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Turbide breaks two records on final day of Para-swimming Canadian Open

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TORONTO – Quebec City’s Nicolas-Guy Turbide broke an Americas record and a Canadian record on the final night of competition at the Para-swimming Canadian Open at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

Turbide’s first record of the evening was the SM13 200-metre individual medley Americas record. He bested his own time by over two seconds touching in at 2 minutes, 15.06 seconds.

“The meet went on, and it got better and better at every event,” said Turbide. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better tonight by improving my Americans record in the 200 I.M. by even more than 2 seconds, which is something you don’t see often.”

The 20-year-old’s second record was a Canadian record in the S13 100-m freestyle. He broke Brian Hill’s record from 1999 with a 56.35.

“It was a great meet for me and a great way to end the season and I know where I have to improve in the next couple of months to be a better swimmer next summer.”

Four other records were also broken on Wednesday. Aurelie Rivard broke a 200-m I.M. Americas records, while Jonathan Dieleman, Tammy Cunnington and Abi Tripp broke Canadian records in the 150-m I.M., and the 100-m freestyle.

Rivard, of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., smashed her own Americas record by over a full second in the SM10 200-m I.M. Her time of 2 minutes, 28.93 seconds bested her previous record of 2:30.03.

Jonathan Dieleman, of Richmond Rapids Swim Club, broke a 20-year-old Canadian record in the SM4 150-m I.M. with a 3:17.41. The previous mark of 3:20.59 was set by Garth Harris in 1997.

“It feels great. I’ve been chasing this record since the Olympic Trials in 2016 so it feels good, a year and a half later, to actually break it by a good amount of time.”

Tammy Cunnington of Red Deer, Alta., broke her own Canadian record in the S4 100-m freestyle. Cunnington, 41, touched in with a 1:50.85.

“I’m always looking for a personal best and because I hold the Canadian record for the S4, it’s breaking two things at once. I was looking to be a little bit faster tonight than I was. I had a really good start and a controlled first 50 but I had a problem with my turn so it cost me a little bit of time.”

Sixteen-year-old Abi Tripp also took down a record in the 100-m freestyle. The Kingston, Ont., native broke Morgan Bird’s S8 record in a time 1:09.07.

“We were hoping to build momentum through the meet and we always want to finish strong and make the last day our best day,” said Vince Mikuska, Swimming Canada’s Senior Coach, Paralympic Program. “Tonight we had some really great results so hats off to the swimmers for staying focused, they were still here with an opportunity to compete and they took full advantage of it.”

The 2017 Para-swimming Canadian Open finished after three days of competition at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

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