Etobicoke, Ontario – Double World Cup champion Mike Mintenko of Moose Jaw, Sask., broke the Canadian record in the men's 50-meter butterfly Saturday at the 2000 Speedo Spring National Championships.
Mintenko, 24, finished second in the race clocking 24.40 seconds to eclipse the previous national standard of 24.65 set by Stephen Clarke of Brampton, Ont., in 1996. Takashi Yamamoto of Japan, who trains in Waterloo, Ont., won the race in 24.38. Garret Pulle of Markham, Ont., was third in 24.85.
In the men's 100 backstroke, double world championship medalist Mark Versfeld of Vancouver completed a triple golden sweep of the backstroke events winning in 57.08 seconds. It's the first time he's won all three backstrokes at a nationals and he placed first in the meet's point standings. Chris Renaud of Calgary was second in 57.41 and Sean Sepulis of Waterloo was third at 57.57.
In the men's 100 freestyle, Yannick Lupien of Aylmer, Que., clocked an impressive 50.58 seconds for his second win this week. Craig Hutchison of Pointe-Claire, Que., was second in 51.13 and Rick Say of Victoria, the 200 and 400 freestyle winner, third in 51.69.
Other winners in men's competition were double Olympic medalist Curtis Myden of Calgary in the 200 individual medley, Andrew Hurd of Toronto in the 1,500 freestyle and John Stamhuis of Victoria in the 200 breaststroke.
Joanne Malar of Hamilton earned her second gold of the competition and 27th career Canadian title winning the 200 IM. Malar also placed first in the points standings. Other winners Sunday were Christin Petelski of Victoria in the 100 breaststroke, Jennifer Button of Waterloo in the 100 butterfly and Jennifer Fratesi of Waterloo in the 200 backstroke.