The final night of the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships kicked off with the splash-and-dash 50 Free “A” and “B” finals, followed by 200IM, 400Free, and the pool events finishing off with the 4x100 Medley Relays.
Andrea Kratzer (KWIC) kicked the night off for the SwimBC athletes in great fashion, as she dropped almost 3/10th second from her previous PB to win the event in 26.57; Camryn Standard (NRST) and Zadie Fack (PSW) also posted lifetime PBs in that final to finish 5th and 6th, in 27.20 and 27.27, respectively.
Three boys also made the “A” final of the 16-18yr. boys 50Free final, with the top finisher being James the youngest of the trio - James Lebuke (CSSSC), who took the silver in 23.15 - an improvement of over half a second over his previous best. Brian Yu (RAPID) finished just outside the medals in fourth with a time of 23.73, while Ruishen Yu (SKSC) was eighth in the final in 24.31. Lebuke followed up that stunning performance - 15th fastest in the country for Open Men - with a come-from-behind silver-medal performance in 200IM, again in a massive PB off 2:07.92.
Lots of BC depth in the 200IM, particularly on the girls side, with 14 swimmers qualified for the “A” and “B” finals. The group was led by Ashley McMillan (KISU), who won the 13-14 girls event with a new PB of 2:20.46; Camryn Stannard, fresh off her 50Free final, finished eighth in that event. Axana Merckx (KWIC) and Kelsey Andrusak (ISC) both came within just over an arm’s length of the medals, finishing in 2:20.74 and 2:20.95, respectively, to claim 4th and 5th. Justin Fotherby took seventh in the 14-15yr. boys’ “B” final with a PB of 2:11.52.
Naeva Scott-Bouris (UVPCS) added to the bronze in the 1500 earlier in the meet by moving up a step and claiming the silver in the 13-14 girls in 4:27.72. Kyla Ross (ISC) matched that in the 15-17yr. girls race with a new PB of 4:19.95 in a very close finish for the silver. Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) was just outside the medals in 4:24.23, while Sophie Lorette (UVPCS) was right behind her in 4:24.89 for fifth.
The boys stepped up equally well, with Calvin Slinn (WDSC) having his best outing of the meet to finish fourth with a time of 4:08.19, closing fast on the leaders, but falling just 1/10th short of a medal.
And then Raben Dommann (CHENA) completed his sweep of the distance events by taking the 16-18yr. boys 400Free gold with a new best time of 3:59.56, while Dmitriy Lim way out in lane eight snuck in to take the bronze in a new PB of 4:04.40.
The 4x100 Medley Relays closed out the pool events for the meet; ISC was the top finisher in the girls race, finishing fifth in 4:21.01, with SPART tied for sixth, and KWIC eighth.
Top finishing BC team in the boys event, meanwhile, was SKSC in fourth, moving up significantly from their prelims seeding, while UVPCS was right behind them in fifth.
The final event of the Championships goes Monday morning roughly an hour outside the city at St. Malo Provincial Park, as the 1.5K and 3K open water races will be contested, with points scored there contributing to overall team points for the meet.