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Aug 22 19

Hannah takes 200 to become double world junior backstroke champ

by ZwemZa

Jade Hannah (Swimming Canada)

Jade Hannah won her second gold medal of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest Thursday and she didn’t hesitate to share credit for the victory.

“I had a rough start to the beginning of the season after coming off an injury, but I worked with our mental performance consultant, the coaches and support staff so I thank them all 1,000 times for all of their help,” the 17-year-old Halifax native said moments after winning the women’s 200-m backstroke title.

“I could not have done this without them,” she added.

Hannah, who trains out of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Victoria, also captured the 100-m back title on Tuesday.

She won the 200-m final with a lifetime best time of 2:09.28, her second personal best of the day. She was 0.99 seconds ahead of runner-up Lena Grabowski of Austria.

National Development Coach Ken McKinnon praised Hannah’s efforts, noting she established a fast, but composed pace early in the race then maintained her stroke for the final half to secure the victory.

Despite being a returning world junior medallist and two-time 2018 Commonwealth Games finalist, Hannah admitted she had doubts at the start of the season.

“Because I was able to come back like this, I have a new appreciation for swimming now. I don’t take anything for granted,” she said.

The foursome of Josh Liendo, Cole Pratt, Brooklyn Douthwright and Hanna Henderson collected a fourth-place showing in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay with a time of 3:30.23. They were 1.11 seconds behind the bronze-medal winning team from Italy.

“The team was super positive coming into the race and it was very exciting to be part of the relays,” said Henderson, who recorded her best-ever split of 54.42.

The Mississauga, Ont., native said she was calmer for the relay final than she was during earlier races.

“At the start,” she said, “I was shaking because this is such a big competition.”

James LeBuke earned an 11th place showing in his 50-m freestyle semifinal with a personal best time of 22.88 seconds.

“It was a good race – better than my morning swim, but I still think there’s a lot left for me in that swim,” said LeBuke, a native of Revelstoke, B.C.

Avery Wiseman was 11th in the 100-m breaststroke semifinals and Sebastian Somerset was 16th the 50 back.

McKinnon said some of Thursday’s results did not go as well as the team expected, but added it is important to remember the World Juniors is a development meet.

“We have swimmers learning very quickly how tight these events are and how they have to stay composed in the heat of the moment,” McKinnon explained.

The meet continues through Sunday in the Hungarian capital.

Full results: http://www.omegatiming.com/2019/7th-fina-world-junior-swimming-championships-live-results

Swimming Canada

Aug 22 19

Impressive Kayla van der Merwe has eyes on a world and European double

by ZwemZa

Kayla van der Merwe (Swim England)

Kayla van der Merwe continued her impressive form as she secured another chance of winning a FINA World Junior Swimming Championships medal.

Only 24 hours after claiming a silver in the 50m Breaststroke, the 16-year-old Winchester City Penguins swimmer was fastest qualifier for the 100m Breaststroke final in Budapest.

After qualifying for the semi-finals quickest in a time of 1:07.50, van der Merwe then topped the semi-final rankings after clocking 1:07.17.

That was 0.01 seconds quicker than Russia’s Evgeniia Chikunova (1:07.18) and sets up the prospect for a thrilling final on Friday 23 August.

It also gives van der Merwe the opportunity to claim a golden double after she topped the podium in the European Junior Championships 100m Breaststroke in Kazan, Russia, in July.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Rigg failed to reach the semi-finals after finishing 22nd overall in the heats.

The City of Birmingham swimmer touched home in 1:11.05 to take eighth place in her race.

Swim England

Aug 22 19

Canny continues to impress in Budapest

by ZwemZa

Aimee Canny (Facebook)

The third day of the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest saw Aimee Canny take on the 100m freestyle final and conclude the race in 5th position, clocking 54.93, while in the 50m backstroke semi-finals, Pieter Coetze was 9th with a time of 25.68

Complete Results

Gawie Nortje swam the 50m freestyle semi-finals and finished 12th in 23.00, while Ethan Spieker finished the heats in 41st place in 23.88.

