August 10, 2017News, Team Alberta Not only did it rain outdoors, but it also rained medals in the pool. Following an eight-medal day on Tuesday, Alberta swimmers continued their success by adding seven medals, including four gold medals, to Alberta’s tally. Avery Wiseman of Drayton Valley outperformed her competitor in dominant fashion in the waters of the Pan-Am Pool, setting the new Canada Games record in the women’s 200m Breastroke with a gold medal performance. With a time of 2:30.37, Wiseman not only lowered the record she had set in preliminaries but posted the 10th fastest time in Canadian Swimming history, all levels including the Olympics Games. “All I did to prepare was trying to calm down, get my feelings for the water and racing my own race,” said Avery, 15, coached by Greg Kozell. “It’s insane to have posted that Top 10 time in Canadian Swimming history. Every time I tried to look at the board after the race, I couldn’t see with my glasses on. My coach came to me to tell me I had broken the record,” added Wiseman who trains at the Trition Swimming club. Cole Pratt, 14, of Calgary continues his domination in the pool, setting the new record for his age group in the 100m Backstroke with a time 56.82s. Pratt’s medal count is now at three medals for these Games, two gold medals and a silver medal. “I’m happy with the gold medal,” commented Pratt from the Cascade Swim Club. “Yesterday I was surprised with my times. My coaches are telling me to do my best, to have fun. They are not looking forward to anything crazy.” With his gold medal performance of 56.82s, Pratt set the new Canadian Age Group record for the 100m Backstroke. The surprise of the night comes from Finley Knox of Okotoks, who won the gold medal in the men’s 200m Breastroke event. Knox had lane 7 in the finals, as a result of his preliminary round time. The gold medal comes after two months of intense recovery after fracturing his right ankle. He spent countless hours doing physiotherapy and mental training to prepare for the Games. “I feel great. I’ve overcome a lot of challenges over the last couple of months. Fracturing that right ankle was a huge setback. I was trying to get mentally and physically prepared. I did everything I could to get as ready as I could. I worked lots with my physical therapist to get the foot strong.” Knox enjoys being in the water: “My philosophy is to have fun, and I perform best when I have fun. The atmosphere is great here in Winnipeg. Everyone is supporting each other. We are all having a good time.” Knox parents couldn’t make it to the pool for the race but watched all his races on the web stream. His grandparents, all the way from the United Kingdom, are also watching the exploits of the young swimmer through the web stream.