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Channel Cats swimmer breaks club records at national meet

Caleb Near competed against some of the best swimmers in Canada
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Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club member Caleb Near, 16, recently competed against the best swimmers in Canada at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials.

Several Olympians were entered in the competition with the hopes of qualifying for FINA World Championships July 12-28 in Gwangju, Korea.

Swimming Canada also announced its team for the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which take place Aug. 20-25 in Budapest, Hungary.

Although Near didn’t get a spot on the World Junior team, he did race very well in the 100-metre backstroke and the 50-metre backstroke.

“Caleb enjoys racing at a high level meet, he doesn’t let the pressure of the tough competition get to him,” said his coach, Meredith Thompson-Edwards.

Caleb swam to personal best times in both of his events, 100 backstroke (59.46) setting a new long course club record and in the 50-metre backstroke he advanced to the B final finishing 20th overall in the time of 27.23, which is also another long course club record.

Caleb is currently competing in Quebec at the 2019 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships where he hopes to get on the podium.