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Canadian Para swimmers claim pair of silver medals at Polish Winter Open

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SZCZECIN, Poland – Canadian Para swimmers captured a pair of silver medals at the 2022 Polish Winter Open which ran from Nov. 4-6 in Szczecin, Poland’s seventh largest city located in the country’s northwest.

Canada was represented at the event by Angela Marina of Cambridge, Ont., Emma Grace Van Dyk of Port Colborne, Ont., Montreal’s Colleen Cloëtta, Meghan Calhoun of Tara, Ont., as well as male teammate Hunter Helberg of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Marina, a Tokyo Paralympian who also competed at last summer’s Para Swimming World Championships in Portugal, claimed individual silver in the women’s 100-metre backstroke on Friday thanks to a time of 1:14.22.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old teamed up with Van Dyk, Cloëtta and Calhoun for a second-place finish in the women’s 4×50 freestyle relay (2:18.64).

All races at the long-course competition were multiclass timed finals, with medals awarded according to WPS points.

“I was impressed with how well they managed themselves throughout the meet,” said team coach Michel Bérubé, Swimming Canada’s NextGen & Pathways Coach, Para swimming. “We trained twice a day and did one small training session the morning of the meet and they all responded extremely well.”

“They were all able to be always in the moment. Being able to swim at 96 per cent-plus on the first week of November is definitely a confidence boost,” Bérubé added, referring to the number of races in which Canadian athletes were within five per cent of their personal best times.

Helberg, an 18-year-old S12 athlete, set personal bests in two of eight events, clocking 40.66 in the 50 breaststroke on Friday and 35.50 in the 50 back on Sunday. He finished first in his class in three races and top three in all eight.

Marina placed in the top five overall in all six of her individual events and finished among the top three in the S14 class in all six. In the 100 freestyle, she touched in 1:03.30, only 15 hundredths of a second off her PB.

Van Dyk, who also represented Canada at the 2022 Madeira Para worlds, was the third fastest S14 swimmer in three of six events. She was 11 hundredths shy of her career record in the 100 free.

The youngest member of the delegation at 17, Cloëtta topped the S7 class in the 200 individual medley and was second in the category in her four other events.

Calhoun, 19, was third in the S9 class in the 100 breast and was within half a second of her PB in the 50 breast.



Meghan Calhoun (S9)
50 breast: 45.10 (6th overall / 5th in class)
100 breast: 1:37.69 (10th overall / 3rd in class)
Colleen Cloëtta (S7)
100 free: 1:33.15 (19th overall / 2nd in class)
50 fly: 51.59 (9th overall / 2nd in class)
50 free: 41.58 (15th overall / 2nd in class)
50 back: 49.31 (11th overall / 2nd in class)
200 IM: 3:48.37 (11th overall / 1st in class)
Hunter Helberg (S12)
100 free: 1:04.56 (21st overall / 3rd in class)
50 breast: 40.66 (8th overall / 2nd in class)
50 fly: 30.37 (11th overall / 1st in class)
100 breast: 1:28.94 (10th overall / 2nd in class)
400 free: 5:10.45 (6th overall / 1st in class)
50 back: 35.50 (17th overall / 2nd in class)
200 IM: 2:44.56 (11th overall / 1st in class)
200 free: 2:27.39 (11th overall / 2nd in class)
Angela Marina (S14)
100 free: 1:03.30 (5th overall / 3rd in class)
100 back: 1:14.22 (2nd overall – silver medal / 2nd in class)
100 breast: 1:30.19 (5th overall / 3rd in class)
400 free: 4:59.09 (4th overall / 3rd in class)
200 IM: 2:40.04 (4th overall / 2nd in class)
200 free: 2:20.28 (4th overall / 3rd in class)
Emma Grace Van Dyk (S14)
100 free: 1:06.52 (8th overall / 4th in class)
100 back: 1:14.79 (4th overall / 3rd in class)
100 breast: 1:33.64 (6th overall / 4th in class)
100 fly: 1:14.76 (4th overall / 3rd in class)
200 IM: 2:42.46 (5th overall / 3rd in class)
200 free: 2:28.31 (6th overall / 5th in class)
Women’s 4×100 medley (Van Dyk, Cloëtta, Marina, Calhoun): DSQ
Women’s 4×100 free (Van Dyk, Cloëtta, Marina, Calhoun): DSQ
Women’s 4×50 free (Van Dyk, Cloëtta, Marina, Calhoun): 2:18.64 (2nd overall – silver)