99.

“Coming in here I didn't really know what to expect to be honest. The 1,500 (on Thursday) was a little hard. That felt a lot better. I would be happy with a :45 most years so it's nice that I'm disappointed with a :45 and it's my second swim in six weeks,” said Cochrane, who won gold in the distance at Commonwealth Games last month.

He will be back in the pool Sunday looking to add an 800-m freestyle medal to the silver he won in Thursday’s 1,500.

The women’s 4x100-m freestyle relay also came fourth, as the team of Chantal Van Landeghem, Victoria Poon, Michelle Williams and Alyson Ackman combined for a time of 3:39.78. Winnipeg native Van Landeghem, who trains at the High Performance Centre – Ontario, led off with a personal best 54.43.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., was closest to a medal by time, coming just 0.13 seconds from bronze in the women’s 100-m butterfly but settling for fifth in 57.95. Fellow Pont-Rouge native Audrey Lacroix was eighth at 58.82.

Also coming fifth was Hilary Caldwell of the High Performance Centre – Victoria, who swam a 2:09.02 in the women’s 200-m backstroke. Australian Belinda Hocking set a new meet record of 2:07.49 to win the race. Dominique Bouchard of Oakville, Ont., came sixth in a lifetime best time of 2:09.59. Also posting a personal best in the event was Calgary’s Brooklynn Snodgrass, who finished 10th with a 2:09.76 in the B final.

The men’s 4x100-m freestyle relay capped the evening with another fifth-place effort. Yuri Kisil, Luke Peddie, Kyle Troskot and Coleman Allen combined for a time of 3:19.26. Kisil shaved 0.01 off his personal best from last month’s Commonwealth Games with a leadoff leg of 49.26.

Canada is up against 14 other countries at the championships, which wrap up Sunday. Nearly 300 swimmers are in action, including Pan Pacific charter nations Australia, USA and Japan. 

Complete results available at:

(Reposted from the Swimming Canada website)


Women’s 4x200 relay adds to medal collection

August, 22, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia – Canada captured a medal for the second straight night at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday.

The women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay team of Brittany MacLean, Samantha Cheverton, Alyson Ackman and Emily Overholt finished third behind USA and Australia in a time of 7:58.03. The girls were all smiles after adding a bronze medal to the silver they won at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, last month.

“I think we all just are having a great time and we’re here to race for Canada and we’re trying to put up the best swims we can. It wasn’t our fastest time but definitely for us to get another medal at an international competition is a big deal. We’re excited for the future of this relay team,” said MacLean, who also won 800-m freestyle bronze Thursday.

Cheverton was also part of the 4x200 relay that won bronze at the 2010 Pan Pacs in Irvine, Calif. She was impressed with the way her new teammates battled through the cold, rainy conditions, and in particular how Ackman (100-m freestyle) and Overholt (400-m IM) turned around quickly after swimming other events earlier in the night.

“To get bronze again with three new girls is awesome,” Cheverton said. “To come off our swim at Commonwealth Games and back it up with another great swim, especially after having some tough doubles tonight and less than perfect conditions, we’re really happy to get bronze.”

Canada had X individual A finalists in action Friday

Overholt came sixth in the 400-m individual medley earlier in the evening in a time of 4:41.64. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver was seventh in 4:45.45.

In other A finals action, Chantal Van Landeghem of the High Performance Centre – Ontario swam her second personal best of the day (54.55) to finish fifth in the 100-m freestyle.

“That was the goal coming in, so considering the weather and everything I was glad I was able to get a personal best tonight,” the Winnipeg native said. “The atmosphere is amazing, swimming is such a big deal down here so it was great to feel that excitement and just the energy tonight.”

Montreal’s Victoria Poon was close behind in sixth at 54.82.

Edmonton’s Richard Funk was sixth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke with a personal best of 1:00.36.

In the women’s 100-m breaststroke, Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., came seventh, matching her personal best from Commonwealth Games at 1:08.49. Martha McCabe of the High Performance Centre – Ontario continued her return to form with an eighth-place finish at 1:08.96. That was the best time this year for McCabe, who lost several weeks of training to a stress fracture in her clavicle earlier this season.

Luke Reilly of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver was eighth in men’s 400-m IM at 4:21.96.

Complete results available at:

(Reposted from the Swimming Canada website)


Canada off to solid start at Pan Pacs 

August, 21, 2014

GOLD COAST, Australia – Canada won two medals as the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships opened on a chilly Thursday evening in Gold Coast, Australia. 

Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., continued her outstanding 2014, once again lowering her national record to win bronze in the 800-metre freestyle. MacLean's time of 8:20.02 was good for third place in the 16-lap race behind American Katie Ledecky and New Zealand's Lauren Boyle.

