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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Thomas Boyd loves his Age Group Nationals
by Randy Pascal

Hard to blame local swimmer Thomas Boyd for having a soft spot regarding Age Group Nationals. After mounting the podium no less than eight times at the 2015 championships last summer, the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club representative repeated the feat six more times last week in Calgary.

Competing in the “Age 14” bracket out west, Boyd returned home with gold in both the 100m freestyle as well as the 100m backstroke, with his time in the former particularly impressing SLSC head coach Dean Henze.

The young swimmer would add another four silver medals to the mix, rounding things off in the 50m and 200m backstroke, and the 50m and 200m freestyle.

In total, Boyd would compete in twelve different events, reaching the final eight no less than eight times. Following are his pre-final seedings, and race times and finishes for all eight finals:

100m freestyle - seeded first; gold in final (53.55 seconds)

100m backstroke - seeded third; gold in final (1:01.06)

200m backstroke - seeded third; silver in final (2:13.80)

50m backstroke - seeded second; silver in final (28.91)

50m freestyle - seeded second; silver in final (24.86)

200m freestyle - seeded second; silver in final (2:00.42)

200m individual medley - seeded second; fourth in final (2:17.73)

50m breaststroke - seeded fifth; sixth in final (32.10)

As for coach Henze, no use coming back home quite yet, as he now has joined up with Sudbury swimmer Nina Kucheran, competing at her first set of Senior Nationals in Edmonton.

Kucheran qualified for the "B" final in the 200m breaststroke on Thursday, missing a berth in the "A" event by just 6/100th of a second. After swimming a preliminary time of 2:39.16, Kucheran followed up with a 2:37.97 later in the evening, holding down second place in the "B" final, 12th overall.

In between, she also swam the 800m freestyle, posting a time of 9:20.08, good for 26th place overall. On Friday, she again narrowly missed out on qualifying for an "A" final, seeded 11th overall in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 33.76.

She will compete in the "B" final Friday evening, as the event runs through the weekend.

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