Nortje also participated in the 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay alongside Rebecca Meder, Dune Coetzee and Matthew Bosch, touching the wall in 3:36.38 to end in 13th place.

In the 50m butterfly, Michaela de Villiers and Trinity Hearne finished 30th and 36th in 28.35 and 29.01, while Lara van Niekerk and Hanim Abrahams came in 20th and 32nd in the 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:10.95 and 1:12.53, respectively.

Hannah Pearse finished 17th during the heats of the 200m backstroke in 2:17.24 ahead of Megan Tully, who was 27th in 2:20.50, while Ruan Breytenbach and Ethan du Preez were 12th and 26th in the 800m freestyle in 8:11.06 and 8:25.59, respectively.

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Aug 22 19

TeamSA add 13 more medals to their tally in Casablanca

by ZwemZa

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Samantha Randle of South Africa in the heats of the women’s 4x100m medley relay during day 17 of the FINA World Championships at Duna Arena on July 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

The South African swimming team continued to dominate the pool, adding thirteen medals (five gold, four silver and four bronze) to their tally on the second day of the aquatics programme at the 12th African Games in Casablanca, Morocco tonight.

With a fast and golden time of 1:09.75, Kaylene Corbett scooped the 100m breaststroke title ahead of teammate Christin Mundell, who grabbed the silver in 1:10.67. The bronze medal in the event went to Egypt’s Sarah Soliman in 1:13.36.

Mundell was not done for the evening as she also won the silver medal in the 200m freestyle in 2:04.75 ahead of Algeria’s Majda Chebaraka in 2:05.51 and behind Egypt’s Hania Moro in 2:04.31.

Alaric Basson and Michael Houlie bagged the gold and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:00.96 and 1:01.55, respectively, while the silver was claimed by Egypt’s Youssef Elkamash in 1:01.51.

In the 400m individual medley, Samantha Randle walked away with the top spot in a golden 4:55.31, followed by Algeria’s Hamida Rania Nefsi in 4:58.55 and Mzansi’s Jessica Whelan in 5:01.35, while Ayrton Sweeney claimed the men’s medley silver medal in 4:26.88.

Ryan Coetzee got a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly in 24.04 behind Egypt’s Abdelrahman Elaraby in 23.81 and Ali Khalafalla in 23.88, while Erin Gallagher and Emma Chelius had to settle for the silver and bronze in their respective 50m butterfly race.

Gallagher posted 26.24 to Chelius’ 27.40, with the gold going to Egypt’s Farida Osman in 25.94.

Gallagher, Chelius, as well as Mundell and Whelan concluded the evening finals with a gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay in 9:06.29, while Chelius and Gallagher made it two races in a row with another gold medal in the 4 x 100m mixed medley relay, alongside Houlie and Neil Fair in 3:50.76.

Swimming Medal Table – 12th African Games (Following Day 02):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 11 7 6 24
Egypt 7 9 7 23
Algeria 3 4 3 10
Seychelles 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 0 2 1 3
Morocco 0 0 2 2
Zambia 0 0 1 1
Zimbabwe 0 0 1 1
Angola 0 0 1 1

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Aug 22 19

Team SA: How they fared on Thursday

by ZwemZa

Team SA were in action across two codes at the African Games in Rabat and Casablanca on Thursday – swimming and table tennis. They had started the day with 14 medals but claimed another 13 in the pool in Casablanca to climb to 27.

In another rich night for TeamSA in the pool, 13 medals were won by: Kaylene Corbett, Alaric Basson, Samantha Randle, Christin Mundell (2), Erin Gallagher, Ayrton Sweeney, Emma Chelius, Ryan Coetzee, Jessica Whelan, Michael Houlie, the mixed 4×100 medley relay, the women’s 4x200m freestyle.

