Pool lined with silver for White


Swimming CanadaSYDNEY, Australia – Oakville swimmer Evan White collected his second silver medal at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Competing in the men’s 200-m individual medley on Sunday (Jan.20), White was timed in 2:04.30 finishing about a second behind winner Ryo Fujimoto of Japan (2:03.29). White’s first silver medal came in the 400m IM.

White also had a fifth place finish as part of the 4X100m medley relay with fellow Oakville native Bryce Kwiecien-Delaney and Stefano Gardiman of Brampton, and James Dergousoff of Christina Lake, B.C.

Sydney Pickrem of Halifax earned gold and silver on Sunday to highlight a four-medal Canadian performance to conclude swimming at the competition.

Pickrem won the women’s 200m IM in two minutes and 15.15 seconds. She edged Yui Ohashi of Japan second in 2:15.21 and Hayley Baker of Australia third in 2:15.88.

Just a few minutes later Pickrem added a silver in the 200m breaststroke clocking 2:31.09. Australia’s Jenna Strauch dominated the race in 2:27.55.

Pickrem ends the competition as Canada’s most successful swimmer with four medals: gold in the 200-m IM and 200-m backstroke and silver in the 400-m IM and 200-m breaststroke.
Canada’s fourth medal of the day was a bronze earned by Paige Kremer of St. Albert, Alta. She clocked 25.88 finishing behind two Australians.

Other women’s results: Canada was fourth in the 4X100-m medley relay with Kremer, Lili Margitai of Edmonton, Pickrem and Alexandra Aitchison of Edmonton. Aitchison was also fourth in the 800-m freestyle.

Dergousoff in the 200-m breaststroke and Peter Brothers of Victoria in the 1,500-m freestyle.

Canada ended the meet with seven medals (two gold, four silver, one bronze).

Canada fielded its national youth team (16 and under) and competed primarily against junior-aged (17-18) competition at this event.

The Festival, launched in 2001 and held every two years, attracted this year more than 1,700 athletes from 30 countries competing in 17 sports. More than 150 Olympians have competed at the Festival.