The 15-year-old Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins competitor swam a time of 1:05.83 in the girls 100 metre butterfly to take first place by nearly a full second over Alberta’s Kate MacLean, who finished in 1:06.75. Johns entered the event with the third-fastest seed time in the field but was only two 10ths off compared to her fellow podium finishers each missing their times by over a second.
Johns was back in the pool later Saturday alongside Fins teammate Reece Koch in the final heat of the 100m backstroke and with Saskatchewan 1 in the 4x100 metre relay.
Cadence wasn’t the only member of her family to post a top-10 finish in early action at the Games on Saturday, as younger sister Chloe Johns, 13, finished sixth in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 37.04 seconds. Manitoba’s Elle Couture was first in 34.86. Chloe swam the 200m fly and the 4x100m free relay alongside Koch on Sask 3 later Saturday.
Koch’s first race came in the 200m free, where she finished 12th in 2:22.92. Alberta’s Mia West won gold in 2:10.52.
Fins competitor Austin Lin posted a top-10 showing in the boys 100m fly, landing in sixth place in a time of 1:04.12. Alberta’s Cameron Chan was first in 1:00.74.
Lin swam the 100m backstroke and 4x100 metre relay with Sask 1 later Saturday.
In boys basketball, Moose Jaw’s Dylan Boughen led Saskatchewan with 16 points, including three three-pointers, in a 94-74 loss to Alberta. The two teams were tied 19-19 after the first quarter before Alberta pulled ahead 43-39 at half and 72-58 through three quarters.
Swift Current’s Drayden Hornoi and Saskatoon’s Noah Flaman each added 15 points for Team Sask. They were back in action against Northwest Territories on Saturday afternoon and led 33-16 at halftime.
Courtney Botterill and the Saskatchewan girls softball team were in action against Alberta later Saturday.