This is how they fared:

SWIMMING
Women’s 200m freestyle, heats: Jessica Whelan (2:07.07) won her heat and qualified for the final second fastest. Christin Mundell finished (2:08.26) finished third in her heat and qualified fifth fastest for the final.
Men’s 200m freestyle, heats: Martin Binedell won his heat in 1:53.05 and Brent Szurdoki finished third in the same race in 1:54.15. Both qualified for the evening finals in third and seventh places overall, respectively.
Women’s 100m breaststroke, heats: Christin Mundell won her heat by over four seconds in 1:11.23, while Kaylene Corbett won hers in 1:12.11 to set up a potential 1-2 in the evening finals.
Men’s 100m breaststroke, heats: Alaric Basson was fastest in qualifying with 1:01.56 while Michael Houlie clocked 1:02.74 for fourth fastest heading into the finals.
Women’s 50m butterfly, heats: Erin Gallagher won her heat in 27.26 with Emma Chelius second in 27.84. They qualified for the finals third and fifth fastest, respectively.
Men’s 50m butterfly, heats: Doug Erasmus finished second in his heat in 24.26 and Ryan Coetzee finished second in his heat in 24.54 to qualify fourth and fifth fastest heading into the finals.
Mixed 4x100m medley relay: Team SA won their heat in 4:03.86 to qualify fastest for the evening final.

Finals
Women’s 200m freestyle: Jessica Whelan led for the first 100m but it was left to Christin Mundell to throw out the biggest challenge. She finished second in 2:04.74, with Whelan fourth in 2:06.24.
Men’s 200m freestyle: Martin Binedell finished fourth in 1:51.93 and Brent Szurdoki fifth in 1:52.83.
Women’s 100m breaststroke: Swimming in lane five, Kaylene Corbett led from start to finish to win in 1:09.75, followed by teammate Christin Mundell in 1:10.67.
Men’s 100m breaststroke: Alaric Basson won his first major title when he claimed gold in 1:00.96 swimming in lane four, while 50m gold medallist Michael Houlie took the bronze in 1:01.55.
Women’s 50m butterfly: Despite swimming a new SA record, Erin Gallagher had to settle for the silver medal in 26.24 with Emma Chelius taking bronze in 27.40.
Men’s 50m butterfly: Ryan Coetzee finished third in 24.05, touching just ahead of teammate Doug Erasmus, who was fourth in 24.05.
Women’s 400m IM: Samantha Randle led virtually from start to finish to win the gold medal in 4:55.31, winning by three full seconds with Jessica Whelan third in 5:01.35.
Mixed 4x100m medley relay: Team SA (Bindell, Houlie, Gallagher, Chelius) cruised to the gold medal in 3:50.76Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay: (Mundell, Whelan, Gallagher, Antonpoulos) in 8:30.57 claim GOLD!

What a way to finish the evening #AfricanGames #TeamSA

TeamSA

Aug 22 19

Summer Training Goals: 5 Aerobic exercises to add to your daily fitness regimen

by ZwemZa

(USA Swimming)

Summer is the best time to work on additional training goals to help boost your overall athletic performance both in and outside of the pool. With the extra time available in your normally hectic schedule, it is important to focus on aspects that will advance your fitness and nutrition regimen.

Each week, we will highlight different areas you can add to your regular swim practice routine that you will benefit from not only physically, but in other areas as well.

