Six individual Youth championship records and a terrific Natioanl Age Group record were the highlights of this years Youth Championships, held in Regina, May 29 to June 1.
The top performers:
Robbie Taylor, 16, COBRA, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle, second in the 100 butterfly and leading off his club's third place 4x50 free relay in 23.94 equalling the meet record.
Brian Johns, 14, RACER, won the 400 freestyle, added three seconds in the 100 and 200 free and 200 I.M., adding a third in the 100 butterfly. It was in the 200 free where he twice bettered the National Age Group record for 13-14, first in his prelim swim and again in the final. The old record had been 1:58.25 since 1983. The new record is 1:55.97.
Chris Sawbridge, 17, Nanaimo Riptide, winning the 100 and 200 backstrokes in record swims. 58.47 in the 100 and lowering the 200 times in the prelims and again in the finals to 2:07.56.
Morgan Knabe, 16, EKSC, bettered the meet record in the prelims of the 100 breast to a world class time of 1:03.71. He later won the 200 in 2:21.28.
Charles Etienne Goyette, 16, Nataskouach Granby, won the 200 free, 100 fly and finished fourth in the 50 free and 100 free.
Tamee Ebert, 14, PDSA swept the distance free events from the 200 up to the 800, her four golds were the most by any competitor in Regina.
Kelly Stefanyshyn, 14, MANTA, swam to meet records in the backstrokes. Her 1:05.06 bettered Julie Howard old mark of 1:05.09 from 1991. In the 200 Kelly lowered the existing record in the prelims and again in the finals to 2:18.27.
Kristy MacLennan, 14, ETOB, won both individual medley distances and swam on both winning freestyle relays for her club team.
Youngest event winner, 12-year-old Courtenay Chun, HYACK, won the 200 breaststroke in 2:38.83, the second fastest-ever time for a Canadian aged 12.
The meet also serves as the National Championship for Swimmers with a Disablity. There is no age limit for these athletes. Winners ranged from 12 to 24 in the various categories of disability.
Boys 13-14 200 freestyle:
1:57.38 Brian Johns, Richmond Racers, Regina, May 30 prelims
1:55.97 Brian Johns, Richmond Racers, Regina, May 30 final
Betters existing record of 1:58.25 Bernhard Volz, NYAC, 1983.
Boys 15-17 100 breaststroke:
1:03.44 Morgan Knabe, EKSC, Los Angeles, July 6.
Betters old record of 1:03.61 Michael Mason,PEPSI,91