Emily Overholt (WVOSC) made her move from being one of the top Junior swimmers in Canada to being among the best in the world with a bronze-medal-winning performance in the women's 400IM on the opening night of the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships being held in Dubai, UAE.
Her time of 4:42.03 also set a new National Age Group record for 15-17 year-olds, and being that she is still only 15, that record has a good chance of staying in her hands for some time.
Seeded fifth going into the final after a solid prelims swim that was just off her previous best time, Overholt went after it right from the start in the final, being the second fastest on the opening leg of the race; after giving up some ground and a couple placings in the backstroke, she stormed back on the breastroke leg and then held on to win the bronze behind two Amercian swimmers.
Later on in the session, she led out the Canadian 4x200 Free Relay team in her lifetime best 200 time as well, helping the team to a fourth-place finish. Stefan Milosevic (HYACK) was the other SwimBC athlete in the finals session, as he similarly helped carry the men's 4x100 Free Relay team to a fourth-place finish.
Dubai is 11 hours ahead of Pacific Time, so prelims run starting at 11:00pm, and finals at 7:00am here on the West Coast.