Canadian Swimmers raise Mare Nostrum medal count to 16
MONACO – After competing at all three Mare Nostrum tour destinations, Ingrid Wilm boosted her medal tally to six, contributing to the 16-medal haul achieved by the Canadian swimmers.
In a competitive 50-m backstroke event, Wilm emerged victorious after outpacing her competition by half a second with a time of 27.47. She later bettered her time in Monaco by one-tenth swimming the event in 27.37, matching the meet record during the knockout round to take the win over Czechia’s Simona Kubova.
Building on her 100-m backstroke victory in Barcelona during the second leg of the tour, the Cascade Swim Club swimmer dipped below the 1:00 mark to earn a spot at the top of the podium with a time of 59.83. Wilm would finish third in overall rankings on the women’s side with a total of 2760 points, with just 21 points separating the top three.
Adding to the team’s successful podium finishes, Katerine Savard from Club Aquatique Montreal improved on her time from the previous leg of the tour by half a second, touching the wall first with a time of 58.25 in the women’s 100-m butterfly. Savard’s teammate, Mary-Sophie Harvey earned a silver in the women’s 200-m individual medley stopping the clock at 2:09.75. Harvey the day prior, earned silver in the 200-m freestyle event with a time of 1:57.75 just out touching Canadian teammate, Brooklyn Douthwright who won her first medal of the tour, taking third spot touching in 1:58.58.
Joining the list of Canadian swimmers to step onto the Mare Nostrum podium, 19-year-old Emma O’Croinin from Edmonton, secured her first medal of the tour with a time of 4:16.59, earning her the third-place position in the women’s 400-m freestyle.
On the men’s side, Finlay Knox took his second medal of the tour, winning silver in the 200 medley with a time of 2:00.31, bettering his placing a week prior in Barcelona.
Lorne Wigginton from the University of Calgary Swim Club also claimed his first medal in the men’s 400-m individual medley with a time of 4:19.27 to earn bronze. Joining him in top-three finishes, Ruslan Gaziev of the Etobicoke Swim Club claimed the silver medal in the men’s 100-m freestyle with a time of 48.78.
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