More success for local athletes at Games

Team Saskatchewan and Caronport Cougars standout Jessica Zacharias have reached the playoff round at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.

Needing a pair of wins on Wednesday to have a chance at the quarter-final, Team Sask. defeated Team Yukon 3-0 (25-4, 25-18, 25-10) before downing Prince Edward Island 3-1 (19-25, 25-7, 25-14 and 25-15) to close round robin. That gave them a 3-2 record and third place in their pool.

As result, they played Ontario in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday night, with scores unavailable as of press time. The winner advances to face Manitoba (4-1) in the semifinal on Friday.

In swimming, Cadence Johns reached the ‘B’ final in the 200 metre backstroke after recording a time of 2:27.06 in the final heat and finishing 14th overall. Her time in the final was unavailable as of press time. She next swims in the 50m back and 4x100m medley relay today.

Elyssa Tacchi finished 22nd overall in the 100m breastroke heats in a time of 2:27.06, finishing just outside of the top-16 needed for a ‘B’ final swim. She swam the 4×50 metre relay on Thursday night and is in the 50m freestyle on Friday.

In cycling, Caronport’s Joshua Kropf ran into difficulty in the men’s road race and finished 46th overall in 2:55.25. Regina’s Elijah Louttit was 27th in 2:50:47.2, Saskatoon’s Lukas Conly 32nd in 2:50:48.4 32nd, Saskatoon’s Andre Gagnon 34th in 2:50:50.0 and Glenavon’s Caleb Bender 39th in 2:51:16.0.

Next action for Kropf and Team Sask. is the points criterium today.