Double win for Overholt

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Seventeen-year-old Emily Overholt (HPC - Vancouver/WVOSC) is hopeful her double win on the final night of the Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet on Sunday is a good omen for the PanAm Games, where the 17-year-old will also have events in close succession.

Within about a half-hour block, the Vancouver native triumphed in women's 200-metre butterfly and 100-m freestyle at the UBC Aquatics Centre, giving her four victories over a span of three days.

Overholt, who is gearing up for her first Pan Am Games and world championships this summer, won 200-m butterfly in two minutes 12.91 seconds for a two-second margin over countrywoman Jacomie Strydom. She had a short break and returned to win 100-m freestyle in 56.77 seconds, ahead of Meryn McCann (57.52) and Ashley Sutherland (57.91).

“I think I had about 15 minutes in between,” said Overholt, who also won Friday's 200-m freestyle on Friday and Saturday's 200-m individual medley. “I didn't really have time to think about how I was tired.

“This doesn't happen too often at international meets, but it's good to practise swimming back-to-back. I've been practising it a lot recently. I did it last weekend in Charlotte [at the Pro Swim Series meet]. This summer I actually have 400 IM and the 4x200 freestyle relay on the same day at Pan Ams. We've been working on doubling back, having multiple swims each day and being able to do them at a high level.”

Overholt's double was a highlight of an evening where Canadians won 6-of-8 individual events.

Yuri Kisil also had an auspicious result by winning men's 100-m freestyle. The Calgary native crept touched at 50.49 to edge countryman Stefan Milosevic (HPC - Vancouver/UBCDS) (50.82) of the UBC Dolphins.

“Tonight I tried to look at my race as more a whole, equating Charlotte and this meet,” said Kisil, who is also bound for Pan Ams. “I looked at all four of my 100 frees and wanted to be as close to 3:20 as possible – or 50 seconds. I got to 3:21, so I was pretty happy.”

Sixteen-year-old Ingrid Wilm had a promising showing by winning women's 100-m backstroke. The representative of Calgary's Cascade Swim Club turned in a time of 1:02.47, edging Johanna Roas (1:02.64).

Wilm's win was part of a Stampede City sweep in 100 back. Russell Wood, 21, clocked in at 55.88 to surpass Carter Griffin (56.66) and fellow Canadian Markus Thormeyer (57.15).

Rachel Nicol also had her second victory in three tries, winning women's 50-m breaststroke in 31.59 seconds. Nicol, of Lethbridge, Alta., also won the 100-m breaststroke on Friday and placed third in 200-m IM on Saturday.