Northwestern Ontario swimmers represented at 2022 Canadian Swimming Trials

Thunder Bay – SPORTS – During the week of April 5-11 – Three of Northwestern Ontario’s top swimmers competed at the 2022 Bell Canada Swim Trials. These trials were for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and World Swimming Championships.

Isabel Harri of Thunder Bay and Emilia and Gabe Mastromatteo of Kenora traveled to Victoria to represent Northwestern Ontario.

Reaching the podium in Victoria, Tokyo Olympian Gade Mastromatteo won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and a bronze in the 50m. Mastrometteo will now focus on completing his second year at the University of Toronto and competing in the Mare Nostrum swim meet in Monaco later this spring.

“This week in Victoria has been filled with success and challenges,” said Kenora Swimming Sharks head coach Janet Hyslop. “For Isabel Harri and Emilia Mastromatteo, the racing experience at this level was an opportunity to see where they are in their progression. Nerves were on edge and we really focused on race strategy,” Hyslop added.

Emilia Mastrometteo competing for the first time in the country’s top swimming meet savored the experience. “After years of persevering through many struggles including shoulder surgery and Covid, it was a euphoric feeling of accomplishment attending the Canadian Commonwealth and World Trials. This competition was a huge life experience. “Learning. Racing at the senior national level is like no other. You’re surrounded by swimmers who are top athletes in the world. I’m happy with my performance.”

Harri added, “After the last 2 years of interrupted and difficult training, I was so proud to have qualified to swim against Canada’s top swimmers at the trials. My nerves got the better of me for my first race, but after that I felt more confident. It was a great experience and I have goals that I have set myself and that I am determined to achieve.

Harri and Mastrometteo will now focus on the rest of the swimming season, including Northwestern Ontario’s biggest swimming competition, the 2022 Thunderbolts 50th Anniversary Grand Prix Swimming Championships, in late May. in Thunder Bay. This swim meet will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ThunderBolts Swim Club.

In the fall, Mastromatteo will go to MaGill University to swim and Harri will go to Eastern Michigan on a swimming scholarship.

” My heart congratulations to our incredible Thunderbolt swimmer Isabel Harri who, along with her childhood friends Emilia and Gabe Mastromatteo, represented Northwestern Ontario swimming at the largest and most prestigious meet in Canada! We are so proud of you all! added ThunderBolt interim head coach Andy Ritchie.

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