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Final day features four finals for Canada

2015 FINA –

KAZAN, Russia – Emily Overholt and the women’s 4×100-m medley relay qualified for finals Sunday morning at FINA World Championships.

They will join fellow Canadians Ryan Cochrane and Chantal Van Landeghem in competing for medals tonight in the last session of the eight-day meet in Kazan, Russia.

Overholt set a new personal best to qualify for the women’s 400-m individual medley final. Her swim of 4:35.86 dropped more than two seconds from her previous mark and was just 0.02 short of the Canadian record held by Tanya Hunks. The 17-year-old from West Vancouver has had that 4:35 mark in the back of her mind since her 4:35.33 at last month’s Pan Am Games in Toronto was wiped out due to a disqualification.

“It’s around what I went at Pan Am Games so to be back at 35 I’m really happy with that,” the world championships rookie said.

Overholt sits third entering tonight’s final, behind only Katinka Hosszu of Hungary (4:32.78) and Czech Barbora Zavadova (4:35.6).

“It’s going to be a fun race. I hope I’ll be faster and I hope that will place me well,” she said.

In the final event of the morning, Canada’s women’s 4×100-m medley relay team of Dominique Bouchard, Rachel Nicol, Noemie Thomas and Sandrine Mainville turned in a time of 3:59.02.

Mainville was a night’s sleep removed from anchoring the mixed 4×100-m freestyle relay to the first-ever world championship bronze medal in the event.

“The other girls are all doing a really great job, and being able to win a medal last night gave me really good energy for this morning,” Mainville said.

That relay medal is one of two bronzes that Canada will be looking to add to tonight. The other is held by Ryan Cochrane, who competes in tonight’s men’s 1,500-m freestyle, his signature event. The Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria swimmer holds three straight silver medals in the longest distance, as well as Olympic silver and bronze. Also competing tonight is Winnipeg’s Chantal Van Landeghem, who broke her own Canadian record in Saturday night’s 50-m freestyle semifinal to qualify for the final.

In other morning swims, Sydney Pickrem finished 14th in the women’s 400 IM (4:40.60). The men’s 4×100-m medley relay team of Russell Wood, Richard Funk, Santo Condorelli and Yuri Kisil finished 13th at 3:35.72.

The final evening session of the eight-day meet begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. Sportsnet will have daily televised coverage on Sportsnet One. For more information and official results visit or