Oakville swimmers crowned champions

swimming_canada_logoMONTREAL – Olivia Anderson won the women’s 800-metre freestyle Sunday (Aug. 9) for her second gold medal of the Canadian Swimming Championships, burnishing her high hopes for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

The 16-year-old prevailed in eight minutes 47.07 seconds, slightly faster than her time when she finished fifth at the Team Canada Trials in Toronto in April. Anderson shared the podium at Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre with two other teens – Oakville Aquatic Club’s 16-year-old Tessa Cieplucha (8:50.00) and Edmonton Keyano Swim Club’s Sophia Saroukian (8:51.20), who is 17.

Anderson also won the women’s 1,500-m freestyle on Thursday, but was bent on adding a gold at a distance that’s contested at the Olympics.

The Etobicoke Swimming Club athlete had a 31.23-second closing split and had only three 50-metre splits above 33.5. Anderson related that she’s benefited from training with Canadian record holder Brittany MacLean, who made an Olympic freestyle final in 2012.

The Oakville Aquatic claimed two titles at the meet: Team champions and Women’s Team Champions.

The world junior championships are set for Aug. 25-30 in Singapore.

Luke Reilly and Erica Seltenreich-Hodgson, who each competed at the Pan Am Games in July, completed individual medley sweeps with 200-m IM victories. Reilly made his move in the breaststroke leg and clocked 2:01.61 to prevail over David Riley (2:03.54) from Toronto Swim Club.

Seltenreich-Hodgson, of the Greater Ottawa Kingfish, won women’s 200-m IM in 2:12.90. Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., earned silver.

Eric Hedlin won men’s 1,500-m freestyle gold in 15:13.25, more than 15 seconds ahead of Keyano’s Kier Maitland. Hedlin’s Island Swimming Club teammate, 18-year-old Peter Brothers, collected bronze in 15:37.01.

Jacomie Strydom of Edmonton won women’s 200-m butterfly decisively, clocking at 2:13.57. The 19-year-old from Olympian Swim Club, who is a student-athlete at the University of British Columbia, won by more than second over 16-year-old Camille Wishaupt (2:14.72) of France and second-fastest Canadian Sophie Marois (2:15.32).

Oakville Aquatic Club’s Gamal Assaad was the fastest Canadian in men’s 200-m butterfly at 2:01.20. Ireland’s Brendan Hyland (2:00.01) and French teenager Matthias Marsau (2:00.86) finished first and second.

Alex Loginov of Toronto Swim Club triumphed in men’s 50-m freestyle in an impressive 22.62 seconds, shading Christopher Manning of by seven-hundredths of a second. Manning (22.69) and teammate Cameron Kidd (22.69) furnished a 2-3 finish for the Brantford, Ont.-based W. Ross Macdonald Swimming Club.

Montreal Aquatic Club’s Arianne Mainville topped an all-Quebec podium in women’s 50-m freestyle, winning gold in 25.50 seconds. Mainville, 21, was tailed closely by silver medallist Caroline Lapierre-Lemire (25.72) from host Pointe-Claire Swim Club and bronze medallist Sarah Fournier (25.97) of Quebec Regional Swimming Club.

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