December 14, 2019
13 December 2019 (Truh’ronna, Ontario) - Ontario’s Junior International swim meet has attracted a number of top-calibre junior aged swimmers (18&U as of the first day of the meet) over the years with all sorts of great up-and-comers busting out of the meet on their way to later senior international success. This year’s event is no different boasting no fewer than four swimmers who swam for Canada at last summer’s Gwangju World Championships: Kayla Sanchez, Joshua Liendo, Gabe Mastromatteo & our very own Cole Pratt. Kayla Sanchez, undoubtably the highest profile star of the meet is the World’s Junior Record Holder in the 50m freestyle and breaker of the Canadian Senior Mark in that same event earlier this fall. Sanchez, a two-time World Championship medalist, is here in the midst of her prep for the ISL Super Final happening next weekend in Las Vegas. Expect big things from the meet’s stars and from the sharp end of Cascade sword - competing here with 6 swimmers - 3 boys and 3 girls.
After swimming three events in the morning: 200 Free (1:46.95), 400 IM (4:17.31) and 100 Fly (53.87) Cole Pratt whittled his racing down to just the IM where he is the meet’s reigning champion in an event he won last year setting the meet mark and the Canadian NAG (National Age Group) record in a time of 4:10.66 which was the 7th fastest time ever by a Canadian all-ages. Cole’s swim this morning, sandwiched between his free and fly was a pretty relaxed affair swimming smooth and strong on all legs not really overtaxing himself on any part of the swim. At night Pratt dropped both the free and fly in favour of just focusing on the 4IM. In the finals Cole was out in 55.68 on the fly he was already ahead of where he was in the morning by a full second on the butterfly. Pratt then, put up another solid split on the backstroke leg in 1:02.57 to be at the 200m mark in 1:58.25. Cole managed a good drop from his morning split on the breast of 1:14.23 to get to 1:12.09 before coming home in 58.88 on the freestyle - a new Canadian NAG mark of 4:09.22 for the 5th fastest all-time in Canada and the fastest by any Canadian so far this season.
Also, in the 4IM finals tonight we had Matt Cyr. Matt put up a lifetime best in the prelims of 4:25.05 to qualify 6th into the final. Things were pretty bunched up with 3rd, 4th and 5th all within 8/10ths of each in the morning between 4:24.2 and 4:25.0. Matt’s superior conditioning was shining through though as he dropped more time off his best after getting into a head-to-head podium battle for the silver medal. Cyr and Stanford Li all came to the last turn together with Matty getting the touch and silver at the finish in 4:20.06 to 4:20.83. This was Matt’s second 4IM of the day with a morning earlier in the day that not only included the 4IM prelims but the 800 Free timed final event. The days events led to Matt being awarded the #IronHeart award for guts and determination on the day while honourable mention went to Kian Pratt who also had the 400IM and 800 Free double in the prelims which saw him swim a PB by more than a minute and half.
In the 100m breaststroke preliminary event Isabelle Roth swam a best time by more than a full-second and a half to go 1:11.10 and qualify in 8th place overall. Roth’s previous PB was a 1:11.93 from two year’s ago at the JP Fiset meet in Edmonton. She was out in 34.25 on that swim - here she was out in 33.61. The swimmer spread from 5th to 10th was just 5/10ths of a second in this one - incredibly close! In prelims she was 33.61 and 37.49 on her splitting and at night she was right on it again in 33.43 and 36.70 getting down to 1:10.13 and moving up 8th to 7th. Ellie Maradyn swam in the “B” final with a 1:12.52 in prelims for 17th and then 1:11.67 for 12th at night.
In the girls 50m backstroke Ella Varga tied for 18th in the morning with a solid 29.35 swim and then dropped a whack-load at night to 28.89 to win the “B”.
Other results & big drops from the morning’s event:
400 IM Kian Pratt 4:38.30*
100 Fly Ella Varga 1:04.70
800 Free Matt Cyr 8:14.52*
Kian Pratt 8:21.06 (Old PB 9:54.59)*
*400IM/800FR double in one session for Cyr & Pratt - who does that to someone?