DUBAI, UAE – Ella Eastin led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish with gold in a meet record four minutes and 40.02 seconds. Rebecca Mann was second in 4:40.26 and Overholt won a battle for third spot on the last length clocking a personal best 4:42.03. It was also a Canadian age group record for Overholt eclipsing the previous 15-17 standard of 4:42.71 set by senior national team member Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa earlier this year.
Emu Higuchi of Japan who gradually gained ground on Overholt after a slow start was fourth in 4:42.82. Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian who resides in Oldsmar, Florida, was sixth.
Overholt also clocked a personal best time to lead off Canada’s 4X200m freestyle relay which placed fourth in 8:06.88 just over a second from third place Russia. Also on the relay were Pickrem, Lili Margitai of Edmonton and Kennedy Goss of Toronto.
Canada was also fourth in the men’s 4X100-m freestyle relay with Bryce Kwiecen-Delaney of Hamilton, Evan White of Oakville, Stefan Milosevic of Vancouver and Yuri Kisil of Calgary.
Canada has a 28-member team for these championships held every two years. Competition turns to Sunday.
Full results, schedule and start lists at: http://dubai2013.coloradotime.com/