July 5, 2019
05 July 2019 (Edmonton, Alberta) - Day 1 of the 2019 Alberta Summer Championships started with a bang as Peyton Morey crushed another Canadian record in the Para S10 category for the women’s 1500m freestyle. Morey dropped a full minute off of her entry time of 21:31.19 to swim 20.30.12 to lop off thirty seconds from the Canadian Record! This has been a record breaking season for Peyton after having broken her first ever Canadian para record last summer, in 2018 in the 200m butterfly, she has been on a tear braking the 100IM earlier this season short course and then the 400IM long course at the recent Island Medley Challenge, with this standard in the mile being her second Canadian para mark of the year and third lifetime. Peyton is getting ready for her very first ever Canadian Swimming Championships that she will be racing in later this summer in Winnipeg in August.
More solid results came in the 1500m freestyle where Kiera Kennedy made her first Canadian Junior Championship qualifying time, taking the gold medal at the same time, in the girls 11-12 age-category in 19:08.12. Kiera made the 13&U Junior cut by two full seconds in a six second drop from her lifetime best.
Dawson Sheehan, our own international man of mystery, dropped four minutes off of his lifetime best in the mile to go 17:53.39 and take silver in the boys 15&U age category. Sheehan did the swim out of lane zero, essentially all on his own in the race, winning the heat by a country mile all the while covered in road rash from a triathlon training accident the weekend before! Dawson then added more glitter to his treasure chest helping the Cascade boys swim to gold in the 4x200 Free Relay. Sheehan led out in 2:04.01 which was a first-ever Western Canadian Championships qualifying time for him, in any event. Mr. Sheehan then took a ride to the airport and a flight out to Kelowna for the Canadian National Triathlon Championships (Dawson is a member of the Alberta team for the Western Canada Summer Games and his sister Payton is an alternate). He’ll be back though - after his race at nationals he’ll head home to the Alberta Championships in time for the 800m freestyle on Sunday morning!
Speaking of hardware, the other member’s of that boys 14-15 year-old gold medal winning relay were Hayden Woodrow, 2:01.54; Addison Butler, 2:00.87; and Adam Connell, 2:03.73. Final event winning time for our Cascade boys was a 8:10.15.
Our 13-14 girls picked up their first piece of hardware in a club-record breaking time of 9:01.14! The old mark has stood since the 2015 Canadian Junior Championships that were held in Laval, Quebec with a time 9:01.96. That team had been made of McKinley Baines, Makayla Schuettler, Ava Free and Julianna Natale. Here in Edmonton the quartet was comprised of Devon Angus, 2:12.18; Jada Brown, 2:14.70; Corah Wilson, 2:18.06; and Sophie Idle, 2:16.20. The four girls broke the club record and picked up the bronze medal just narrowly being out touched by UCSC for the silver while both were behind Keyano who took gold.
Our last medal of the night came from the boys 16&O relay team who managed the silver in a time of 7:46.90. This team was led out by Youssef Maksoud in 1:58.68. Kian Pratt followed up in 1:59.85. Sebastian Somerset was the third swimmer in and swam a 1:57.70 before the team was anchored by Cole Pratt in 1:53.37. Solid splits by all our four boys as we get the meet going.
Racing continues through until Sunday evening and the conclusion of the 2019 Alberta Summer Championships.
Current overall team rankings after Day 1:
1. EKSC 251
2. UCSC 181
3. CASC 171
4. OSC 85
5. RDCSC 37
6. GPP 22
7. KSC 15
Full Results can be found here through the Cascade Swim Club’s website: LIVE RESULTS.
*This article has been edited to note an additional Canadian Para Record broken earlier this season by Peyton Morey.