Sunday, August 26, 2012

2 More Medals for Canada on Saturday of Junior Pan Pacs

Noemie Thomas of Vancouver won gold in the women's 100FLY last night in Hawaii. Noemie's time (59.02) was almost a half second slower than her prelim swim of 58.68 which was the 3rd fastest time in Canadian history (2nd fastest is 58.67) and was a Junior Pan Pacs meet record. I, for one, am pretty excited about this 16 year old's future in Canadian swimming, given the fact that she is quickly closing in on the Canadian Record and winning internationally as a junior. Congrats to her and Tom Rushton, her coach. Edward Liu of TSC finished 7th in the mens 100FLY for the Canadian Men and Brayden Salmon of LAC finished 8th.

The other medal came in the women's 4x100FR relay where our women PAMMETT, CHAN, SELTENREICH-HODGSON, KREMER) won bronze. Aside from these 2 medals, Canada fell short of the podium a few more times with Alexandra Aitchison finishing 4th in 400FR and Will Brothers and Aly Abdel-Khalik finishing 6th and 7th on the guys side. Sydney Pickrem finished 4th in Women's 200BK, missing the podium by a quarter of a second, while Cynthia Pammett was 8th (as was Dimitar Ivanov on the men's side).

The Men's 4x100FR (ARAFA, ABDEL-KHALIK,GILCHRIST, MILOSEVIC) finished 4th, about 2.3 seconds out of 3rd. It should be noted, however (especially if Swim Ontario is looking for bright spots) that 3/4 of this relay were Ontario swimmers (Arafa - OAK, Abdel-Khalik - ESWIM and Gilchrst - AJAX). This is a pretty exciting prospect when one consider's Swim Ontario Head, John Vadeika's goal of international gold medals being produced in Ontario.

Canada remains locked in 4th with 1 more day to go.
Live results can be found here.
STREAMING LIVE VIDEO for finals and prelims can be found here.

I am hoping to have an episode of #coachmikepodcast up for Monday featuring an interview with Canadian Junior Coach, Ken McKinnon. Stay tuned!