Another fast finals session tonight brought the short course meters Canada Cup at the University of Toronto to a close today. There were lots of fast in-season swims at this meet, showing the increasing depth of the Canadian team and many up-and-comers.
Victoria Poon and Sandrine Mainville clashed in the women’s 100m freestyle with Poon coming out on top with a time of 53.79 to win the event. Mainville touched in at 54.16 to claim the silver followed by University of Toronto’s Paige Shultz who was 0.80 seconds behind Mainville, grabbing the bronze in 54.96. With that bronze Shultz brought her medal count up to three.
Coleman Allen struck again, this time in the men’s 200m freestyle. Allen grabbed the gold with a swift 1:47.55 to beat out yesterday’s joint 400m freestyle champion Robert Wise. Wise grabbed the silver in 1:47.73. That was Allen’s second gold of the meet after winning the 100m IM last night over Oakville’s Evan White.
In the women’s 50m breaststroke University of Calgary’s Fiona Doyle took down two Olympic breaststrokers on her way to gold, swimming a 31.05 to win the event. 2012 Olympian Tera Van Beilen grabbed the silver behind Doyle, just being out-touched by 0.06 seconds to finish in 31.11. Last night’s 100m breaststroke winner Martha McCabe was unable to add another title, finishing in fourth at 31.24. McCabe isn’t known for her raw speed but has been showing great in-season times for the breaststroke sprints considering.
Kevin Deret added another gold to his pallet, winning the 100m breaststroke tonight after taking the gold in the 50m breaststroke yesterday. Deret won the event in 1:01.10 just ahead of second place finisher Nick Kostiuk from the University of Alberta. Konrad Bald, the man with the fastest seed heading into the meet, finished third in 1:01.48.
University of Toronto’s Vanessa Treasure took home the gold tonight in the women’s 400m IM. Treasure swam a 4:41.37 to separate herself from McGill University’s Katie Caldwell who grabbed the silver with a 4:44.86. Olympian Stephanie Horner who’s swam the 400m IM internationally came third in 4:45.91.
The battle for the 100m fly gold on the men’s side proved to be quite the show. Coleman Allen headed into finals with the top seed after finishing in 52.64 during the prelims. Edward Liu took the second seed in 52.91. The two separated themselves from the field and established a great rivalry for tonights final. Allen got the better of Liu tonight, matching his prelim time of 52.64 to win gold. Liu swim just 0.04 seconds faster than he did in prelims, grabbing the silver with a time of 52.87.
Dominique Bouchard won the women’s 100m backstroke, breaking the one minute barrier to finish in 59.26. In second was last night’s 50m backstroke winner, 15 year old Danielle Hanus. Hanus swam a 1:00.24 tonight to out-touch Marie-Pier Couillard who took home the bronze in 1:00.25. Kennedy Goss who won the 200m freestyle last night finished in sixth, followed by 50m backstroke silver medallist, 15 year old Emma Ball.
World Championship team member Russell Wood added to his 100m backstroke gold from last night by winning the 50m backstroke in 24.52. Second was Newmarket’s Matthew Swanston who was over half a second behind Wood in 25.07. Kelly Aspinall from the UBC Dolphins picked up the bronze.
The women’s 200m butterfly final ended up being just as exciting as last night’s 100m butterfly. The top three seeds: Audrey Lacroix, Katerine Savard, and Noemie Thomas who all have international experience in the butterfly once again took to the blocks. Savard won the 100m butterfly last night followed by Thomas and Lacroix. This time, 30 year old Lacroix showed the younger girls that she still has lots of speed left, winning the event in 2:07.56. The Canadian butterfly veteran beat second place Savard by over two seconds. Savard picked up the silver in 2:09.67, Thomas the bronze in 2:10.69.
Bogdan Knezevic won the men’s 200m IM after taking the top seed going into finals after this morning’s prelims. Knezevic was just barely over two minutes, winning the event in a fast 2:00.19. Last night’s 400m IM winner, University of Calgary freshman Tristan Cote, finished eighth in the final with a time of 2:07.79.
Savannah King once again came home to win a distance freestyle event, this time the 400m freestyle. King won the 800m free last night, but was able to save up enough energy to win the 400 in 4:10.87. Olympian Barbara Jardin finished fifth in 4:15.68. Last night Jardin posted the fastest swim of the night in the 200m freestyle on her way to winning the B final. University of Calgary’s Lindsay Delmar took the silver behind King, Caitlin Hodge the bronze.
The men’s splash-and-dash was won by World Championship team member Chris Manning. After not being able to medal last night, Manning took the 50m freestyle in a time of 22.13. Second place finisher Alex Loginov was over half a second behind him, touching the wall in 22.66. World Championship relay swimmer Luke Peddie came seventh in 22.98.
Martha McCabe showed just how powerful she is by posting a outrageously fast in-season time in the 200m breaststroke. McCabe swam a 2:21.28, just off the 2:19.85 she posted this summer when she was rested. McCabe demolished the field on her way to gold; second place finisher Tera Van Beilen took the silver in 2:27.09. With this victory, McCabe went home with a fourth place finish in the 50m breaststroke, and gold in both the 100 and 200. McCabe’s speedy swims at this meet are an indicator that she’s going to be very fast this summer leading towards the Pan Pacific Championships.
After getting a bronze in the 200m freestyle, silver in the 200m IM, and bronze in the 100m freestyle, Paige Shultz finally came home with a gold medal after winning the 100m IM in a time of 1:01.55. Behind her was 100m butterfly winner Katerine Savard who earned her second silver of the night, touching the wall in 1:02.00. Barbara Jardin finished in seventh.
Russell Wood was stopped on his way to sweeping the backstroke events tonight by University of Toronto swimmer Matthew Myers. Myers beat Wood 1:55.74 to 1:55.88 in the 200m backstroke to take gold and end Wood’s hopes of getting his third victory of the meet. Behind Wood again was Newmarket’s Matthew Swanston who picked up the bronze in 1:57.69.
Noemie Thomas finally trumped Katerine Savard in a butterfly event by taking home the gold in the 50m butterfly. Amazingly, all three elite flyers (Savard, Thomas, and Lacroix) came home with an individual gold in a fly event from this meet. Thomas was the only swimmer in the final to break 26 seconds, grabbing the gold in a time of 25.97. Savard finished third in 26.69. With the gold, Thomas ended the meet with an individual medal count of four: one gold, one silver, and two bronzes.
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