MONTREAL/SASKATOON, Canada, February 14. THE also fun cross-country short course meter competition in Canada, the Speedo Eastern and Western Championships, kicked off tonight with some distance battles.
Speedo Eastern Championships
Karyn Jewell earned the top time in the women's 1500 free with a time of 16:28.42, while Esraa Abdel-Khalik put up a 16:45.09 to take second place in the distance event. Caitlin Hodge rounded out the top three with a time of 16:51.60.
It proved to be a banner day for the Adbel-Khalik family at Easterns as Aly Abdel-Khalik won the men's 800 freestyle event in 7:57.14 after his younger sister finished second in the 1500 free. Philip Guertin touched second in 8:02.14, while Tristan Cote picked up third in 8:04.88.
In relay action, Lindsay Charles, Sydney Kovar, Paige Robillard and Susana Escobar topped the women's 800 free relay in 8:13.95, while Adbel-Khalik, Ali Arafa, Gabriel Sacco and Cote turned in a 7:25.87 to clip Kevin Bustamante, Guertin, Mirando Jarry and Alexandre Lavater's 7:25.97 for the men's 800 freestyle relay conquest.
In preliminary competition, Olivia Paskulin set a meet record in the girls 15-and-under 50 breast with a 32.34. That time beat the 2010 effort of Erin Stamp, when she clocked a 32.55. Meanwhile, Mitchell Ferraro surged to a 26.02 in the boys 16-and-under backstroke, downing the previous meet mark of 26.24 set by Kyle Haas in 2012. Haas then clocked a 25.16 in the men's 50 back preliminary to clip the meet standard of 25.17 set by Graham Hawes.
Speedo Western Championships
Breanne Siwicki won the women's 1500 free on in the western region with a 16:28.87, just missing Jewell's winning time out east. Jane MacDougall touched second in 16:55.10, while Camille Barr finished third in 16:57.96.
Kier Maitland hit the wall in 7:46.68 to smash the field in the men's 800 free, and post the top time in the cross-country competition. Wyatt Yarish finished a distant second in 8:04.41, while Jonathan Brown placed third in 8:05.17.
Chantal Asselin, Karyl Clarete, MacDougall and Siwicki prevailed in the women's 800 free relay with a time of 8:08.93, while Anthony Lyons, Sean Penhale, Adam Maybury and Joel Greenshields turned in a 7:22.97 to win the men's 800 free relay. Both times eclipsed those posted at Easterns earlier in the day.