Zakala, Parkes Win Open Water at Cdn. Age Champs

While the field was not necesarily as deep as at the pool events from Wednesday through Sunday, the 5000m Open Water race in the Olympic rowing basin in Montreal was still probably the largest open water race that most of the swimmers have ever taken part in.

In the boys' races, just under 100 swimmers took to the start line, with BC boys winning the youngest and oldest age groups.  Josh Zakala (KAJ) handily won the 13&U boys race in 1:01:54, with almost a full minute over the second-place swimmer, while Zac Parkes (UVPCS) took the 17-18 boys race in 58:27, winning by fewer than five seconds.  Justin Chan (UBCD) collected a bronze medal in the 16-year-old boys race, missing the silver by just over two seconds.

The girls' races were contested by 92 swimmers, with BC having one medalist in the form of Victoria Mock (UVPCS) who actually tied (to the hundredth) for the bronze in the 14-year-old girls category.  

Other swimmers in the top eight in their respective age groups were Haley Bennett (RAC) - 6th, Katherine Dunlop (KAJ) - 8th, Jessie Ogden (IS) - 6th, Zhaoxin Zou (UBCD) - 8th, and Evan Letkeman (UVPCS) - 7th.