With most of Canada's top swimmers away in preparation for Commonwealth Games which start next week, the door is open for young up-and-coming swimmers to take centre stage and assert themselves as a presence on the National level at the 2014 Canadian Summer Nationals being held this week in Saskatoon, SK.
The first day of competition lived up to that promise, particularly from the BC contingent, as BC high schoolers won two of the first four events; in addition to that, four of the first five finals of the meet were won by SwimBC athletes.
Eric Hedlin (IS) kicked off the meet with a win in the men's 800 Free, which was followed by Noemie Thomas (UBCD) taking the 50 Fly championship. 17-year-old Danica Ludlow (IS) claimed her first national championship in the women's 200 Free, which was then matched by her teammate, Jeremy Bagshaw in the men's 200 Free. Taking the silver was Stefan Milosevic (UBCD).
Samantha Corea (UBCD) picked up two medals over the course of the evening, taking the silver behind Thomas in 50 Fly, then a bronze in 100 Back.
Markus Thormeyer (WDSC), came within a couple tenths of a second in the men's 100 Back, and then the evening was capped off by UBCD winning a new event on the Nationals meet schedule - the mixed 4x100 Free Relay.
On the second night of finals, Bagshaw and Milosevic again went gold-silver, this time in the men's 100 Free, while Sergey Holson (UBCD) won his first Senior National championship in the men's 100 Breast.
Alec Page (IS) easily won the men's 400 IM, then pitched in to help lead Island Swimming's men's team to victory in the 4x200 Free relay.