YEOSU, South Korea – Three days after making their FINA World Championships debuts, Toronto’s Kate Sanderson and Chantel Jeffrey of Island Swimming/Victoria NextGen came back with strong showings in the women’s 5-km race.
The teenagers stayed with the main pack the whole of the three-lap race, with Sanderson finishing 24th, Jeffrey 28th. After finishing several minutes behind in the 10-km Sunday, Sanderson, 19, was just 21.7 seconds behind winner Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil in this race. Jeffrey, who turns 18 Thursday and was the sixth-youngest in the 54-swimmer race, was close behind at 22.1 seconds off the pace.
“I think it was a lot better than the last bit of my 10-km. I felt like I was in a good spot, it was just a lot harder to move up because it wasn’t as spread out, but it was really good, I’m happy with my result,” Sanderson said.
Sanderson qualified for the World Beach Games being held in Qatar in October, joining Raben Dommann and bronze medallist Eric Hedlin, who qualified in the men’s 5-km earlier.
“That was a much better race for our girls, indicative really of where we think they’re at with the ability they’ve got, both being young. They recovered well from the 10-km, reset their goals and then got into this with the attitude they really wanted to push themselves and be up there with the pack,” said Open Water Head Coach Mark Perry. “Both of them were in the pack for the whole race, they didn’t let the pack get away and they put themselves in good positions. At the level they’re at, being development athletes, it’s a great performance for both of them.”
The open water team wraps up its slate Thursday (Wednesday evening in Canadian time zones) with the 5-km mixed relay event.
“I’m super excited. It’s such an individual race, open water, then when we get to do it as a relay it brings the girls and guys together and we’re just all swimming together,” Sanderson said. “It’s a lot more fun because we get to do it together instead of alone so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Full open water results: http://www.omegatiming.com/2019/18th-fina-world-championships-ow-live-results
FINA TV (https://www.finatv.live/en), CBC (https://www.cbc.ca/sports/broadcast) and Radio-Canada (https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/horaire-diffusions) will webcast the open water races live from Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park, approximately 90 km southeast of host city Gwangju. Viewers can download the CBC broadcast schedule to sync with smartphone calendar apps here: http://calrep.ly/2JDCwxx
The pool competition kicks off July 21 at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, Korea. Visit www.swimming.ca for bios, profiles and preview stories, and follow Swimming Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the championships.