Sioui Wins Four Gold Medals at Speedo West Nationals

REGINA, Canada, February 17. ADAM Sioui of Calgary was firing on all cylinders Friday night at the Speedo West Nationals short course swimming competition. The 24-year-old 6'6'' national team veteran won a remarkable four gold medals- the 50-meter butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and helped the University of Calgary to victory in the 4X100 freestyle relay.

In the 50 fly – his specialty stroke- Sioui was first in 24.26 with Alexander Johnson of Winnipeg second in 25.17 and Chad Murray of Calgary third in 25.58.

In the 50 freestyle, Sioui prevailed again in 23.02 with Kelly Aspinall of Qualicum Beach, B.C., second in 23.56 and Stefan Mikuska of Chilliwack, B.C., third in 23.63.

In the 100 backstroke, Sioui took a third gold in 55.54 with Desmond Strelzow of Vancouver second in 57.12 and Derek Doerksen of Calgary third in 58.06.

In the 4X100 freestyle relay, Sioui combined forces with Murray, Curtis Lutsch and David Woodman for the win.

Sioui was a member of Canada's 2006 Pacific Team and was the 2002 NCAA champion in the 200 butterfly. Sioui, grew up and learned to swim in Trenton, Ont. He comes from an athletic family and his father used to play football for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.

Three members of Canada's world championship team were winners as well on Friday. Breaststroke specialist Mike Brown of Calgary took the 200-meter individual medley, Ryan Cochrane of Victoria was first in the 400 freestyle, for his second gold in two days, and Erica Morningstar of Calgary won the women's 50 freestyle.

Savannah King of Vancouver also posted her second win of the competition placing first in the women's 400 freestyle. On Thursday she won the 1,500 freestyle.

Other winners in women's competition were Sadie Mattson of Fort St. John, B.C., in the 50 butterfly, Melanie Dodds of Langley, B.C., in the 200 IM and Dagny Knutson of the U.S., in the 100 backstroke ahead of Rachelle Salli of Langley.

Meanwhile 14-year-old Michael Qing of Regina broke the world record for the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization in the men's 200 IM. His 2:45.85 clocking breaks the previous record of 2:54.85 held by William Brunsdon of Australia.

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