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Johns picks up two more gold, three medals at Western Canada Summer Games

Lin wins silver in 4x100m free relay, male basketball victorious over NWT, female softball splits with Alberta, Manitoba
Cadence Johns is off to a fantastic start at the Western Canada Summer Games.

The 15-year-old Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins competitor picked up her second and third gold medals along with a relay bronze in the pool late Saturday and early Sunday, giving her four medals – three of them gold – through the first two days of competition.

Johns closed out action Saturday with a first place finish in the female 100 metre backstroke and needed to outduel Alberta’s Naomi Slee to do it -- Johns ended up touching the wall in 1:07.68, only nine hundredths of a second ahead of the silver medal winner.

Johns later joined Saskatoon’s Hannah Heggstrom, North Battleford’s Madison Higgs and Saskatoon’s Ella Howe to win bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Sunday saw no change in Johns’ success, as she would torch the field to take gold in the 400m individual medley. Her time of 5:11.52 was nearly three minutes better than Alberta’s Emma Finlin. Johns was back in the pool for the 200 IM later Sunday.

Austin Lin became the second Fins competitor to hit the podium on Saturday when he combined with Saskatoon’s Jay Bilous, Regina’s Matthew Brough and Isaak Wiebe to claim silver in the male 4x100m free relay.

Lin was also third in his heat in the 100m backstroke in 1:09.03, good enough for ninth overall. Sunday, he finished fourth in the 4x200m mixed free relay and eighth in the 50m back with a time of 32.47.

Chloe Johns finished 10th in the 200m fly in 2:47.44 on Saturday before joining with Fins teammate Reece Koch to take fifth place in the 4x100m free relay. She added a seventh place finish in the 100m breaststroke (1:59.59) before swimming the 200m IM later Sunday.

Koch picked up a pair of top 10 finishes in two of her other races, with an eighth-place showing in the 100m back (1:11.55) and seventh place in the 50m back (33.42). She swam the 50m fly later Sunday.

Dylan Boughen and the Saskatchewan male basketball team picked up their first win of the Games on Saturday night with a 69-51 victory over the Northwest Territories.

Boughen finished the game with eight points, including two three pointers, as Team Sask led 13-12 after the first quarter before outscoring their northern neighbours 20-4 in the second quarter for a 33-16 lead at half. They extended their edge to 56-33 in the third on their way closing out the comfortable win.

Saskatoon’s Noah Flaman led all scorers with 20 points.

Saskatchewan was back in action Sunday night against Manitoba.

Team Saskatchewan and Courtney Botterill split their first two games of the tournament in female softball, taking a 6-3 win over Alberta and dropping a 3-2 decision to Manitoba in the first half of the three-team round robin.

Botterill didn’t take the field in the opener, which saw Saskatchewan overcome a 3-0 deficit with three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to secure the win. Saskatoon’s Bryn Bohmann and Lumsden’s Koda Morris each scored two runs for Team Sask.

The Moose Jaw Bantam Ice standout saw action in centre field in the game against Manitoba, going 0-for-1 at the plate before being replaced in the fifth inning. Saskatchewan again trailed 3-0 late but scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before falling just short.

They’re back in action Monday as they kick off the second round robin against Alberta.

Through a day-and-a-half of competition, Alberta leads the medal count with 28 gold, 32 silver and 22 bronze for 82 medals, while Saskatchewan is second with 12 gold, seven silver and 13 bronze for 32 medals. Manitoba is just behind with 10 gold, 10 silver and 29 medals total.