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Canadian Winter Nationals - Day 2

Mar 9, 2000

TORONTO - Rick Say (Island Swimming) swam the second fastest Canadian 400 freestyle with 3:51.63. He was ahead of the record pace for the first half, but fell off the pace. The old record is by Peter Szmidt, from 1980 and was a world record.

The splits:

Szmidt 56.88 1:55.57 2:53.10 3:50.49
Say 55.89 1:54.34 2:53.47 3:51.63

He was tired before the race even started, but gave it a good shot. It was a personal best by two seconds.

Yesterday Say bettered the 200 freestyle Canadian record.

Courtenay Chuy,14, (HYACK) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:31.14. Two years age she won her first nationals in this same pool also from lane five. Christin Petelski (Island Swimming) was second with 2:32.90, she was in the lead for the first three lengths. Lauren van Oosten (UCSC) in third with 2:35.00.

It was solid comeback for Chuy who has been struggling most of last year after a leg injury, and van Oosten swam with an injured right hand.

Two Japanese swimmers were winners tonight.

Suzu Chiba (JPN) training at the Waterloo National Centre won the 100 free in 55.89 with training partner Laura Nicholls (ROW) second in 56.05. Mariane Limpert (PDSA) third with 57.21.

Takashi Yamamoto (JPN) also based in Waterloo won the 100 butterfly with 53.18, just a bit off his personal best of 52.88. Michael Mintenko (PDSA) in second with 53.59 and Shamek Pietucha (UCSC) third with 53.84.

Chiba and Yamamoto followed their coach Bud McCallister when he came to Waterloo in January 1999.

Erin Gammel (KCS) won the 100 backstroke in 1:02.86, leading for the whole distance and holding off a late finishing spurt from Kelly Stefanyshyn (PDSA) with 1:03.21. Michelle Lischinsky (MANTA) in third with 1:03.57.

Mark Versfeld (PDSA) won the men's 200 backstroke in 2:02.85 leading for the distance with Greg Hamm (PDSA) in second with 2:03.72 and Curtis Myden (UCSC) third with 2:04.50.

Tobias Oriwol,14, ESWIM, missed the podium, but bettered his own NAG record for 13-14 year-olds with 2:05.63 in the prelims, a four second improvement from last summer. He was sixth in the final with 2:06.08.

Danielle Bell (IS) and Lindsay Beavers (STARS) battled stroke for stroke in the women's 800 freestyle. Bell, 16, touched first in 8:43.60 with Beavers second with 8:43.95. Tammee Ebert, 16, (PDSA) third with 8:52.36.

Last March in Victoria, the order of finish was reversed.

Winners in the sprint 50s:
Yannick Lupien (UL) won the men's 50 free in 23.38. Shona Kitson (OSC) won the women's 50 fly 27.93

Pacific Dolphins wpm the men's 4x200 free relay in 7:31.53 and University of Calgary with 7:38.76 caught Island Swimming who were thirs in 7:38.78.