  1. Cycling Cycling is an excellent way to strengthen your leg muscles while keeping the heart rate up. Whether you ride a stationary bike or enjoy bicycling around your neighborhood, it is a wonderful exercise to add to your fitness routine this summer. Cycling burns between 400 and 1000 calories per hour, depending on the intensity and rider weight. In addition, cycling builds muscle around the hamstrings, quads, glutes and calves. This means that stronger legs will transition into a stronger kick in the water. Cycling is also low impact, which means that it doesn’t put strain on the knees, feet and low back when compared to other aerobic exercises.
  2. Jump RopeJumping rope can raise your heart rate two to three times faster than other exercises, and still offers the same benefits as running with less impact on the joints. Research has proven that jumping rope can help you burn about 1,300 calories per hour. This activity strengthens your calves, hamstrings, quads, glutes, triceps, biceps and shoulders, giving you a full body exercise that is great for both toning and cardio. Jumping rope is also a fun exercise, especially when you learn different jumps, hops, and tricks such as double unders, cross-overs and skips.
  3. Walking  Walking just 30 minutes daily can increase your cardio fitness, reduce excess body fat, increase endurance, boost muscle power and strengthen bones. It is low impact and can be performed at any pace. Walking can become a great warm up or cool down to your morning swim practice as well as encourage an optimistic mindset for the remainder of the day. Walking strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and stomach muscles. Swimmers can walk independently or coordinate team group walks in between practices to make the exercise more of a pleasurable experience.
  4. HikingHiking is a wonderful way to build muscle in your legs and core as well as enhance your flexibility and coordination. Because hiking is often centered around nature and beautiful scenery, it has been proven to also lower stress levels, improve a person’s mood, and enhance mental well-being. Moreover, hiking improves cardiovascular health, decreases the risk of respiratory problems, increases your sense of balance, and helps to control your weight.

    Supplementing hiking in between your swim training can significantly influence your mental attitude and focus during swim practice in a positive way. Stronger legs from the activity will benefit your strokes, speed and endurance.

  5. Kickboxing
    Cardio kickboxing is an aerobic workout that builds both upper and lower body strength, increases the heart rate, and helps burn fat and calories. Kickboxing can burn up to 450 calories per hour due to the constant kicks, jumps, punches, weaves and bobs during the exercise. Core power is also improved as you balance to perform the routines. Tae-Bo is a form of kickboxing that combines the activity with other martial arts, and is a popular style for beginners and advanced athletes alike.

    Both Tae-Bo and other types of kickboxing exercises can be performed at home by following along with online or DVD videos or you can also enroll in classes at a local gym or fitness center. As a bonus, kickboxing reduces stress, and teaches valuable self-defense skills that develop when learning the activity.

Whether you choose one or all of these aerobic exercises to add to your fitness routine, your physical and mental progress will be evident in the water during your team swim practices over the next several weeks.

Aug 22 19

Swimmers hit jackpot on golden night in Casablanca

by ZwemZa

Erin Gallagher (TeamSA19)

Tiffany Keep started the gold rush on the dirt in the morning but Team SA’s swimmers sprinkled pure stardust into the water as they enjoyed a memorable evening in the pool at the African Games on Wednesday, writes Gary Lemke.

Keep gave the team their first gold of the Games at the women’s mountain biking cross-country, after judo secured two silvers at the weekend. However, the evening brought a flood of medals as the swimmers won six golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

That gave the code 11 medals on the day – and the good news is that there are still three more days in which to add to that tally.

Head coach Graham Hill, who was at his first African Games in Johannesburg in 1999, couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he watched the hard work pay dividends in Casablanca. ‘You have to enjoy nights like these,’ he said. ‘It’s impossible to pick out a single performance when it comes to excellence, but we had three swimmers break African records and then to see both the men and women win the 4x100m freestyle relays was inspiring. What a way to end off an incredible night,’ he said.

South Africa climbed all the way up to third on the medals table by the end of the day’s programme, with seven golds, five silvers and two bronze medals, and only Egypt and Algeria ahead of them. The golds in the pool came from Erin Gallagher, Kaylene Corbett, Michael Houlie, Martin Binedell and the two relay teams, while Samantha Randle scooped two silvers of her own and Christin Mundle also claimed a silver, and Emma Chelius and Carla Antonopoulos took bronzes.

We have become accustomed to our swimmers hitting the high notes on the big stage, bigger it has to be admitted than what the African Games has to offer. However, one has to recognize the depth of South African swimming. There is no Chad le Clos at these Games, no Tatjana Schoenmaker and, obviously, no Cameron van der Burgh.

