Sharks Make Waves at Nationals

Some of Chatham’s top swimmers are just back in from the Canadian Junior Swimming Championships (Junior Nationals) in Winnipeg last week. For Kendra Polewski and Genevieve Sasseville, this fell on the heels of competing at Canada’s top swim meet at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton July 18-21st.  

Junior Nationals brings together the fastest young swimmers from across Canada, and even featured swimmers competing from other counties this year. This year getting into an A or B final in the 8-lane pool was quite an accomplishment; the Sharks were able to compete in an impressive collective 12 finals during the week.

This marked the last swim meet for Polewski before she heads off to Findlay College on a swimming scholarship this fall. For Madeleine Tran this was the first time attending Junior Nationals and making a final in the 100 back was an important accomplishment for this swimmer. David Tran rounded out his season posting excellent times in both the 50 and 100 free and just missing the podium in the 50 free A final. For Sasseville, this year she was at the bottom of the 15-17-year-old age group. Being one of the youngest competitors in the senior field she did very well to make in into four finals and win a bronze in the 200 fly; she was just off the podium in the 100 fly. All four swimmers are taking a much-needed break during August and will cheer for team mate Madison Broad as she competes for Team Canada in Fiji later this summer.

Top 16 Results

(A & B finals):

100 fly 200 fly 50 free 100 free 200 free 200 IM 100 back 200 back
Women 15-17
Kendra Polewski

Age 17

14     13 7      
Genevieve Sasseville

Age 15

4 3 6 14        
Women 13-14
Madeleine Tran

Age 13

Men 14-15
David Tran

Age 15

    6 4     15 16
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