Three breaststroke sweeps at Speedo Western Canadian Open

EDMONTON - Mariya Chekanovych (ARIE) of Burnaby, B.C., and Calgarians Jason Block and Oliver Bidrman completed golden breaststroke sweeps in their respective age groups on Saturday at the Speedo Western Canadian Open swimming competition being held this week at the Kinsmen Centre.

Chekanovych took Saturday’s 50-m race to go along with her 100-m and 200-m breaststroke wins earlier this week. Other winners in the age group were Emily Overholt (WVOSC/HPC - Vancouver) of West Vancouver in the 400-m freestyle, Jessica Gibson in the 100-m butterfly and Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg in the 200-m backstroke.

Block took the 50-m breaststroke in the men’s 17 and over class. Also victorious were Kier Maitland of Edmonton in the 400-m freestyle, Rob Hill (CHENA/UVIC) of North Vancouver in the 100-m butterfly and Markus Thormeyer (WDSC) of Delta, B.C., in the 200-m backstroke.

Bidrman completed his breaststroke domination in the men’s 16 and under. Also winning in the age group were Rafael Davila (ISC) of Victoria in the 400-m freestyle, Tai Long Singh (WDSC) of Delta in the 100-m butterfly and Josh Zakala (KAJ) of Kamloops, B.C., in the 200-m backstroke.

The winners in the women’s 15 and under were Molly Gowans (PCS) of Victoria in the 400-m freestyle, Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., in the 100-m butterfly, Lauren Crisp (PCS) of Victoria in the 200-m backstroke and Renae Ledoux (LOSC) of Langley, B.C., in the 50-m breaststroke.

Smith and Thormeyer share the lead for the most individual gold medals so far with four apiece.

Competition ends Sunday.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canosc/2015_Westerns/