Meredith Levorson of the Vernon Kokanee competes in a freestyle event at Age Group Swim Nationals in Montreal.

Meredith Levorson of the Vernon Kokanee competes in a freestyle event at Age Group Swim Nationals in Montreal.

Kokanee reach Canadian finals

A pair of Vernon Kokanee made finals at Age Group National Swim Championships at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal.

A pair of Vernon Kokanee went up against Canada’s best at the Age Group National Swim Championships at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal.

Competing in the 14-year-old girls division, Meredith Levorson reached two finals in eight events. She placed ninth in the 200-metre freestyle with a personal best (PB) two minutes, 10.49 seconds, and was ninth in the 100 free in 1:00.63.

Levorson was 14th in the 400 free (PB 4:40.02), 15th in the 200 backstroke (2:31.03), 15th in the 50 free (28.60), 16th in the 400 IM (5:21.86), 22nd in the 100 back (PB 1:10.87) and 27th in the 50 back (33.95).

Zac Benn made finals in two of his U13 boys events, placing fifth in the 200 butterfly in 2:24.34, and fourth in the 50 fly in 28.48. Both results are 11-12 boys club records.

Benn’s other results include 13th place in the 100 fly (1:09.02), 19th in the 400 IM (5:26.83) and 22nd in the 200 back (2:37.01).

“To make finals for Meredith and Zac is very rewarding after working hard in the 2012-13 swimming season,” said Kokanee head coach Renate Terpstra.

“Each week the swimmers train 16.5 hours in the water, and two hours on land.”

Nationals drew 902 swimmers (ages 12 through 18) from 159 clubs. Swimmers had to qualify in at least three different events to compete.

Earlier, at Summer Nationals in Pointe-Claire, Que., the Kokanee’s Wouter Terpstra recorded a 2:07.73 in the 200 fly to place 40th.

Terpstra swam a 2:18.71 to rank 39th in the 200 IM, and clocked a 59.12 to take 41st in the 100 fly.

A total of 413 athletes from 98 clubs competed at Summer Nationals, which is Swimming Canada’s premier event.

Meanwhile, the Kokanee’s Sarah Mehain will compete at the IPC World Championships, Aug. 12-18, at Parc Jean Drapeau.

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