The final day of competition at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal saw some more great competition as some of the best young swimmers in Canada continued to challenge some established veterans of senior international competition.
Mackenzie Padington (CRKW) and Sydney Pickrem (ISC) continued to do what they'd done through the first three days of the meet - win races with impressive times. Padington took the 100 Free final, to make it a near clean-sweep of the freestyle races; she passed on the 50, and took silver in the 400, but other than that, ran the table. Molly Gowans (ISC) continued her strong showing at the meet by taking 8th in that 100Free race.
Meanwhile, Pickrem dominated the breaststroke and medley events, adding Sunday night's 100 Breastroke victory to her list of achievements this weekend. Padington and Pickrem ended up tied for the overall women's aggregate high point award (scored 5-2-1 for medal placings).
Also picking up a medal on the final night was Lauren Swistak (SFA) who won a bronze in women's 200 Fly - her first National Championship medal; Josie Field (LOSC) was seventh in that final. And ISC took the gold in the penultimate event of the night by narrowly winning the women's 4x100 MR with the quartet of Danielle Hanus, Emma Myburgh, Kyla Ross, and Molly Gowans.
The other SwimBC Championship finalists included Tyler Wall of KISU (9th in M100FR), and Jaren Lefranc of KISU and Ruishen Yu of SKSC (seventh and eighth, respectively, in M100BR);
The other big "competition within the competition" was the race for the Junior (18&U) PanPacs team which will be competing in Fiji this coming August. Bailey Herbert (LOSC) solidified her chances of making the team with another swim under the selection standard by taking fourth place in the women's 100BR with a time of 1:10.61.
The overall women's team Championship banner was won by ISC - congratulations to that squad!
At the conclusion of the meet, the Junior PanPacs Team announcement included four SwimBC athletes:
- Bailey Herbert (LOSC)
- Octavia Lau (HYACK)
- Tyler Wall (KISU)
- Brodie Young (HYACK)
Congratulations to those four athletes, their coaches, and their clubs who have supported them in their goals and achievements.