It’s the second Canadian record in less than a month for MacLean, whose previous best of 8:20.91 won her bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I’ve never done two events at such a high level back to back like this and I’ve also never really swam outside in this kind of cold and this late at night,” MacLean said. “I was really happy with the way it went at Commonwealths and I loved getting to stand on the podium so that was my big goal coming into tonight. For me to go a best time and new Canadian record is even better, I can’t ask for more.”

Ryan Cochrane of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria, meanwhile, capped the evening with a silver medal in the men’s 1,500-m freestyle. The defending champion in the event, fresh off a gold medal at Commonwealth Games, was out-touched by 0.18 seconds as American Connor Jaeger took the gold. 

Cochrane turned in a time of 14:51.97 in what was a six-way race for most of the way, with the top four finishers less than two seconds apart.

“I hate to lose. It’s always great to hit the international podium but after a race like that where it’s so close, there’s little things you can do better and I’ll be out for blood the rest of the weekend,” Cochrane said.

Canada had two finalists in both the men’s and women’s 200-m butterfly. On the women’s side Commonwealth Games gold medallist Audrey Lacroix was fifth in 2:08.81, while fellow Pont-Rouge, Que., native Katerine Savard came sixth at 2:09.42.

Meanwhile in men’s action Mack Darragh swam a personal best of 1:58.52 for sixth place, while Gamal Assaad was seventh in 2:02.99.

The women’s 200-m backstroke was also a two-finalist event for Canada. Dominique Bouchard came fifth with a lifetime best of 1:00.82, just ahead of Hilary Caldwell (6th, 1:00.99)

In women’s 200-m freestyle, Samantha Cheverton of Montreal finished fifth at 1:58.96.

Pan Pacs also features B finals. Alyson Ackman of Montreal, who narrowly missed the A final in the women’s 200-m freestyle, made the most of her second swim with a personal best of 1:59.25, good for 12th overall.

Swimming Canada High Performance Director John Atkinson was pleased the Canadian team didn’t allow the cold temperatures to be an excuse or a distraction.

“It was a solid evening’s performance with 10 out of the 12 swimmers who were in the morning heats improving their time from this morning. I think that shows that the team really rallied and prepared well for the conditions,” Atkinson said.

“Brittany MacLean had a tremendous swim tonight swimming faster than she did at the Commonwealth Games, in fact swimming a negative split so a really strong second half to her swim for another Canadian record and a bronze medal,” Atkinson added. “For Ryan Cochrane it was a big double to back up from Commonwealth Games where he won the 1,500-m freestyle to then refocus, re-prepare. Just missed out by a fingertip but it was a great effort by Ryan and I’m sure that we’ll see more from the team as the week goes on.”
(Reposted from Swimming Canada website)



SwimBC at 2014 Summer Championships

July and August had more than the usual number of significant competition for SwimBC athletes, starting with our own Provincial Championship events in late June / early July, and then following that up with Senior and Age Group Nationals, Commonwealth Games, and then Pan Pacific Championships in the pool, for Juniors as well as Para-swimmers. Below is a reverse chronological summary of the stories and summaries coming out of many of those events.

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SwimBC Athletes Excel at 2014 Para-PanPacs

Eight SwimBC athletes were part of the thirty-two swimmers representing Canada at the recent 2014 Para-PanPacific Swimming Championships held in Pasadena, CA, at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Centre, and they afforded themselves very well, taking home a lot of hardware in a meet which, for many, was their first exposure to broad international competition.

Adam Rahier (SKSC) also picked up multiple medals in the S14 class, taking home gold in 200 IM (new Canadian record) as well as silver in 100 Fly and 100 Back, plus bronze in 100 Breast. His teammate at SKSC, Nathan Stein, added a gold in the men's S10 100 Fly, as well as silver in 100 Free and bronze in 50 Free, with the 100 Free performance setting a new Canadian record.  Andrew Cooke (KISU) took home a silver in the S5 class for men's 50 Back and bronze in 200 IM, while establishing new Canadian records in those events as well as 50 Free.

Dalton Boon (WDSC), fresh off some record-breaking swims at meets earlier in the summer, opened up the meet in strong fashion, taking silver and bronze medals in the 200 Free (new Canadian record) and 50 Free events for S14 class swimmers.  He followed that up later in the meet with another bronze in 100 Free as well.

Danielle Kisser (DELTA) added a bronze in the S6 class of women's 100 Breast, establishing a new Canadian record in 50 Free as well, while Brianna Nelson (ISC) contributed silver medals in the women's S7 class 50 Fly, 200 IM, and 100 Free, plus a bronze in 50 Free, and Tyler Mrak (SKSC) contributed a bronze medal in the men's 100 Breast for the S13 class.