April, 13, 2015

SYDNEY, Australia – Penny Oleksiak of Toronto produced two victories for Canada’s Youth Team on Monday to open the 2015 Australian Age Championships swimming competition.

Oleksiak earned her wins in the 200-m individual medley and 100-m butterfly in the girls 14-year-old age group. Canadian swimmers collected six top-three finishes on the day.

‘’I was most happy with my 200-m IM win because it was a personal best time,’’ said Oleksiak, who clocked 2:19.53 in her 200IM win and 1:01.51 in the 100 fly. ‘’But overall I feel I did really well in both races.’’

Danica Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., and Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., were 1-2 in the girls 15-year-old 200-m backstroke while Philip Kay of Ajax added a victory in the boys 200-m backstroke for 15-year-olds. Colin Gilbert of Kamloops, B.C., was third in the boys 200-m butterfly for 16-year-olds.

‘’It’s pretty exciting to be here,’’ said Kay, who bettered his personal best by four seconds over the preliminaries and final clocking 2:06.56 for the win. ‘’I went out a lot faster than usual and I was able to hold on. My best event in the 400-m individual medley and I’m looking forward to that race.’’

Other Canadian finalists were Jersey Bishop of Markham, Ont., fourth in the girls 800-m freestyle for 15-year-olds and Stephen Calkins o Calgary fifth in the boys 100-m freestyle for 16-year-olds.

Canada has fielded a 10-member team for this week-long competition.

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

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

Source : Swimming Canada