Haley Klenk and Sheighann Gaudette head to Toronto this weekend and Edmonton next week.

Klenk, Gaudette’s strong showings advance pair to 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials

It wasn’t a typical spring break for Mission swimmers Haley Klenk and Sheighann Gaudette.

There was no sleeping in, no travelling and not a single junk food night.

It’s been all about the training for the duo. During the break, they jumped out of bed by 4:30 a.m., hit the pool bright and early, and then returned to the pool in the evenings. Days were filled with four hours in the water, but it’s all to make an impact in Toronto this weekend.

The pair are heading to the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in the Ontario capital until Sunday, and then next week go to Edmonton for the Western Swimming Championships.

Klenk and Gaudette qualified for the Canadian Swimming Trials after impressive results at the recent Winter Provincial Championships, which occurred in Kamloops from March 7 to 10.

The swimmers, who train with Chilliwack-based Spartan Swim Club, helped that club finish sixth overall in the team standings in Kamloops.

Klenk took home a gold medal in the women 15 and over 100 metres backstroke, silvers in the 200m backstroke and 100m freestyle, and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

The gold-medal win saw Klenk finish with a time of 1:04.72, well over one second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Gaudette earned fourth place finishes in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke. The pair also scored silver as part of the 4X50m relay team.

The duo impressed at the RBC Canadian Junior Swimming Championships this summer, with Klenk winning silver in both the 200m and 100m backstroke. Klenk and Gaudette also finished sixth in the 4X100m medley relay.

The event featured over 700 of the best 13- to 17-year-old girls and 14- to 18-year-old boys in the country and is the highest national-level meet for junior age group swimmers in Canada.

Gaudette and Klenk also competed at the Canada Summer Games in 2017. They both previously swam for the Mission Marlins before moving on to the Spartans.

For complete results from the event, visit swimming.ca.

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