Yet, the next generation is gathering momentum and the first gold medal of the night was delivered by the 20-year-old Erin Gallagher, who broke the Games record in the women’s 100m freestyle, leading from start to finish to touch first in 55.13sec, with Emma Chelius taking the bronze.

However, Gallagher is no ‘newbie’; she’s someone who has been on the blocks for quite a while now. ‘It’s weird to be considered a senior in this squad,’ she said. ‘I feel like a mom, I suppose I have been around a long time. I was in the national team at 15, but got injured for two years. It feels like a long career, but I’ve got more than enough time to still set my mind to it and achieve what I want to achieve.

‘Tonight I went out too quick and felt it the second 50 [metres]. That’s why the time wasn’t so great, but the best part of it was sharing the podium with Emma,’ she added.

Facilities inside the arena are more than adequate and there was nothing wrong with the acoustics either as the South African anthem rang out loud and proud six times during the course of the evening.

Binedell, who won the 200m backstroke, found the roof to be a bit of a distraction, but hastily added that ‘It’s the same for all of us’. In the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games last year he had the luxury of staring at the mostly blue sky but at the indoor swimming arena in Casablanca the roof has a circular set of spotlights and countries’ flags. ‘It can be a bit disorientating. We backstrokers work off lane ropes, so it’s kind of misleading … want to follow the curves of the roof. In the last 25 metres of the third 50 I hit the lane and had to put in a big turn after that, had to stick to my process,’ the 24-year-old said after winning in 1:59.03.

It was the second time in the day that he had broken the Games record, but Binedell knows that he can go quicker – after all, this was less than his personal best. ‘The morning plan was a 2:02 because I wasn’t feeling too great, but I went 2:01 and blew out the cobwebs and then tonight I pulled out a 1:59, so I have to be happy.’

There were smiles all round as Team SA made a huge statement, and one of those beaming was Houlie, who won the 50m breaststroke gold in 27.41. The University of Tennessee freshman – he left South Africa at the beginning of this year after matriculating at Bishops in Cape Town – said he was loving life at the moment. ‘I’m having so much fun and my swimming has gone to the next level. It took me time to get used to yards swimming in the USA, but I love the environment and it’s on another level when it comes to being competitive.

‘I just want to improve … the goal for me is the Tokyo Olympics next year. I have to work hard. But, I’m happy and positive when it comes to on pool deck. I’m having fun and loving it,’ the 19-year-old said.

With 14 medals now in the bank – and swimming having the lion’s share of them on 11 – the pressure has been taken off the other codes, but history has shown that when South Africa’s swimmers bring their A game it rubs off positively on to the rest of the team. Thursday could be another big day.

Aug 22 19

U.S. Wins 10 Medals on Day 2 of World Junior Championships, sets 2 World Junior Records

by ZwemZa

Lillie Nordmann (USA Swimming)

The United States won 10 medals – four gold, two silver and four bronze – Wednesday at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest.

Carson Foster won gold and set a World Junior Championships record in the men’s 200m IM, turning in a time of 1:58.46. He bested the rest of the field by about a second. Finaly Knox of Canada won silver in 1:59.44, while Apostolos Papastamos of Greece took bronze in 1:59.62.

Complete Results

After two days of competition, Foster has won two gold medals. He also took gold in the men’s 400m free relay on day 1.

“USA has had a great meet, so being able to contribute like that and keep the momentum going is awesome,” Foster said. “I trained for this all season, and I kind of pride myself on being able to do a lot of events. It feels good that training is paying off. The goal coming into this meet was to win as many medals as possible for Team USA, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The 200m IM was the second of two events Foster swam Wednesday. Earlier in the night, he took fifth in the 200m free in 1:47.47. Teammate Luca Urlando won gold in that event in 1:46.97, edging Robin Hanson of Sweden by six-hundredths of a second. Murilo Sartori of Brazil was third in 1:47.39.

Urlando has also won two golds this week, swimming with Foster on the 400m free relay.

“I was really happy with it,” Urlando said. “I’m pretty tired right now. Good thing I have a day off tomorrow.”

