KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Kayla Sanchez and quadruple Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak from Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Ontario were among Canadian top-three finishers Thursday at the first stop on the Pro Swim Series circuit.
After a 10 medal performance in Europe last month, Sanchez began her North American season with a second place finish in the women’s 50-m backstroke clocking a personal best 28.13 seconds.
Olivia Smoliga of the U.S. was first in 27.85 and her compatriot Kathleen Baker third in 28.37.
Jade Hannah of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Victoria was fifth in 28.45 and Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., eighth in 28.80.
Oleksiak, Canada’s big star at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was third in the 100-m butterfly clocking 58.33. Kelsi Dahlia of the U.S. topped the field in 57.86 and her compatriot Kendyl Stewart was second in 58.25.
Haley Black of Swimming Canada’s HPC-Vancouver was eighth in 59.84.
There were also three Canadian finalists in the women’s 100-m breaststroke led by HPC-Ontario’s Kierra Smith’s third place in 1:08.21. Americans Annie Lazor and Micah Sumrall were 1-2 in 1:06.89 and 1:07.78.
Rachel Nicol of Calgary was fourth in 1:08.89 and Faith Nelson of HPC-Victoria sixth in 1:09.04.
Jeremy Bagshaw of HPC-Victoria added a third in the 800-m freestyle and a fourth in the 200-m free while Emily Overholt of HPC Vancouver was fourth in the 400-m individual medley. Tristan Cote of Toronto was sixth in the men’s 400-m IM.
Competition continues through to Saturday.