OLEKSIAK CAPTURES FOURTH MEDAL FOR CANADA

Friday, December 9, 2016

Oleksiak captured a bronze medal Thursday night in the 100-m freestyle. The youngster from Toronto lowered the Canadian record for the third time in two days, this time, she also set the world junior record in 52.01 seconds.

“It was kind of hard in the last 25 meters, but I put everything I could into it.”

Oleksiak earned four medals at the Olympic Games in Rio, including a gold in the 100-m freestyle.

“I’m not worried about my racing as long as I know I put in everything I had.” said Oleksiak.

Sandrine Mainville competed alongside Oleksiak in the 100-m race. She finished sixth in 52.52.

Hilary Caldwell finished fourth in the 200-m backstroke in a time of 2:09.98.

“It would have been nice to be on the podium, but fourth right now is not too bad.”

The 25-year-old backstroke specialist from Victoria now moves her focus on to the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

“This race really helped me prepare for next summer.” said Caldwell.

Javier Acevedo, Richard Funk, Katerine Savard and Michelle Williams finished fifth in the mixed 4×50-m medley final in a time of 1:38.98. Acevedo’s 23.58 lead off backstroke split was under the 50-m backstroke world junior and Canadian record time.

Savard also swam in the 50-m butterfly semifinal where she advanced to Friday night’s final. The Pont-Rouge native’s time of 25.76 was good for eight place.

Olivia Anderson wrapped up her first senior national team experience with a seventh place finished in the 800-m freestyle. The 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. swam the long-distance event in 8:30.16.

 “It’s all about improving, looking forward, and focusing on better things to come.”

 

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