The 2018 RBC Canadian Junior Championships wrapped up on Monday with the 1.5K and 3.0K open water races about 45 minutes outside the city at St. Malo Provincial Park. It was a beautiful setting for the race with calm water, sandy beaches, no mosquitos, and one of the largest fields ever at a Canadian Age Group / Junior Championships event with just under 170 confirmed at start time.
The 13-14yr. girls and 14-15yr. boys each swam 1.5km races - two laps of the 750m course, while the older ages swam 3.0km
The 15-17yr. girls race was the showcase event for SwimBC athletes, as they earned five of the top eight placings. Chantel Jeffrey (ISC), Acacia Benn (KISU), Kelsey Andrusak (ISC), and Molly Fogarty (CSSSC) were part of a six-swimmer pack for the first three laps, before Jeffrey decided to test the field and opened up a bit of a gap. The others chased for most of the last lap, but Jeffrey hung on for the victory, while Benn, Andrusak, and Kate Sullivan out of Newfoundland battled for the two remaining medals. Benn got her hand on the finish pad first out of that group, just 15 seconds behind Jeffrey, while Andrusak just barely got out-touched at the finish to take fourth. Molly Fogarty finished fifth, while Kyla Ross (ISC) was seventh to round out BC's finishers in the Top10.
Top finisher in the 14-15yr. boys race was Calvin Slinn (WDSC), who earned a silver medal, just twelve seconds behind the winner, while Ashley McMillan (KISU) was the top BC finisher on the girls 13-14yr. side, finishing in sixth roughly half a minute back of the winning pack. Kara Beauregard (CRKW) also cracked the top ten, just over ten seconds behind McMillan.