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Smith excited by what future holds for Daley

Bright future: Daley won nine medals in Canada (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Elan Daley won a total of nine medals at the weekend Canadian National Swimming Championships in Calgary, Alberta where she also placed second overall in the 12 and under girls age group.

Daley, 11, swam in 12 individual events as well as five relays, reached ten finals, achieved 14 personal best times and medalled in six of the ten events.

She had a total of 22 individual swims over the five days of competition and broke both the Ontario provincial record and a 26-year-old Canadian Age group record when she touched the wall in 27.07 seconds in the 50 metre freestyle event.

“Elan placed second overall to the phenomenal Stephanie Lee of Vancouver’s Pacific Sea Wolves who, incidentally, celebrated her thirteenth birthday during the meet,” said a delighted Ben Smith, the Bermuda national coach.

“This is an amazing result for Elan at such a young age. It really makes us excited for next season when she will have her first opportunity to compete at Carifta for Bermuda.”

Daley, whose siblings Ethan and Elijah are also talented swimmers, won three golds medals, in the 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly, two silver, in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, and one bronze in the 50 breaststroke, as well was two silvers and a bronze in the relay events, the 400 freestyle and 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay.

On day one, Daley started the competition with two personal bests in the 100 butterfly preliminaries (1:08.93) and final (1:06.91) on her way to first place. She was then tenth in the 200 metres backstroke preliminaries in 2:39.09. In the 50 breaststroke preliminaries she clocked 36.06 seconds and then had another PB in the final where she placed third in 35.81.

On the second day of competition, Daley placed second in the 100 freestyle final in 1:01.24 after recording a time of 1:01.77 in the preliminaries. She had two PBs in the 50 backstroke where she finished sixth, clocking 32.98 in the preliminaries and then 32.59 in the final.

The young Bermudian was then fifth in the 400 medley final on day three when she had a PB of 5:29.46. She then won silver in the 800 freestyle.

Daley won the 50 freestyle final in 27.07 after earlier clocking 27.81 in the preliminaries, both personal bests. She finished twelfth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.72.

Another medal came on day four when she took silver in the 12-year-olds 400 freestyle relay. She was eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:11.94 after earlier clocking 1:11.98 in the preliminaries, both personal bests.

Daley also had a personal best in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle when she touched the wall in 2:17.94. She was also sixth in the finals of the 13-14 400 freestyle relay.

On the final day of competition, Daley had a first and two seconds, winning the gold in the 50 butterfly in a PB time of 29.59 seconds after clocking 30.68 in the preliminaries. She was second in the 200 medley with a 2:30.95 PB in the final, having clocked 2:38.02 in the preliminaries.

Swimming in the fly leg of the 400 medley relay, Daley helped her team win the silver medal.