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Acevedo, Kharun break Canadian records on first night of Indianapolis World Cup

INDIANAPOLIS – Javier Acevedo of Toronto broke two Canadian records in the 200-m backstroke and the 100-m individual medley on the first night of the FINA Swimming World Cup. The third and final leg of the World Cup series is being held at the IU Natatorium.

Acevedo placed second in the 200-m backstroke in a time of 1:49.74, breaking Markus Thormeyer’s previous record of 1:50.27. He now has Canadian records in the short course 50-m, 100-m and 200-m backstroke events.

Shaine Casas of the United States won the event in 1:48.40. Teammate Ryan Murphy finished third in 1:50.56.

Later in the evening, Casas won the 100-m individual medley in 51.04. Michael Andrew of the United States was close behind in 51.22.

Acevedo broke the previous Canadian record of 51.70 to earn bronze in a time of 51.38.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., finished sixth in 51.89.

Ilya Kharun, who is set to make his Team Canada debut at next month’s World Swimming Championships (25m) in Melbourne, Australia, lowered the men’s 100-m butterfly record in a time of 49.93 to finish second in the event. South Africa’s Chad le Clos won in 48.85. Le Clos also won the 100-m butterfly at the Berlin and Toronto legs of the World Cup.

On the women’s side, Kylie Masse of Toronto won the 50-m backstroke in 25.96. Masse’s time was faster than her previous two swims in Berlin (26.15) and Toronto (26.02).

Ingrid Wilm of Calgary went 26.25 to out-touch Louise Hansson of Sweden for second. Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivières, Que., finished eighth in 27.28.

Shortly after, Summer McIntosh of Toronto won the 200-m butterfly in 2:03.40, just .20 seconds off the Canadian record of 2:03.20.

Katie Grimes and Alex Shackell of the United States finished second and third in 2:04.16 and 2:05.18

Four Canadians made it into the women’s 200-m breaststroke final. Sydney Pickrem placed second in 2:19.77. Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg followed in 2:20.59.

Tessa Cieplucha of Toronto finished fifth in 2:22.08 and Bailey Andison of Smiths Falls, Ont., seventh in 2:23.32.

Pickrem later finished fifth in the women’s 100-m individual medley in 58.77.

Leg 3 continues with Day 2 of finals Friday at 6 p.m. ET.


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