SwimBC's King Wins Gold At Aussie U18 Champs

Sydney, Australia (January 8, 2010) - After two weeks of hard training and four days of competition behind Savannah King, her physical and mental strength earned her a gold medal in the 800-metre freestyle for 17-18 year-olds.  With a time of 8:51.11, she beat her closest competitor by more than five seconds.  This performance capped another strong day for the 20 member Canadian Junior/Youth swimming team.  Five gold medals have been awarded during this competition.

“All the hard work we have done has really paid off,’’ said King, a member of last season’s world championship team with a gold and two silver so far this week. ‘’We are in the middle of our training year and to come to long meet like this (six-days) is very beneficial. I was very pleased with my race tonight. My 400 split was very close to the time I had in the 400 free race earlier in the week.

Other great performances from B.C. swimmers included Nicholas Sinclair of Victoria who added a win in the men’s 200 backstroke for 17-18 year-olds with Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria third.

Competition ends Saturday.