Swimming Canada hosted one of its flagship competitions, the Western Canadian Open, in Edmonton Alberta. 58 teams, over 500 swimmers, from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Albert, BC and the Yukon travelled to compete in this 4 day annual championship. Eligible swimmers had to have previously achieved a challenging national standard.
The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club, the tiny team from Tsawwassen and Delta, sent 6 athletes to do battle on the Prairies. And the results were outstanding! The Dolphins collected 11 medals from 24 finals, including 8 gold medals, to finish 11th overall – 5th from the BC teams!
Markus Thormeyer (17) duplicated his powerhouse performance from the 2014 Westerns, winning 5 gold medals in the 17&Over boys 50m and 200m Backstroke, 100m and 200m Freestyle, and 200m Individual Medley! Only 2 other swimmers equaled this feat at the meet. Thormeyer also claimed silver medals in the 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle to round out the meet. His times in the 100m Free and 200m Backstroke currently rank him 4th and 2nd overall in the country.
“Finding speed early in year without compromising our training is what we had to do,” said Coach Ben Keast. “There were new challenges at this Western Open – changes in the meet format, difficult standards, an older field of competition, an unfamiliar venue – but our swimmers took these in stride, learning and adapting as they went. The racing was exciting but the lessons learned here will be invaluable take-aways for the rest of our season.”