World Junior Open Water Championships
September 8-10, 2018
Club Warriors is very proud of Ian Friesen who was in Israel last week competing at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships. Ian was one of 12 young, talented swimmers selected to represent Canada.
In preparation for the World Juniors, Ian travelled to Spain in May 2018 to participate in his first ever open water competition, the BestFest. He performed extremely well, finishing in the top 10 out of several hundred participants in a couple of his races, including the 1.5K where he came out of the water in 3rd place but got edged out during the beach sprint to the finish by his fellow Canadian teammate.
At the World Junior Open Water Championships, Ian competed in the Boys 14-15 5K, a 3-lap race, and finished 17th! It was a very physical, tight, competitive race and Ian did well. He moved from 25th on lap 1 to 23rd on lap 2 to 17th at the finish. Russia finished first and second in 58 minutes, 53 seconds and 58:55. Ian was 59 minutes 37 seconds. Ian's teammate, Frederick Alexander Axon, also had a very good 5K race, finishing 5th in 59:04.
In a Swimming Canada article, Ian was quoted:
"It was O.K.," Friesen said. "I didn’t have a great beginning but had a better finish. I could have done a lot better with a stronger start. Still our preparation leading in really helped me keep up my endurance so that I was able to finish with a lot of speed."
Canada had 3 top-10 individual finishes and finished 5th in the 14-16 5K relay, delivering the best results at this event ever.
Way to go Team Canada and Ian!