May 26, 2018
26 May 2018 (Repsol Sports Centre - Calgary, AB) - What a night Day 1 bought us at the CSI meet down at the Repsol/Talisman/Lindsay Park sports centre! We had a number of great swims carrying on all the good vibrations we had from the evening before at the CSI Mini Pro meet where all our little guys and girls put up a number of firsts.
The Mini Pro saw a number of swimmers swimming in either their very first meet or their very first long course meet. A couple of great battles between five year-old boys in the same heat highlighted the night for a lot of us - that and the fact that kids were lopping off time left, right and centre - including some kids taking more than 40 seconds off their 100m best times!
At the CSI proper which began on Friday we had some exciting wins from a cast of characters ranging far and wide contributing to more than a dozen meet records being broken as well as one provincial record.
Our first podium topper of the night was in the boys 15 years-old 100m backstroke where Cole Pratt broke his now provincial record - letting that old one stand for a barely a month as he took gold in 56.51 (27.8 / 28.6) in the midst of his preparations to go up against an international contingent of swimmers at next weekend’s Mel Zajac meet in Vancouver. Teammate Mathieu Cyr took silver in 1:01.25.
Up right after and in come from behind fashion the boys 16&O went 1-2 in their event with Sho Neilson taking good in 1:00.33 and teammate Adrian Gramatke going a lifetime best time of 1:01.14 for the silver medal.
50m freestyle was next for the girls (events are alternating boys & girls and different stroke and different distances and not just simply girls 50 free, boys 50 free - following international meet standards in formatting). In the girls 12&U category, dominant force in the pool - Devon Angus, was on fire taking her first win of the night in 29.21. The 50m freestyle “A” finals are serving as the qualifying event for the Marquee 50m freestyle being swum at the beginning of finals tonight and tomorrow.
The boys 400IM saw a great showing out of 15 year-old Kian Pratt as he put down a come from behind swim showing huge improvement on his fly, back and breast before crushing it on the freestyle in 1:03 to break the 15 year-old boy’s meet record in 4:51.87 - a best time by 8 seconds for Pratt.
Alexandra Butler was on her game in both the mooring preliminaries and the finals as she was a solid 2:25.2 in the prelims setting herself up nicely at night in the finals. At the 100m mark she and Anderson from Keyano were only separated by 9/100ths of a second when Butler dropped a hard third 50 of 35.72 gain a nearly 1.5 second advantage on her competitor. Butler was right on her lifetime best time in winning in 2:23.04.
Hayden Woodrow was rock-solid in the 200m freestyle for the boys putting down a 2:06.7 in the prelims only to turn around and go 2:06.60 at night and take the win in the 14 year-old category. Both swims were right on his best time..
In the 15 year-old category of the 200 free Kian Pratt put together a well structured even paced swim going 1:00.0 / 1:01.1 for his 2:01.24 win. Pratt sat second through the first 150m before adding a huge upswell of effort and kick to get back in 29.8 and take the gold.
In swimming we see races finishing in a tie every single day and every now and then we see swims finish in a tie on the podium as well - rarely, though, do we see ties that result in two swimmers being awarded gold medals each. In the 50m butterfly that was exactly what happened as Ella Varga and Isabella Duncan (UCSC) both crushed it in 29.50. Neither swimmer had ever been under 30 seconds and this was their big break as Varga charged out of lane 5 to get her and on the wall right as the same as Duncan - both swimmers sharing top-spot on the podium.
We had to wait a bit to get ourselves back up on top of the winner’s podium but the next chance came in the girls 100m breaststroke as Isabelle Roth led the field of 15&O swimmers. Roth was 1:17 in the prelims session and then out like lightning unbottled at the 50m mark in 35.87. Isabelle turned second at the 50 behind UCSC’s Kimberly Song but left no question about her conditioning on the back end of this one coming home in 38.95 (two seconds better than anyone else) for a 1:14.82 finish.
In the boys 100m butterfly Mathieu Cry came into the finals looking solid after a hard weekend of training - and competing in Triathlon in Lethbridge - were he was a dominant force winning his age category - so giving his distance training a bit of a rest he opted for some sprints at our meet. 100m butterfly - 1:01.54 and the gold.
In the girls 400m freestyle Devon Angus, who won the 50m freestyle event earlier in the night, took the silver medal and in doing so made her second Canadian Jr Championships time in 4:47.40. Angus was up against a pretty strong swimmer in the person of Christey Liang who last summer became the first 12 year-old in the province to ever go under 60 seconds in the 100m freestyle. Liang pushed along Angus helping her get down to the new lifetime best and Jr qualifying time given her another swim for Winnipeg this July.
The relays were a strong final event for the Cascade crew taking the win in the first heat in the boys 11-12 with Kadin Werner Enns leading in 1:00.07. Victor Jerkovic was second in 1:13.90. Max Angus followed in 1:13.58 and Kale Brown anchored in 1:23.22 - all put together it was 4:50.77 for the gold medal for our swimmers.
The girls 12&U brought us our next win with Hannah Auch, Devon Angus, Corah Wilson and Helana Moore all putting up solid swims to win the event in 4:31.32 - a dominant win by more than 3 seconds overall.
Racing continues Saturday and through Sunday evening.
Cascade Podium Swims
200IM Emily Cyr Bronze 2:32.79
50 Free Payton Kelly Bronze 28.11
200 Back Corah Wilson Bronze 2:42.28
200 Free Kadin Werner Enns Bronze 2:13.12
50 Fly Devon Angus Bronze 31.86
Sophie Idle Silver 31.43
50 Brst Dawson Sheehan Silver 35.34
Kaethen Hill Bronze 37.49
Hayden Woodrow Bronze 33.79
Cole Pratt Silver 32.22
100 Brst Rakiya Johnson Bronze 1:20.64
Liz Harper Bronze 1:17.71
100 Fly Addison Butler Bronze 1:07.37
Youssef Maksoud Bronze 59.09
4x100 FR 13-14 Boys Silver 4:02.97
Hayden Woodrow 59.64
Dawson Sheehan 1:01.41
Adam Connell 1:01.24
Addison Butler 1:00.70
15&O Boys Silver 3:36.35
Cole Pratt 53.30
Sho Neilson 54.31
Alex Katelnikoff 54.20
Youssef Maksoud 54.54
13-14 Girls Silver 4:10.83
Ella Varga 1:01.69
Payton Kelly 1:02.25
Shayla Zielke 1:03.27
Kaiya Robertson 1:03.62
15&O Girls Bronze 4:05.68
Alex Butler 1:01.56
Emma Sutton 1:01.65
Jasmine Kwan 1:00.51
Emily Cyr 1:01.96
Check out the links below for live action all weekend long where results and streaming are posted.
CSI Live Results
CSI Live Stream (Finals)