MEXICO CITY – Canada opened the swimming competition at the Pan American Sports Festival Friday with a four medal performance including two podium finishes for Charlotte Philpotts of North Vancouver and Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont.
Philpotts competed in three finals earning silver in the 100-m breaststroke and the 4X100-m freestyle relay and was also fourth in 100-m freestyle.
‘’It’s been awhile since I raced in three finals in one night,’’ said Philpotts, 18. ‘’I’m really pleased with my performances. The conditions are tough here for us with the altitude but the coaches have done a really good job preparing us.’’
Masse took the silver in the 200-m butterfly and anchored the relay to the medal performance.
‘’I felt pretty good,’’ said Masse about her 200-m butterfly performance. ‘’In the preliminaries I struggled somewhat because I went out too early. So I went out much more relaxed in the final and tried to keep it controlled.’’
Brazil took the women’s relay in 3:56.51 with Canada following in 4:00.56 and Venezuela third. Also swimming for Canada were Annika Grewal of Oakville, Ont., and Frederique Cigna of Montreal.
Canada’s fourth medal was a bronze for Gael Chaubet of Longueuil, Que.,in the 100-m freestyle. He clocked 52.55 in the final, a half second from top spot.
‘’It was good race but certainly the time is something that should be better,’’ he said. ‘’I relied a lot on strategy tonight by saving as much energy as possible for the second length.’’
Montana Champagne of Ottawa was seventh in the men’s 200-m butterfly.
Swimming Canada has fielded am eight-member 19 and under developmental squad for the event.
Competition continues through to Tuesday.
Full results on MeetMobile app.