After a cool first couple of days in Winnipeg, the weather started to heat up outside on the third day of competition at the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships. And with it, the competition in Winnipeg’s PanAm pool continued to heat up, as SwimBC athletes had probably their best collective session of the meet so far.
First races of the evening were the girls’ 1500 Free, with the 13-14girls going first. Naeva Scott Bouris (UVPCS) built upon the fourth-place finish she had in the 800 on day one to win the bronze in 17:44.10, while Iris Tinmouth (COMOX) similarly took a significant step up the ranks to finish fifth.
In the 15-17yr girls race, Edmonton’s Emma O’Croinin won the race going away right from the start while Chantel Jeffrey and Kyla Ross (ISC) were involved in a tight three way battle for the other two medals. In the end, Ross prevailed to take the silver in 17:14.31, making her move with 500m to go and not looking back, while Jeffrey took the bronze in 17:20.15.
In the girls 100BR finals, Ashley McMillan (KISU) built on the 200Back bronze on Day1, then the silver in 400IM on Day2, to take the gold in the 13-14yr. race with a time of 1:13.24. Blake Currie (VPSC) used a strong second 50m to take the bronze in 1:14.77, just under a tenth of a second ahead of Emma Hwang (SFA) in 1:14.86, while Jessica Strong (HST) finished 8th in 1:16.41.
Emma Myburgh (ISC) battled in a tight five-person race in the 15-17yr. girls race and came from middle-of-that-pack to win in 1:11.56.
In the 14-15yr. boys 100BR, Michael Schmidt (UVPCS) turned first at the 50, but then had the field come back on him in the second half of the race with four swimmers lunging for the finish almost simultaneously. Just 16/100th of a second separated the top four places, with Schmidt finishing fourth, but winning the bronze medal by virtue of an international swimmer being among the top three. And similarly, Ruishen Yu (SKSC) came within a finger-tip of a third-place in the 16-18yr. boys 100BR, finishing fourth in 1:04.30, just 8/100th away from the bronze medal.
The 200 fly events were similarly strong for the SwimBC athletes, with three medals being claimed. A head-to-head battle in the 16-18yr. boys race resulted in Dmitriy Lim (SFA) just out-touching Raben Dommann (CHENA) to claim the gold in 2:03.47, with Dommann taking the silver medal. Lim's teammate, Isabella Brunoro led most of the race in the 13-14 girls event, before just being out-touched at the finish, hitting the wall in 2:19.83, just 2/10th sec. behind the winner. Andy Cho's (SKSC) fourth-place finish in the 14-15yr. boys race, and Sophie Lorette's (UVPCS) sixth-place finish rounded out the "A" finalists in the individual events.
Lorette turned around just a few minutes later to help her UVPCS team of Hana Edwards, Michael Schmidt, and Keir Ogilvie to a 6th-place finish in the Mixed 400MR to close out the evening.