VICTORIA, Canada, February 16. LAST night, Calgary's Erica Morningstar went off at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships with a national record in the women's 200 IM over the short course.
Morningstar finished the race with a time of 2:09.05 to surpass the 15-year-old mark of 2:10.90 set by Nancy Sweetnam in 1993.
"I just missed that record at a previous meet so I was hoping to go in the 2:10 range tonight," Morningstar told Swimming Canada. "What made the difference tonight was my breaststroke. I've been working on it a little more. Even though I'm better known for my freestyle racing, I've always swam the IM races and I'm not surprised to do this well."
Morningstar also doubled her winning with a sprint free victory in the 50 when she clocked a 25.17.
"It's great to get off to a great start like this in 2008," Morningstar told Swimming Canada. "Everything I'm working on right now is towards the Olympic trials, with my main focus on the sprint freestyle events."
For the men, Matt Rose also doubled up with victories in the 50 free (22.65) and 100 back).
Individually, Savannah King won the 400 free (4:12.61), while Kendra Chernoff (50 fly – 27.88) and Melanie Nocher (100 back – 1:00.93) rounded out the event winners for the women.
Other individual titlists for the men included Chad Murray (200 IM – 2:01.52), Adam Sioui (50 fly – 24.15) and Ryan Cochrane (400 free – 3:45.53).
Special thanks to Swimming Canada for contributing to this report.