Western Canadian Championships - Day 2 Report

12 April 2019 (Edmonton, AB) - Day 2 of the Western Canadian Championships saw the battle of Alberta heat up once again as the team championship banner came to a boiling point in the pool. Before last night the point separation was only 5 points - would the spread be any different after Day 2?

Our first event was the 100m freestyle which many people mistakingly call swimming’s, “Blue Ribbon” event, that in reality is the 400 individual medley!

Peyton Morey was the class of the field once again having won the 100m backstroke last night and ending up the top seed here after a solid 1:10.15 prelims swim. At night in the finals Morey dropped a bit more time getting to a lifetime best with a 1:09.70 gold-medal winning swim.

In the boys 100m freestyle race Cole Pratt qualified just over his PB in 52.30 after a solid outing in the morning in 25.80 and 26.50. Switching gears and putting it into “sport” mode Pratt Cole jumped out in 24.89 and brought it home in 26.18 for a 51.07 win in his lifetime best. In the 17&O event Seb Somerset put up his best in the prelims in 52.45 and then right on it again in 52.49 for his bronze medal swim.

The 50m backstroke event, along with all the non-Olympic stroke 50’s here this weekend, is swum as an “Open” event, no age categories. That meant that our swimmers all got to go against the very fastest regardless of age. For the girls Alex Butler threw down a lifetime best in 29.58 to be the top seed from the morning. Ella Varga, always the big race riser, qualified back in 4th with a 30.46; swimming just behind her teammates, another one who always rises to the occasion at night, Payton Kelly who dropped nearly a half-second off of her best with a 30.23 prelims time. Kelly, our newest Canadian Trials qualifier - from the 100m backstroke last night has been on fire after that race and swimming with tonnes of confidence. Alex Butler was right on that prelims time again to take the gold in 29.61. Ella Varga was right behind in 29.80 for the silver medal.

The boys battle was another exciting one as the top-two swimmers in the 50m backstroke were Sebastian Somerset (26.54) and Cole Pratt (26.56). Somerset had a great swim in Toronto last week at the Canadian Trials to pick up the bronze medal while Pratt had some technical issues on the start and had to settle for 4th in 26.18. With only 2/100ths separating them in the morning here this one was sure to get heated. It was another quick dash down the pool for our Cascade crew. Pratt was 26.06 for the gold tonight and Somerset claimed the bronze in 26.23.

The 100m breaststroke was our next event up and we had Peyton Morey once again in the centre of the pool after her lifetime best time swim in the morning of 1:34.04 and then another drop down to 1:32.92 for the gold medal win. Morey has won each and every one of her races so far this weekend.

In your 50m butterfly event Cole Pratt took off 1.4 seconds from his personal best time in the morning to qualify second in 25.29. At night he took off another 0.2 for 1.6 on the day to win 25.05.

The last race if the night was the 4x200m free relay. The boys team of Cole Pratt, 1:52.44; Jacob Windsor was 2:00.39; Sho Neilson swam 1:57.99; and the the big anchor came from Seb Somerset on the end of the relay in 1:54.23. Final time for the team 7:45.05 for the silver medal.

The Fish O’ The Day Award for day 2 went to young Sebastian Somerset who had one of his busiest nights of swimming that he has had in a long, long time. The 100m freestyle, the 50 backstroke, the 50 butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay. It was the combination of all those swims as well as his standout anchor leg in the 4x200m free relay at the end of the night as he made a desperate push to catch the team from Keyano (Seb’s 1:54 split was almost 2.5 seconds better than Keyano’s and brought them to within a couple of strokes of the win).

Other best time results from finals:

100 Free 

Ella Varga, 58.60 PB

Payton Kelly 59.01 PB

Ava Free - 59.30 PB

50 Back 

Payton Kelly, 29.96 PB

Gray Almasi, 31.29 PB

Matt Cyr - 27.69 PB


Hayden Woodrow, 4:55.92 PB


Team Points


1. CASC 729

2. EKSC 652

3. UCSC 493

4. PCS 402

5. SKSC 289


1. EKSC 813

2. CASC 697

3. UCSC 685

4. MANTA 306

5. RDCSC 278


1. EKSC 1465

2. CASC 1426

3. UCSC 1178

Racing continues through Sunday night and as the points score indicates here…the fight is on!


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