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Markus Thormeyer is one of Canada’s top young swimmers with an eye on the 2016 Summer Olympics.
A 17-year-old who will be competing at this summer’s Pan American Games is a huge accomplishment in itself. Yet, swimming standout Markus Thormeyer remains focused on an even greater conquest.
“Rio de Janeiro (and the 2016 Summer Olympics) is the goal for me,” confessed the Grade 12 South Delta secondary student.
“Making the Pan Ams was a stepping stone I needed to do. Now that I have made the team, it gives me more confidence going into next year’s Olympic team trials.
” Thormeyer still needed to swim the best race of his life to secure his spot in Toronto this summer.
At the recent National Trials, the Winskill Dolphin Swim Club member set a new Canadian age group record with a clocking of 55.37 seconds to earn silver in the 100 metre backstroke final.
He eventually secured one of 36 Pan Am Games spots on the line by placing second in the 200m back two days later. The competition took place at the new Pan Am Games Aquatics Centre where Thormeyer will be in Canadian colours less than three months from now.
“After the 100, I really couldn’t celebrate because I had more races to do and they weren’t naming the Canadian team until the last day of the meet,” he explained. “My 200 result definitely helped me. I thought I had a good shot after that but you still never know.
“Last year at trials I was fourth (in the 100). I set my sights this year on working towards the podium and making the senior team. I just really worked hard for it.
” Thormeyer has his eye on the current Olympic standard for the 100 back. His new personal best is 1.5 seconds off – a gap he is confident can be closed over the next 12 months. He has broken down his swim in Toronto and can see where time can be made up.
“There were a lot of things good with that race but also a lot of things that could have been a lot better too,” he said.
“There are small things I need to work on like breakouts, my starts and my turns. Tightening those things are my biggest faults right now.
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Outside of the swimming pool, Markus attends weekly strength and conditioning session with OvalHP Coach Cody Low in our dedicated High Performance Training Centre. OvalHP will be cheering on Markus in the upcoming Toronto Pan Am Games in July 2015.
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