Steve Young swims the Individual Medley faster than any high school student in Ontario.
The Grade 12 Kincardine District Secondary School student set a new personal best en route to a gold medal winning performance Wednesday in Etobicoke.
Young, initially seeded third in the IM, swam the 100-metre IM in 1:06.24.
Steve Young shows off his OFSAA gold medal Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre pool. (Josh Howald photo)
“As soon as I finished I looked up and saw Lane 4, first place,” said Young Thursday. “Then I started celebrating. I didn’t actually even find out my time until hours later.”
This is the fourth straight year Young has advanced to the OFSAA meet. It was a silver medal in his Grade 10 year that motivated him to win gold.
“It’s been a goal of mine ever since (Grade 10),” he said before starting his job at the Davidson Centre pool teaching lessons.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Young’s season is the fact he swam personal best times at every major competition. He set a CWOSSA record at the OFSAA qualifier, and shaved three seconds off his IM time from the start of the season to last week’s gold medal.
He attributed that to swimming against people at his own level, and the coaching of Lee-Anne Edmunds, Carrie Houghton and his mother, Kelly Young.
He also finished fifth in backstroke, swimming another personal best time of 1:07.5
While swimming is an individual sport, Young definitely keeps an eye on the competition.
“The guy that beat me in backstroke at CWOSSA was supposed to be in the lane next to me,” he said. “But he dropped out, which made me pretty sad. I wanted to beat him.”
Not to be overlooked was Carly Schmidt’s fourth place finish in the 50-metre backstroke. It was a personal best for Schmidt, who was also 10th in the 100-metre IM.
“Carly has the most potential of any of our swimmers,” said Young of his KDSS teammate.
The KDSS junior girls relay team swam to an 18th place finish at OFSAA. That team is comprised of Schmidt, Jessilyn Wolfe, Ana McFarlan and Justine Watson.
The swimmers will now take a break from training and competing until mid-July.
“It was a long season,” said Young. “It will be nice to have some time off for a while.”
In July, the Kincardine Kippers program starts another season, which will run until Young hops back in the pool on a quest for more gold.