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Winskill Dolphins win six medals at Junior Nationals in Montreal

With a contingent of four swimmers, Tsawwassen club places 11th among the 96 teams attending the championships
Dolphin swimmers at nationals
Winskill Dolphins swimmers (left to right) Naomi Mynott, Kelly Qi, Zach McLeod and Jeremy Slinn combined to win six medals and place 11th among 96 teams at the Canadian Junior National Championships in Montreal.

The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club wrapped up their 2021/22 competitive season with a successful week at the Canadian Junior National Championships in Montreal.

Head coach Judy Baker was joined by four of her athletes – Kelly Qi, Naomi Mynott, Zach McLeod and Jeremy Slinn. Among the 96 junior teams competing, the Dolphins placed 11th overall, an outstanding showing for the small Tsawwassen club.

Qi placed ranked seventh nationally in her age group thanks to a silver medal in the individual medley (IM) and a bronze in the 1500 freestyle.

McLeod was also seventh among his peers after winning silver in the 800 and 1500 free events. He was also fifth in the 200 fly and sixth in the 400 IM. He then capped off the competition by heading outdoors to win gold in the 1.5 km open water swim.

One of the youngest swimmers at the meet, Mynott did an outstanding job, capturing bronze in the 1500 free and a fourth-place finish in the 800 free.

Slinn added a sixth place finish in the 200 backstroke and an eighth-place finish in the 400 IM.

Qi is now with Team BC at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont., while McLeod heads to Africa next month for the World Junior Open Water Championships.