April, 15, 2015

SYDNEY – Penny Oleksiak of Toronto produced her second double gold medal day this week on Wednesday at the Australian Age Championships swimming competition.

Oleksiak earned gold medals in the 200-m butterfly and 100-m freestyle in the girls 14-year-old age group. In the 200 fly she was a half second ahead of runner up Kara Svenson of Australia in 2:15.62. It was much closer in the 100 freestyle with the Canadian clocking 56.34 and Minna Atherton of Australia second in 56.42.

It was Oleksiak’s fifth medal of the competition. She won gold medals Monday in the 200-m individual medley and 100-m butterfly and added a bronze Tuesday in the 200-backstroke.

Meanwhile Sarah Darcel of Victoria stepped on the podium for the first time earning the silver in a close women’s 200-m breaststroke in the girls 15-year-old age group. Madison Thompson of Australia took the gold in 1:12.18 and Darcel followed in a personal best 1:12.31.

‘’I was behind on the first length and it’s my turn that made the difference,’’ said Darcel, tied for fifth at the 50-metre mark. ‘’I was really happy with my race. It took me a couple of days to get use to the pool and the different protocol here. It’s a great experience.’’

In the girls 50-m freestyle, Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., and Darcel were fourth and sixth while Jersey Bishop of Markham, Ont., was eighth in the girls 15 year-old 400-m freestyle.

Canada has fielded a 10-member youth team for the week-long event.

Full results at: http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2015AGE/

Team Canada list at: http://www.swimming.ca/2015AustralianAgeChampionships

Live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/user/swimmingaustralialtd 

Source : Swimming Canada