August 1, 2017
Young Squad Performs at First Nationals
Senior Performance members Sara Andersen and Jordan Storm, along with Junior Performance members Sawyer Bosley and William Risk, competed at their first national championship from July 26th to 30th at the Toronto Pan Am Centre in Scarborough.
This was the first year for the newly formatted and renamed Canadian Junior Championships and over 150 clubs and 700 swimmers were in attendance at this meet. Luckily for our swimmers, they had already competed at this imposing venue for the Swim Ontario Summer Provincials. This meant our swimmers were comfortable with their surroundings and came ready to race on the national stage.
William Risk posted a best time in the 1500m freestyle, clocking in at 17:33.87, a total of five seconds dropped from his race at Summer Provincials. This was William’s ninth 1500m this season, which matched his short-course personal best from Regionals in February; quite an accomplishment. At the 800m mark of his race, William nearly split a best time as well and executed an even split of 8:45 to 8:47 over his entire race. Congratulations William!
Jordan Storm qualified in three events for this competition. In the 200m backstroke, Jordan posted a result less than a second off her personal best, moving her from 32nd to 26th spot in the 15-17 girls age category; among the 2002 births Jordan was 4th nationally. The 400m individual medley was a tough race for Jo as she was battling some chest congestion, but she dug deep and finished 32nd, moving up four spots from her entry position. In Jordan’s final race of the weekend, the 100m backstroke, she posted her second lifetime best time, only 4 hundredths off her best result. This swim placed her in 26th spot in the 15-17 age category (eight spots up from her original seed) and fifth among the 2002 births nationally. Congratulations Jordan!
Sawyer Bosley qualified for the only final of the weekend, sneaking into the consolation final of the 200m freestyle in 20th spot. Sawyer returned at night, racing hard and dropping time from her morning swim to post her third lifetime swim in 2:12.53. This moved Sawyer up into 17th spot nationally among the 13-14 girls age category and put ROC Swimming on the scoreboard. Congratulations Sawyer!
Sara Andersen joined the crew on the last day of competition to compete in the 200m breaststroke and finished 10th among the female 2002 births. Although the swim was tough, Sara showed great strength of character, finished strong into the wall and represented ROCS with true spirit. Congratulations Sara!
When asked, Coach Nico was very pleased with the results of the weekend stating that “the swimmers held their own against the best youth swimmers this country has to offer, they raced hard and represented ROCS with pride. I am confident that we will see great results from these and other ROCS swimmers at nationals for years to come.”