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Winnipeg – Avery Wiseman shattered a 16-year-old Canada Games record held by former Olympian Annamay Pierse in the girls 200-m breaststroke on Wednesday night at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg.
Alberta’s Wiseman first set the record during Wednesday’s preliminaries that was later acknowledged by Pierse on Twitter. Wiseman then followed up her morning performance with a faster time of 2:30.37 in the final to win the gold medal. Her time in the event now stands as a top 10 time in Canada this season.
“The race was pretty good. I was pretty relaxed and just thinking about what I was doing and not what others were doing,” said Wiseman about her race. When asked about the record she set, she replied: “It feels amazing. Honestly, I didn’t think I would be able to do it.”
Genevieve Sasseville also set a Canada Games record in tonight’s girls 50-m butterfly final. Sasseville, representing Ontario, posted a time of 27.51 on her way to the gold medal.
Cole Pratt of Alberta outperformed his Canadian age group record (13-14) time of 57.74 from the preliminary session by posting 56.82 to win gold in the boy’s 100-m backstroke final. Pratt also eclipsed the Canadian age group record in the 200 fly last night. Greyson Bernard pushed his opponent by posting a personal best time of 56.95 and earning the silver medal.
Ontario emerged victorious in both the girls’ and boys’ 4×100-m freestyle relay tonight after doubling up on gold in last night’s relays. After falling to BC on two occasions on the first night of competition, Team Ontario have since re-established their dominance in the relay events.
Ontario’s Hanna Henderson continues her strong performance at the meet by claiming gold in the girls 100-m backstroke in 1:03.88. Tonight’s gold was Henderson’s second gold and fifth total medal this week.
Additional gold medal winners from tonight include Joshua Liendo in the boys 50-m butterfly, and Knox Finlay in the boys 200-m breaststroke, Emma O’Croinin in the girls 400-m freestyle and Raben Dommann in the boys 400 free.
A Canada Games record was also set by BC’s Jesse Shade in the men’s 100-m backstroke Special Olympics category. Shade’s time of 1:05.99 crushed the previous record. This gold medal is Shade’s third of the competition. His provincial teammate Genny Verge won gold in the women’s 100 back.
To cap a record-setting night, Ontario’s Angela Marina set a Canadian record in the Para-swimming record in the women’s 100-m butterfly with a time of 1:09.63. Tonight’s gold was Marina’s third in as many nights. Quebec’s Nicolas Plamondon took home gold in the men’s 100 fly Para-swimming multi class.
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