The third day of competition at the 2013 Jeux Canada Games in Sherbrooke, QC, saw Team BC's swimmers continue its assault on records, and most encouraging, they came from two of the youngest members of the team: 15-year-olds Emily Overholt (WVOSC) and Markus Thormeyer (WDSC) each broke a long-standing record.
Overholt, who came into the meet known mostly for her butterfly and IM capabilities (not dissimilar from one Michael Phelps) showed that she's a force to be reckoned with in middle-distance freestyle as well. In addition to posting the fastest lead-off split in the 4x200 Free relay a couple days ago, she blew away the field in the 400 Free on Tuesday night, and in doing so, broke a record that had stood since back when you could buy an AMC Pacer on dealer lots - 1981. And it wasn't just by a couple tenths of a second - Overholt knocked almost three full seconds off the existing record.
For his part, Markus Thormeyer overcame a sizeable deficit off the start in the men's 100 Back to come back on the rest of the field to take the bronze medal in the event, and in doing so, broke a record that had stood for over 15 years - dating all the way back to 1998. His time of 56.64 was just half a second off the silver-medal winning time, and given that both the guys who finished ahead of him are of the age to be heading into third-year university, it was a great performance from him.
The other gold medal for the Team BC swimmers came from Magnus Batara who won the Special Olympics 100 Back.
Haley Black (PGB) put together the best swim of the meet so far in the women's 100 Back, winning the bronze medal from way out in lane eight. Dalton Boon (WDSC) also won a bronze in the Para-100 Back.
The last medal of the night for the BC swimmers came from the men's 4x100 Free relay team of Jonathan Kraft (WDSC), Justin Chan (UBCD), Sergey Holson (UBCD), and Stefan Milosevic (HYACK). Their time actually beat the pre-existing Canada Games record and was over two seconds better than their combined best times, but not quite good enough to surpass the quartets from Ontario and Alberta.
Our other finalists on the third day of competition: Danica Ludlow (PGB), 5th in 400 Free Back; Stefan Milosevic (HYACK), 6th in 400 Free; Luke Reilly (UBCD), 7th in 400 Free; Robert Hill and James Dergousoff (CHENA), 5th and 7th, respectively, in 200 Breast; Heidi Bradley (IS) 8th in 100 Back; Tyler Mrak (SKSC), 6th in Para-100 Back; Nerissa Zelych (TYEE), 6th in 100 Fly; Avery Newton (KISU), 5th in Para-100 Back; Courtenay Rekis 7th in SO 100 Back;
Winners of the "B" Final were Robert Hill, 100 Back, and Melissa Jung, 50 Fly, both from CHENA.