White picks up second Canada Games swim win

Logo Final Essentiel Jean-Michel Mercier copieOakville swimmer Evan White won a second race during Tuesday’s (Aug. 6) competitions at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, QC.

White’s second victory came in the 200-metre breaststroke. Edward Liu of Toronto was also a double winner after taking the 50-m butterfly.

Swimmer Jeffrey Swanston will have something to brag about when he returns home to Newmarket, Ont.: a Canada Games gold medal won in the 100-m backstroke.

It’s a feat his older brother, Matthew, currently on the national team, nor his father, Allan Swanston, were able to achieve in their swimming careers. Matthews did not compete at a Canada Games while Allan collected three silver at the 1977 Games in St. John’s, N.L.

Swanston won Tuesday’s race in a Games record 55.88 with Joe Byram of Edmonton second in 56.63 and Markus Thormeyer of Victoria third in 56.64.

Games records were lowered in all events except the men’s and women’s 200-m breaststrokes.

Another winner in the men’s races was Teddy Kalp of North York, Ont., in the 400-m freestyle.

In women’s competition, 15-year-old Emily Overholt of West Vancouver smashed a 33-year-old Games mark with a powerful final length clocking 4:15.75 in the 400-m freestyle.

Other winners in women’s competition were Kennedy Goss of Toronto in the 100-m backstroke, Erin Stamp of Guelph, in the 200-m breaststroke and Frederique Cigna of Montreal in the 50-m butterfly.

Ontario won both 4X100-m freestyle relays.

In Para-swimming, the winners were Hannah Maclean of PEI and Cameron MacDonald of Manitoba in the 50-m backstroke; Alicia Denoon and Alexander Elliot, both of Ontario, in the 100-m backstroke; Claire McNally of Nova Scotia in the women’s 50-m butterfly; and Samantha Ryan of Saskatchewan and Elliot in the 100-m butterfly.

In Special Olympics races winners were Miori Henault of Quebec and Magnus Batara of B.C., in the 100-m backstroke.