Youngsters Shine on Day 1 at 2015 Summer Nationals

The first night of finals at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Championships in Pointe Claire, QC, spotlighted some up-and-coming talent from SwimBC as well as allowing some of the veterans of National teams to show the rest of the field how it’s done.

Leading off the night was the men’s 800 Free where 16-year-old Colin Gilbert (KCS) took the bronze - his first medal at a Senior National Championship, while Josh Zakala (KAJ) wasn’t far behind in fourth.

The women’s 200 Free saw Danica Ludlow (ISC) take the silver in one of her best performances of the year, which was followed not too long after by a medal sweep for SwimBC in the men’s event, with Stefan Milosevic (UBCD), Alec Page (ISC), and Keegan Zanatta (UBCD) finishing in that order.  In fact, SwimBC athletes swept the Top5 spots in that event, as Markus Thormeyer (WDSC) and Peter Brothers (ISC) filled in the next two placings.

Rob Hill (Chena) was the next medalist from BC, winning his first-ever medal by winning the men’s 100Back, and then Tera Van Beilen (UBCD) took a bronze in the women’s 200 Breast.

The men’s 200 Breast, while not featuring any BC swimmers, was probably the race of the night, as Jason Block (UCSC) and Eli Wall (TSC) battled it out, with the 25-year-old Block winning in 2:12.87, just a tenth ahead of Wall; both of those times would have won Trials this past spring, and are probably in the Top10 times ever done by a Canadian.

The final individual event of the evening was the women’s 1500 Free, which saw another youngster - 15-year-old Molly Gowans (UVPCS) - pick up her first-ever Senior National medal, with a silver medal performance in a time of 16:52.84.

The session closed with the mixed 4x100 Free relay, which saw UBCD just barely out-touch CAMO for the win.

The meet continues through Sunday at the Pointe Claire Aquatic Centre with online results available here.