Another American swimmer winning her second gold medal of the meet was Lillie Nordmann in the women’s 200m butterfly. Nordmann finished in 2:08.24, followed by Blanka Berecz of Hungary and teammate Charlotte Hook in 2:09.00.

Nordmann also won gold in the 800m free relay Tuesday night.

“It’s really awesome just knowing I had the Team USA up in the stands supporting me,” Nordmann said. “Charlotte did a really great job and I had a lot of fun racing her. That last 50,] I just pushed off and was like ‘I’m going to get my hand on the wall first for Team USA.’”

The United States finished the night by setting a World Junior Record in the mixed 400m Medley relay, with Will Grant, Tori Huske, Josh Matheny and Gretchen Walsh winning gold in 3:44.84. The Americans left the rest of the field racing for second, touching more than three seconds ahead of second-place Russia (3:48.06). Canada was third in 3:48.20.

“I didn’t even know we were even close to it and the fact that we got it is so exciting,” Walsh said. “It was just a really awesome race and we were just so hyped before.”

Other medalists for the U.S. Wednesday included Wyatt Davis with a bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke (54.46); Kaitlyn Dobbler with a bronze in the women’s 50m breaststroke (30.92); Matheny with a silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke (1:00.17); Kevin Houseman with a bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke (1:00.55); and Claire Curzan with a silver in the women’s 100m backstroke (1:00.00).

After two days of competition, the United States has won 13 medals overall – six gold, three silver and four bronze.

Jim Rusnak | Director of Editorial Properties

Aug 22 19

Australian ace Pallister powers home for Gold

by ZwemZa

Lani Pallister (Swimming Australia)

Cotton Tree’s freestyle super fish Lani Pallister has claimed Australia’s first gold medal of the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, after powering home in 8:22.49 in the Women’s 800m Freestyle.

Controlling the field right from the start, Pallister showed courage over the first 400m and set the pace for the rest of the field. When she finally hit the wall to take the junior title, not only did she shave three seconds off her personal best, she also set a new championship record. Her coach and mum, Janelle Pallister – who is a Dolphin and Olympian – proudly watched on as her daughter clocked a time which now sees her also ranked as the fourth fastest Australia in the 800m free.

Personal best times appeared to be the flavour of the night, with Mollie O’Callaghan recording her second of the meet. After posting 1:00.29 in yesterday’s 100m backstroke semis, the St Peters Western Product produced 1:00.27 in final to see her place fourth – narrowly missing a podium finish. Canada’s Jade Hannah took the gold in 59.63.

Rookie Elizabeth Dekkers showed no signs of nerves on her international debut, claiming fifth in the Women’s 200m butterfly final in personal best time of 2:10.42. Her stellar time equals Australian Dolphins, Maddie Groves’ 15 years Australian Age Record.

Sydney-based swimmer Se-Bom Lee from Carlile showed grit in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley final, edging ever so close to breaking the two-minute barrier. Clocking a personal best time of 2:00.02 saw him place 5th overall.

Backing up from his silver-medal-winning performance in the 400m free on night one, Thomas Neill once again kept his cool – this time in a red-hot Men’s 200m Freestyle final. In a blanket finish which went down to the wire, Neill claimed sixth spot in a personal best time of 1:47.66.

The final event of the night – the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay – had the crowd on their feet as the Aussies touched for fourth in 3:50.69. Joshua Edwards-Smith led the team with the backstroke leg (55.33), Joshua Yong held strong in the breaststroke (1.01.70), Michaela Ryan took flight in the butterfly (59.37) and Meg Harris anchored the freestyle leg (54.29). The USA took top spot (3.44.84), Russia claimed silver (3.48.06) and Canada the bronze (3.48.20).

Other Aussie Results:

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Meg Harris (54.70) and Mollie O’Callaghan (55.32) will both feature in tomorrow night’s final after qualifying third and seventh fastest.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Kalani Ireland placed 19th overall in a time of 2:04.66.

