DUBAI, UAE – Canada placed fourth in the women’s 4X100-m freestyle relay and Luke Reilly of Vancouver was fifth in national record time in the 400-m IM on Friday at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
Russia won the women’s relay in a championship record 3:41.40 while Australia edged the U.S. for silver by 0.01 seconds clocking 3:43.03.
‘’Our girls stepped it up a notch again today,’’ said Canada’s national junior coach Ken McKinnon. ‘’They’ve been battling hard all week. We had two of the four set personal best splits which was impressive this late in the meet.’’
In the men’s 400-m individual medley, Reilly was the top qualifier in the preliminaries and bettered his time by nearly two seconds in the final for fifth in 4:18.36. That eclipsed the previous national age group mark of 4:20.67 set by Alec Page of Victoria in 2011.
‘’I’m excited about the progress I made today in this event,’’ said Reilly, 17, who is coached by three-time Olympian and senior national 400 IM record holder Brian Johns. ‘’Overall my race is a lot better particularly my breaststroke which is the stroke I’ve worked the hardest on. It would have been nice to win a medal but the entry times by the favourites made me a longshot at this point.’’
Joseph Bentz of the U.S. won the race in 4:14.97 with Semen Makovich of Russia second in 4:15.89 and Keita Sunama of Japan third in 4:17.67.
In the women’s 1500-m freestyle, Alexandra Aitchison, a Canadian living in Clearwater, Florida, was eighth.
In semifinals, Frédérique Cigna of Montreal and Lili Margitai of Edmonton were 10th and 15th in the 100-m butterfly and Paige Kremer of Edmonton 16th in the 50-m freestyle for the women. On the men’s side Antoine Bujold of Montreal was 16th in the 50-m breaststroke. The top-eight advanced.
Canada has two bronze after five days of races. On Monday Emily Overholt of West Vancouver was third in the 400-m IM and on Thursday Sydney Pickrem was third in the 200-m IM.
Canada has fielded a 28-member team for these championships held every two years.
Competition ends Saturday.
Full results, schedule and start lists at: http://dubai2013.coloradotime.com/