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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Best Of The Rest At The Best Fest

Courtesy of WOWSA, Mallorca, Spain.

Canadians Michael McGillivray and Kenna Smallegange were a long way from home, but they are preparing for a major competition - the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Eilat, Israel in September. The teenagers did well and each won the 7 km race at the multi-event Best Fest Open Water Swimming Festival in Mallorca, Spain.

McGillivray also won the 1.5 km and 4.5 km race. Sanderson also won the 1.5 km.

15-year-old McGillivray said, "The waters were really rough today so I was happy with myself to come out with the victory. I was able to stay with the pack and produce a consistent race."

Their teammates also did well in the 10 km race. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc and Kate Sanderson both finished second. "I was able to settle into my stroke," said Sanderson in her first 10 km race. "It was pretty intense out there, but I didn’t let that bother me."

Under the guidance of Mark Perry, the Canadian team completed an intense 10-day open water training camp and then competed in the Best Fest. Sanderson was pleased, "[The camp] was a great learning experience. With the classroom sessions and the training in the pool along with the ocean races we really got an insight into all the facets of open water. It certainly was crucial in terms of our preparation for the Junior Worlds."

Coach Perry reported about the team's results that included a junior 1.5 km victory by Emma O’Croinin and a gold-medal swim by Raben Dommann, "We had a clear strategy coming over here to add more skills for our swimmers. They learned to articulate their experiences in the races which is really going to help the coaching staff. We also collected a lot of data which will help us start the process of building their individual race strategies."

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5 km Colonia Classic - Top 10 Male Results
1. Alexander Studzinski 56:09
2. Raben Dommann 56:16
3. Jamie Scholes 56:45
4. Michael McGillivray 56:47
5. William Ryley 56:52
6. Jack Buswell 57:02
7. Marshall Illingworth 57:04
8. Max Jelfs 57:04
9. Jamie McCaffray 57:06
10. Alexander Axon 57:38

5 km Colonia Classic - Top 10 Female Results
1. Franzi Heinrich 57:40
2. Maisie MacCartney 57:42
3, Kate Sanderson 57:57
4. Emilia Sansome 57:59
5. Emma O'Croinin 59:55
6. Kenna Smallegange 59:58
7. Shannon Dalligan 1:00:11
8. Luisa Roderweis 1:00:23
9. Amelia Rodd 1:01:38
10. Eleanor Bainbridge 1:03:33

Round The Island 4.5 km Challenge - Top 10 Results
1. Michael McGillivray 1:03.47
2. Hector Pardoe 1:03.47
3. Raben Dommann 1:04.35
4. Ian Friesen 1:08.23
5. Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc 1:08.32
6. Alexander Axon 1:08.44
7. Kate Sanderson 1:08.54
8. Kenna Smallegange 1:09.55
9. Andrea Romero 1:10.31
10. Helena Berg 1:10.44

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