TYR Pro Swim Series #1
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Jan 9-12, 2019
Congratulations to CW's 15-year-old Ian Friesen who was one of 8 Swim Ontario Tour Team athletes who put in a tremendous performance at the TYR Pro Swim Series #1 in Knoxville, Tennessee from January 9-12, 2019. This 4-day LCM high-level competition included top senior and junior athletes from the US and the world including Canadian National Team members, Penny Oleksiak, Kierra Smith, Kayla Sanchez and Tristan Cote, among others.
Ian kicked off the competition with the 200m Freestyle. Seeded 28th, Ian raced hard to an 18th place finish in the preliminaries. Due to several swimmers ceding their spot in the finals to concentrate on other event finals, Ian moved up to take Lane 7 in the B-Finals. Ian put in a fine performance coming in 5th in the heat and 13th overall in this event. His time of 1:54.66 is a personal best and topped his own Boys 15-17 LCM 200m Freestyle Club Warriors team record.
Ian was ranked 18th coming into the 400m Freestyle prelims but managed to push ahead to a 7th place finish, securing his spot in the A-Finals. He swam a great race against some tough competition in the finals. Clocking in at 4:03.04, our 15-year-old freestyle warrior placed 7th overall behind fellow Canadians, 23-yr-old Tristan Cote, 26-year-old Jeremy Bagshaw and 20-year-old Josh Zakala who finished 2nd, 3rd and 6th, respectively. Taking home the Gold was 2016 Olympian Anton Ipsen (24) from Denmark.
Ian closed off the competition with the 1500m Freestyle with a time of 16.48.10. This was a slow event for all men (and women). All male competitors added to their entry times by 8 to 63s.
Watch the USA Swimming YouTube videos below to see Ian’s 200 & 400m finals.
Men's 200m Freestyle B Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlhNf8GNBZk
Men's 400m Freestyle A Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5PbXuC-NFU
You can also see results/highlights of all Swim Ontario athletes here: http://swimontario.com/news_detail.php?id=3315
Way to go, Ian!