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Canadian National Championships - Day 2

Aug 13, 1999

We have the results from day 2 of the Canadian National Championships in Montreal. All meet results can be found in our meet results area.

MONTREAL--Mike Mintenko of Moose Jaw, Sask., Greg Hamm of Vancouver and Chris Renaud of Calgary all added their names to Canada's Pan Pacific Championships team Thursday at the Summer Nationals swimming competition.

The meet is without the 32-member Canadian A team which earned 32 medals at the Pan Am Games last week. They are already in Australia training for the Pan Pacifics, the pre-Olympic test event, August 22-29 in Sydney. About 25 more spots are still available at the summer nationals but swimmers must meet a pre-determined time standard to make the team. In addition four juniors will also be selected to the squad.

Mintenko, 23, won the men's 100-metre butterfly clocking 54.01 seconds in the final. He actually beat the Pan Pacs time standard in the preliminaries with a 53.96 swim. Mintenko recently graduated in sport and fitness management at the University of Nevada Las Vegas completing a four-year program. He moved to Vancouver last November to join the successful Pacific Dolphins Club which features many national team stars.

"It was a super tough decision to continue my swimming career after graduation," said Mintenko, a double medallist on the World Cup circuit last winter. "I had lived down there for four years and my whole life was there. But it was good for me to move back onto the national scene. I've already improved my time in the 100 fly by 8/10ths of second since I moved to Vancouver and I feel it's my best shot to make the Olympic team."

In the men's 200 backstroke, Hamm, third at the Commonwealth Games last year, won the race in 2:00.67 edging Renaud, an 11-time national champion, who followed in 2:00.86. Both went under the standard to earn the trip to Sydney.

Renaud wasn't happy with his performance but the four-year national team member is on the comeback trail after losing 15 pounds earlier this year due to an illness.

"I didn't see any improvement tonight," said Renaud, 22. "I have to get my head in gear and work on some of the little things. I wanted to come out with something that surprised me. My goal is to challenge for an Olympic medal next year."

Other winners in men's competition Thursday were Simon Macdonald of Nepean, Ont., in the 50 freestyle; Brent Sallee of Vancouver in the 400 freestyle and the Pacific Dolphins which included Mintenko and Hamm in the 4X200 freestyle relay.

In women's events winners included Sara Alroubaie of Winnipeg in the 50 butterfly; Shannon Shakespeare of Winnipeg in the 100 freestyle and Courtenay Chuy of New Westminster, B.C., in the 200 breaststroke.
Report Courtesy Swimming Canada