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Liendo, Knox, and Pratt rewrite record book at Ontario Junior International

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TORONTO – Joshua Liendo, Finlay Knox, and Cole Pratt left their marks on the record book, each taking down two individual national age group records at the Ontario Junior International at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Liendo broke his own 100-metre butterfly 15-17 national record in 52.45 seconds. He had set the mark in November at the NYAC Cup. The 16-year-old went on to crack Hassaan Abdel-Khalik’s 2009 50-m freestyle record in 21.67.

Liendo added a national age group relay record in the 4×100-m freestyle. Liendo and NYAC teammates Sam Griffth, Reilly Baker and Justin Baker broke the 15-17 boys national record in 3:21.05. The previous mark was set by Oakville Aquatic Club in 2013.

Liendo ended the meet with five gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

Knox, of Okotoks Mavericks Swimming, broke 2000 and 2004 Olympian Morgan Knabe’s 18-year-old record in the 100-m breaststroke. Knox finished in 59.92, one one-hundredth of a second under Knabe’s mark from 1999.

Knox, 17, also broke the 200-m individual medley record in 1:55.94, crushing the previous mark of 1:58.26 set by Evan White in 2013.

Cascade Swim Club’s Cole Pratt took down records that were held by two Olympians. His 4:10.66 in the 400-m individual medley bested Tobias Oriwol’s 4:12.62 from 2001. In the 200-m backstroke, Pratt beat Javier Acevedo’s record from 2015 in 1:54.27.

Etobicoke Swim Club’s 4×100-m medley relay of Summer McIntosh, Jade Lo, Katrina Bellio and Elan Daley broke the 13-14 girls national age group record in 4:15.97. The previous record was set by Ajax Swimming in 2014.

The Ontario Junior International ran from December 14 to 16 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Complete results are available here.