Ancaster swimmer Michael Carnegie set a new provincial record for his age group in the long course 100-metre butterfly event at a race on Saturday in Toronto.
Carnegie posted a time of 1:04.60, breaking the previous record set in 2009 at 1:05.41.
Carnegie set the new record while competing at the Toronto Downtown Swim Club All Out Swim 2014, and took first place in the 45-49 age category in all five of his long-course events.
Carnegie also recently competed at the 2014 Ontario Masters Provincial Championship in Windsor. He finished first in the 100-metre butterfly and 200-metre backstroke, second place in the 50-metre butterfly, 100-metre individual medley and 200-metre individual medley and fourth place in the 100-metre freestyle. The fast times reflect Carnegie’s renewed focus on training and preparation over the past year.
“The times I posted were faster than any times I had posted in the last three years, including 58.19 seconds in the 100-metre freestyle,” said Carnegie.
“Although that was a fourth-place finish, in all other age groups at the meet, both older and younger, that time would have put me in the top three in Ontario.”
Carnegie’s dedication to the sport has continued to inspire other swimmers in the area and at the Ancaster Masters Swim Club.
“Mike has done an amazing job this year,” says Alex Parent, coach at Ancaster Masters Swim Club. “He is always working towards something new in the pool and outside on land. Mike worked on sharpening his races this season. He chose to do it and he put this work in at the pool, and I’m really happy for him.”
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