MONTREAL – Markus Thormeyer won the men’s 100-m freestyle in fine style at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Championships Friday, as the 17-year-old from Winskill Dolphins Swim Club of Tsawwassen, BC, took the title in come-from-behind fashion with a time of 50.21 seconds, beating Pan Am Games teammate Stefan Milosevic, racing for UBC Dolphin Association.
The 6’6” Thormeyer, 17, was tied for fifth after the first 50-m and surged ahead for a surprise victory at the Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre, where the 2015 senior national championships are rolling until Sunday. He was the only swimmer with a sub-26 second final 50-m.
While Thormeyer was disappointed with his start to the race, he was happy with the results.
“I was happy I won,” he said. “It will give me confidence going into the [2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships] in Singapore.”
Another Pan Am Games swimmer, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, 20, with Greater Ottawa Kingfish, took the lead after 100-m and never looked back, clocking in at an impressive 4:42.61 to take the women’s 400-m medley. Her time was four-and-a-half seconds faster than second place finisher Mami Oldershaw, 20, of Oakville Aquatic Club.
“For where I’m at, this was a solid swim,” Seltenreich-Hodgson said. “I’m happy with that race with how my training has been going.”
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