Tierney Visits the Podium Twice at the 2019 RBC Canadian Junior Championships

 Saskatchewan Provincial Record Falls at the 2019 RBC Canadian Junior Championships


The Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club returned home on Monday, July 29, 2019 after a successful showing at the 2019 RBC Canadian Junior Championships.  Goldfins’ Blake Tierney’s baggage was a little heavier coming home as he brought home two Bronze medals from the Junior National Championships.

Tierney’s Bronze medals were earned in the Male 16 – 18 100M Backstroke event and in the 200M Individual Medley event where he posted a Long Course Best time of 2:07.51 improving his time by 2.19 seconds.  Tierney’s improved time in the 200M IM, resulted in him breaking the Long Course Male 15 – 17 – 200M IM Provincial Record that had stood since 1992, as well as improving his own Goldfins’ Long Course Club Record.

“I was happy I was able to medal at this meet,” said Tierney.  “This meet I was able to improve the IM’s 50M Breaststroke split.  I have been gradually improving my technique; improving the stroke by keeping it smooth while maintaining a controlled stroke tempo.”

Tierney stated that the use of video analysis has improved his ability to evaluate his performance.  “My Backstroke and Freestyle turns continue to improve, as I have worked on creating additional power through my foot placement on the wall.”

Tierney added 74 points to the Goldfins point total.  Tierney finished just off the podium, in the 200M Backstroke coming in 4th place and he placed 8th in the 400M Freestyle.  Tierney competed in the Championships Time Trial event where he competed in the 200M Freestyle – 1:56.17.  Tierney posted this best time, obtaining a qualifying time standard for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Trials which will be held in Toronto, ON, March 2020. 

The Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club 5 swimmers: Jayden Bilous, Maclaren Burwell, Brayden Hemeon, Ethan Hemeon, and Blake Tierney competed at the Championship meet, July 24 – July 28, 2019, Calgary, AB.  Goldfins swimmers posted 5 personal best long course times over the course of the week.

Goldfins’ Brayden Hemeon scored 31 combined points racing in the 100M and in the 200M Breaststroke finishing 7th and 8th respectively.

The Saskatoon Goldfins continue to prepare the remaining competitions: 2019 Canadian Swimming Championships – August 8 – 11, 2019 (Winnipeg, MB) and in the 2019 Western Canadian Games (as members of Team Saskatchewan) August 10 – 12, 2019 (Swift Current, SK.)

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