EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Canadians Ingrid Wilm and Sydney Pickrem each collected two individual wins but it was Mary-Sophie Harvey’s Energy Standard team that took first place at the end of Friday’s fifth International Swimming League playoff match.
Harvey, from Trois-Rivieres, Que., produced points for her team with second-place finishes in the 200-m individual medley and 4×100-m medley relay as well as third in the 100-m IM, fifth in the 200-m backstroke and seventh in the 50-m backstroke.
Energy Standard totalled 561.5 points for first spot followed by the London Roar at 498.5, L.A. Current at 415.5 and DC Trident at 289.5.
Pickrem, a member of London Roar and part of Canada’s 4×100 medley relay that won Olympic bronze in Tokyo, took top spot in the 200-m IM in 2:06.50 and the 400-m IM in 4:29.21. She was fourth in the 100 IM.
Wilm, from Calgary, posted five top-three finishes overall. She won the 100 back in 55.91 and the 50 back in 27.67 and was third in the 200 back in 2:02.77 as well as two relays with the L.A. Current.
In her 100 back win, Wilm edged Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands, by 0.08 seconds.
“She is an amazing competitor,” Wilm said of London Roar’s Toussaint. “But I know going into the last five metres I’m doing my damndest to get that hand on the wall for my team.
It was really nice to hear my teammates’ and my coaches’ cheers over there before I even looked at the scoreboard.”
Other Canadians with top three results were Bailey Andison of Smith Falls, Ont., with DC Trident with second in the 400 IM in 4:31.21 just behind Pickrem. Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., with the Current was third in the 200 IM in 1:54.62.
On Saturday, the Cali Condors, Team Iron, Toronto Titans, and Aqua Centurions launch a two-day playoff match. The top-four overall from the six playoff matches advance to next week’s championship final.
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