The young up-and-coming athletes continued to take runs at - and medals away from - some of the established veterans of Canadian swimming on the second day of finals at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships, running through the weekend at Parc Olympique in Montreal.
And coming off a solid start on Day 1, BC swimmers kicked it up to another level. Mackenzie Padington (CRKW) kicked off the night the same way she did yesterday: by winning a freestyle event, this time the 200. It was a closer race, with the top three women within 8/100th of a second. But if Padington is in a close finish for the win, that's where you want to put your money. Sydney Pickrem (ISC) was the bronze medalist in that race.
The highlight swim of the night might have been Danielle Hanus' (ISC) 100 Back win, as she toyed with going under 1:00.00 for the first time, touching in 1:00.54 - in the Top15 times in the world this year - and winning by a full 1.50 seconds.
But then the young guns started to unleash some firepower. Tyler Wall (KISU), in his first National Championship final, found himself in a close race, not only for position, but in looking to make the time and be among the top three 18&U boys so as to be eligible for selection to the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs team this summer in Fiji. He finished fifth in 56.97, well under the 57.85 cut, but at least as important, was the third of the Junior-aged boys, albeit by a mere 4/100th sec.
The next Championship final saw Bailey Herbert (LOSC) go head-to-head with Victoria Kwan over the entire length of the 400IM, with Kwan eventually pulling away on the last part of the freestyle leg. But Herbert came away with her first National Championship medal - a silver - with a time (4:52.24) that was four seconds faster than her best coming into the meet, but just shy of the standard for Junior PanPacs. Axana Merckx (KWIC), in her first-ever National Championship final also put in a superb effort, breaking 5:00, and finishing sixth.
The men's 400IM saw another Junior from BC - Brodie Young (HYACK) - take a run at not only a medal, but also a potential berth on that Junior PanPacs team. And the young man delivered on both counts, taking the bronze with a time of 4:26.55, while also being the fastest Junior and being under the cut of 4:27.43. Josh Zakala (ISC) won the race with his best time so far this year in 4:21.75.
The "B" final of the men's 400IM saw one of the youngest competitors in the event, Justin Fotherby (KISU), finish a strong fourth, with his time of 4:38.65 breaking the existing 13-14 SwimBC record.