P.E.I. speed skater sets two new P.E.I. records
CHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I. short-track speed skater Scott Beamish set two new P.E.I. records and overcame a weekend of poor luck, blade troubles and an untimely penalty to finish sixth overall at a recent national qualifier meet in Calgary, Alta.
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Scott Beamish of P.E.I. is competing in his first major meet of the season this weekend in Calgary. A top-16 finish in the national qualifier meet will earn Beamish a spot in next month’s Canadian open short track championships.
With the top-16 finish, Beamish secured a spot in the Canadian Open short track championships in Montreal, Que., from Nov. 15 to 17.
Last season, Beamish became the first P.E.I. male to qualify for the event, and he is looking to build on a 23rd-place performance at the national championship.
Beamish finished second among the 53-man field in the 500-metre distance in Calgary, giving him the points he needed to secure the strong overall finish. Along the way, the Warren Grove speed skater improved on his own P.E.I. record time in the 500 metres, lowering the mark to 41.702 seconds.
However, the competition did not start on a high note for the P.E.I. skater, who now trains and studies in Calgary.
In the 1,500-metre event, Beamish was penalized in an early heat, and was not able to advance. He received last-place points in the field, which put the pressure on for subsequent events.
After his strong recovery in the 500 metres, tough luck struck again in the 1,000-metre event. Beamish was leading his quarter-final race when he was taken down from behind by another skater.
While he was advanced to the semifinal by the referee, Beamish had little time between the two races to repair his blades after the prior crash, resulting in another fall in the semifinal.
Skating in the B final, again just minutes later and still without blade repairs, Beamish was unable to push his competition. Despite the blade difficulties, he managed a new personal best and P.E.I. record time of 1:26.257, nearly a second faster than his prior mark from last March.