Canadian Swimmers Off to a Great Start at World Cup Stockholm

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STOCKHOLM – Canadian swimmers had a very successful first day at the Stockholm World Cup. Stockholm is the 5th FINA World Cup in a series that began in mid-October Durban, South Africa and finishes in late November in Belo Horizonte Brazil.

The Canadian team includes:

From Quebec – Chanelle Charron-Watson & Audrey Lacroix
From Ontario – Zsofi Balazs & Hilary Bell

From Alberta – Seanna Mitchell & Chad Murray
From British Columbia – Callum Ng

Coaching Staff: Dave Johnson (CASC); John Grootveld (TSC); Christy Yaremczuk (OAK)

Charron-Watson lead the Canadians with a Bronze Medal win in the 800 free taking over 7 seconds off her previous best time finishing in 8:31.53. Balazs also swam to a lifetime best in the 800 free, placing 4th in a time of 8:40.71. She also raced in the 200 backstroke final finishing 6th with over a 3 second drop in the preliminaries in a time of 2:13.

Callum Ng’s great under-water skill work helped him to a 4th place lifetime best in the 100m backstroke in a time of 53.01.

One of the more experience swimmers on the team, Audrey Lacroix also had a very successful day with a 6th place finish in the 100 fly (58.63) and 20 minutes later a 7th place finish in the 200 free (1:58.35).

The Canadian team is psyched and ready for their second day in Sweden! Following tomorrow’s events, the team will head to Berlin for the next World Cup before heading back to Canada.

There has been one World Cup Record broken so far in Stockholm – Therese Alshammar won Gold in the 50 freestyle in 23.79, missing her own World Record by 2 tenths. For full meet results & web live streaming go to www.fina.org

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