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Genevieve Sasseville of the Chatham Y Pool Sharks won two medals – one silver and one bronze – at the Canadian swimming championships on the weekend in Winnipeg.
Sasseville won silver in the women’s 100-metre butterfly in 1:00.41 on Saturday. She led until the final few metres when Hannah Genich passed her to win in 59.90 seconds.
On Sunday, the 16-year-old from Chatham won bronze in the 200 butterfly in 2:15.31. She was also seventh in the ‘B’ final and 15th overall in the 100 freestyle in 58.28 seconds.
On Friday, she was fourth in the 50th butterfly and seventh in the 200 freestyle.
Quinn Matteis was fast in the water this week, winning three medals at the Canadian Junior Swimming Championships in Calgary, Alberta.
The 14-year-old swimmer, who represents the Chatham Y Pool Sharks, won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle race. He touched in a time of 4:07.94.
He added a pair of silvers in the 800m freestyle (8:31.81) and 1500m freestyle (16:30.87) races.
Matteis swam for Team Ontario earlier this summer, and won a Provincial Open Water gold.
Calgary, AB- Three of Chatham’s top swimmers are competing this week in Calgary at the Canadian Junior Swimming Championships (Junior Nationals). The championship meet runs from July 24-29. In order to qualify for Junior Nationals you have to swim the fast prequalifying time standards in each event you want to swim; swimmers spend their most of their season trying to hit a national time standard. David Tran (16), Madeleine Tran (14), and Quinn Matteis (14) will make up the Sharks contingent at the championship meet.
Junior Nationals is a high stakes and fast meet that brings together Canada’s fastest 17/u swimmers and often features swimmers from other countries. Just getting into an A or B final is the goal of most swimmers, and can be an incredibly hard goal to achieve. The swimmers also compete for the coveted chickens- stuffed chickens are only given out to the podium finishers at Canadian national swimming championship meets. An often-underestimated factor is that racing in the altitude in Calgary does put an additional challenge on swimmers from other non-altitude teams.
Madeleine and David Tran are veterans to this meet, while for Quinn Matteis this is his first appearance at Junior Nationals. Genevieve Sasseville also qualified but was unable to attend due to training.
Updates will be provided throughout the meet. A live stream can be found at https://www.swimming.ca/en/events-results/events/2019-canadian-junior-championships/