MONTREAL– Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., lowered her Canadian record in the women’s 50-m backstroke then won the gold medal in the final on Friday at the Italian International swimming competition held in Rome.
In the preliminaries, Masse clocked 27.67 seconds to set a meet record and eclipse her previous national mark of 27.84 posted this past February at the CIS Championships. In the final she went 27.82with Katarina Listopadova of Slovakia second in 28.23 and Elena Gemo of Italy third in 28.40.
Masse’s victory was one of three medals won by Canadians currently tuning up for the Olympic Games in Rio.
In the 50-m freestyle, Chantal VanLandeghem of Winnipeg took the silver medal in 24.71 seconds. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands was the winner in 24.28. Michelle Williams of North York, Ont., placed fifth in 25.26.
Also on the podium in Rome was Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., third in the 200-m butterfly in 2:09.93. Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary won gold in 2:08.55 and Stefania Pirozzi of Italy was second in 2:09.66.
Savard a double winner in Montreal
Meanwhile at the Quebec Cup in Montreal, Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge is also preparing for the Olympics and she posted wins in the 100-m freestyle and 200-m butterfly.
In the 100-m freestyle, Savard took gold in a personal best 54.72 seconds almost a half-second ahead of American Siobhan Haughey. Ariane Mainville of Montreal was third.
In the 200-m butterfly, Savard dominated the race in 2:13.86.
Full results – Quebec Cup: https://www.swimrankings.net/services/CalendarFile/15871/live/index.html
Full results – Italian International: http://www.microplustiming.com/fin2016/indexNU2016_242526_06_Roma_web.php