|Ferraro on fire at Easterns|
MONTREAL/SASKATOON - Mitchel Ferraro of Uxbridge Swim Club won three gold medals and set two meet records on Day 2 of the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal.
Ferraro swam personal bests in all three events, setting a meet record of 55.24 to take the 16-and-under division in 100-metre backstroke. He also bested the meet mark in 50-m freestyle at 23.13 and won the 50-m butterfly in a time of 25.10.
"It felt pretty good. Going into this meet I felt really fast, so it's good that everything pulls together," said Ferraro, who is hoping for another best time in the 100-metre freestyle Saturday.
Meanwhile, at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon,
Lili Margitai and Paige Kremer, both of Edmonton, Anthony Lyons of Calgary and Chris Manning of Brantford, Ont., were all double winners.
Margitai and Kremer took the women's 50-metre butterfly and 50-m freestyle in the 15-and-under and 16-and-over categories, while Lyons and Manning did the same on the men's side in the 16-and-under and 17-and-over age groups.
Competition in both meets continues through to Sunday at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon, and Centre Sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal. This year, results from both meets are being combined on a virtual leaderboard at
https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2013speedocombined/ with an overall title up for grabs.
It was also a big night for Emily Overholt of West Vancouver in the 15-and-under 400-m individual medley as she lowered the meet record to 4:47.57.
At Easterns, the host CAMO men's team capped the night by setting a new meet record in the 4x100-m freestyle relay. The team of Alexandre Lavater, Kevin Bustamante, Antoine Bernard-Lalonde, and Mirando Jarry turned in a time of 3:21.80.
In other Easterns highlights, Olympian Victoria Poon of Piscine Parc Olympique broke the meet record in 50-m freestyle with a time of 24.97. Olivia Sbaraglia of Dolphins Swimming was the top youth at 25.88
Aly Abdel-Khalik of Etobicoke Swimming had another strong day, following up his double-gold performance from Thursday with a winning time of 4:16.09 in 400-m IM. Abdel-Khalik won the event by more than three seconds and topped the 10-year-old meet record set by former Olympian Keith Beavers.
Karyn Jewell (Gatineau) won the women's 400-m individual medley in a time of 4:41.75, but said she wasn't pleased with her performance.
"I wasn't too happy with it. I know I've been training really hard so I know I can go faster in a different race at another meet," she said. "There's just some mental aspects that I need to fix and I know that will help me a lot with my other swims so it's something I'll work on."
Jewell said she is looking ahead to World Championships Trials in Victoria from April 3 to 6.
"I know I have a lot of work to do and I'm willing to do it so I'm excited for trials," she said.
Kristina Steins of Dolphins Swimming took the women's 100-m backstroke, touching the wall at 59.32 to break the meet record of 59.60 she set in the morning. Her Dolphins teammate Meryn McCann won the 15-and-under category in a time of 1:01.19, setting a national age group mark (13-14).
Caroline Lapierre-Lemire of Megophias won the women's 50-m butterfly at 27.13, ahead of a three-way tie for second at 27.53 between Paige Schultz of Toronto Swim Club, Kylie Masse of Windsor Essex and Vanessa Charron of CSQ. In 15-and-under action, it was Sadie Fazekas of Windsor Essex out in front at 27.30, a new meet record.
J-F Crevier (Samak) was fastest in men's 200-m breaststroke at 2:15.45, while James Guest (Pointe-Claire) set a new youth record at 2:12.70. Guest also won the 16-and-under 400-m IM at 4:25.94.
In the men's 100-m back, Kyle Haas of Halton Hills Blue Fins finished first with a time of 54.61. Mirando Jarry of CAMO stopped the clock at 22.99 to take the men's 50-m freestyle. Samuel Wang (Sherbrooke) won the open 50-m butterfly at 24.70. Genevieve Robertson (Guelph Marlins) was first in women's 200-m breaststroke at 2:28.60.
Olivia Paskulin (Pointe-Claire) touched first in the 15-and-under 200-m breaststroke in 2:30.66. Melanya Zaraska of Etobicoke Swimming was first in the women's 15-and-under 400-m IM at 4:51.20.
Newmarket Stingrays captured the women's 4x100-m freestyle relay as Sarah McLean, Megan Barrack, Tanawan Sukonthapanich and Selin Ozturk combined for a time of 3:49.18.
Other Western winners in the women's 15-and-under were Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg in the 100-m backstroke and Eva Nagy of Vancouver in the 200-m breaststroke.
Other winners in the women's 16-and-over were Haley Black of Prince George, B.C., in the 100-m backstroke, Esther Gonzalez of Edmonton in the 200-m breaststroke and Breanne Siwicki of Winnipeg in the 400-m IM.
Also with wins for the men were Brandon De Costa of Nanaimo, B.C., in the 100-m backstroke, Ryder McGinnis of Edmonton in the 200-m breaststroke and Markus Thormeyer of Tsawwassen, B.C., in the 400-m IM in the 16-and-under group.
For the 17-and-over, other victors were Rohan Jacobs of Kelowna, B.C., in the 100-m backstroke, Nick Kostiuk of Edmonton in the 200-m breaststroke and David Dimitrov of Kelowna in the 400-m IM.
Calgary's Cascade Swim Club and Edmonton's Olympian Swim Club won the men's and women's 4X100-m freestyle relays.
Full results are available at: http://results.teamunify.com/cansgsc/ for Westerns and https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2013speedoeastern/ for Easterns.