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Canadian National Championships - Day 2

New Breaststroke Era Underway With Sloan And Knabe


Nick Thierry

Women's 100 breaststroke

Tara Sloan, 17, UCSC, took the lead off the start. Her 50 split of 32.26 was just 8/100ths off the Canadian record pace. She had a body-length lead with 25 m to the finish. Her winning time of 1:09.43 is third on the all-time Canadian list.

Top breaststroker Tara Sloan
For larger 64k photo click on image. Photo © Marco Chiesa

Lauren Van Oosten, 18, Nanaimo Riptide, who was second with 1:10.24, improved seven seconds in the last two years. She will be an exciting addition to the national team.

Both swimmers qualified for Pan Pacs.
Riley Mants, 18, UCSC, was third in 1:12.39

Men's 100 breaststroke

After the early leader, Glendon Flint 29.78, faded out of contention, Morgan Knabe, 16, EKSC, who was third at the 50 with 30.09, moved up on the field to take the lead at 75 metres and had a body length on the field to touch in 1:03.06. It was the third fastest Canadian time on the all time list. His time was the only qualifier to Pan Pacs, equalling the required time.

In second was Russell Patrick, 22, UCSC, with 1:04.19 and in third was Jean-Nicolas Poirier, 21, MEGO, with 1:04.32.

Women's 400 freestyle

Joanne Malar, 21, HWAC, took the lead at the start and increased it throughout the race over Jessica Deglau, 17, PDSA, who finished a body and a half back. Malar's time of 4:15.46 was under the Pan Pac qualifying time, but Deglau just missed with her 4:17.46.

Malar's strategy of taking the lead early paid off. "I took it out too slow yesterday in the 200 free. So I went for it right from the start. I train to be able to do this every day," she said.

Andrea Schwartz, 20, ROD, moved into third at the 300, and held on to finish with 4:18.89.

Men's 400 freestyle

It was a great battle between Michael McWha, 20, WAC, and Mark Johnston, 17, BROCK.

Johnson took the lead on the first 50 and held it until the last 25 metres, when McWha put on a finishing sprint to touch ahead with 3:56.32 to Johnson's 3:56.47.

The respective splits were:
McWha Johnston
57.64 57.25
1:57.58 1:57.44
2:57.96 2:57.60
3:56.32 3:56.47

With the Pan Pac standard being 3:56.40, McWha qualified but Johnston missed by 7/100ths. Johnson was already on the team from the 200 free.
Sam Lawson, 18, PDSA, was third in 4:02.09.

Women's 100 butterfly

Jessica Amey, 20, UCSC, took the lead off the start, and turned first at the 50 with 28.51 to Jennifer Button, 19, ROW's 29.63.

It was Amey all the way on the second length, touching in 1:01.52, under the Pan Pac standard of 1:01.58.

Button was second with 1:02.07 and Jesica Deglau, 17, PDSA, third with 1:02.27.

Men's 100 butterfly

Stephen Clarke, 24, ROW, took the lead half-way down the first 50, turning first at the 50 with 25.35. He held off the challenge from Shamek Pietucha, 20, EKSC, and Garret Pulle, 18, AAC, to touch first with 54.20.

Pietucha's time was 54.63 and Pulle struggled to finish in 55.15 for third, after a 54.47 prelim swim in the morning.

Only Clarke went under the 54.50 Pan Pac qualifying time.

A Canadian club record was bettered in the women's 4x100 free relay with 3:49.58 by the University of Calgary Swim Club, bettering the old record of 3:51.09.

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