Men’s 100m Butterfly – Alex Quach finished 18th overall in a personal best of 53.86, while Oliver Nash finished 22nd overall in 54.62.

Women’s 200m Butterfly – Michaela Ryan finished 11th overall in 2:14.03.

4×100 Mixed Medley Relay – Gabriella Peiniger was a heat team contributor, clocking a time of 1:00.62.

Women’s 800m Timed-Final – Jessica Madden finished 20th overall in 8:54.10.

Swimming Australia

 

Aug 22 19

Hannah’s gold paces three-medal day for Canada at World Juniors

by ZwemZa

Jade Hannah (Twitter)

As she stepped to the top of the podium Wednesday, 17-year-old Jade Hannah reflected on the relentless training, aching muscles and daily dedication that led her to this special moment.

The Halifax native, who trains out of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Victoria, won the gold medal in the women’s 100-m backstroke at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest.

“It felt really good because I realize how hard I had to work to get back to where I was,” Hannah said.

“Top step on the podium is so amazing because I know all of the hard work I put in to get there.”

Hannah, who won the 100 in a time of 59.63, was back in the water less than an hour later to help the 4x100m medley relay team capture a bronze medal.

“To stand up there again with the best team and the great support team that we have was also amazing,” Hannah said. “It was an incredible day.”

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alberta placed second in the men’s 200-m individual medley with a time of 1:59.44, It’s the second-fastest 200 IM ever by a Canadian, just .25 off Keith Beavers’ mark of 1:59.19 set at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. American Carson Foster won in a championship record 1:58.46.

“I was very pleased with the race and I felt like my difficult training period helped me a lot,” Knox said. “I just gave it everything I had and executed the things I have been trained for. I’m pleased with the result.”

National Development Coach Ken McKinnon, Canada’s team leader at the championships, was proud of all his swimmers, noting they had a winning approach to the championships.

“The Canadian swimmers showed remarkable calmness before the races and their execution in the races has been excellent,” McKinnon said, adding that their hard work in preparing for the event has already paid off and he’s looking for more success during the final four days.

Others on the 4×100-m medley relay team were: Gabe Mastromatteo, Josh Liendo and Hanna Henderson. Liendo’s butterfly leg of 52.33 was second only to Russian Andrei Minakov and shot Canada into second place after 300 metres. Henderson then held on for bronze, out-touched by Russia’s Ekaterina Nikonova by .14 seconds for silver. Team USA took gold in a world junior record 3:44.84.

Liendo had a “lot of fun,” but admitted he started slowly in his fly before coming back with a strong finish.

Brooklyn Douthwright, who swam freestyle in the morning heats, will also receive a medal for helping Canada advance to the final.

Mastromatteo, of Kenora, Ont., celebrated the relay team’s bronze medal after a lifetime best breaststroke split of 1:00.58, but was a little disappointed with his fourth-place showing in the individual 100-m breast. Despite shaving another .09 seconds off the national 15-17 age group record he lowered in his semifinal Tuesday, his time of 1:00.69 was .14 behind American Kevin Houseman for bronze. Vladislav Gerasimenko of Russia won in 59.97, following by Team USA’s Josh Matheny.

“It was a best showing, but I still feel like I could have been a little faster even though you can’t predict  how these things go,” Mastromatteo said. “Still, it was fun and it was great to get more experience at a meet like this.”

In other finals, Calgary’s Cole Pratt was sixth in 54.63 and Tyler Wall of Penticton, B.C., was eighth in the 100-m back in 55.41. Both were personal best times.

Liendo also qualified for Thursday’s 100-m butterfly final by advancing through semifinals in fifth spot with a time of 52.34. In the women’s 100m free semifinals, Hanna Henderson was 10th in 55.47 and Brooklyn Douthwright took 13th spot at 55.74 – both personal bests.

The championships continue through Sunday in the Hungarian capital.

Full results: http://www.omegatiming.com/2019/7th-fina-world-junior-swimming-championships-live-results

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