DUBAI, UAE – Evan White of Oakville, Ont., placed fifth in the men’s 200-m individual medley and lowered his national age group record for Canada’s top showing on Tuesday at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

Joseph Bentz of the U.S. won the race in a meet record 1:59.44, Semen Makovich of Russia was second in 1:59.50 and Keita Sunama of Japan third in 1:59.74.

White, 17, clocked 2:00.31 to better his previous 15-17 Canadian age group record of 2:01.15 set last month at the national championships.  His most impressive stroke in the race was his breaststroke in which he climbed into second spot but couldn’t sustain the position on the last freestyle length.

‘’This was another big step for me,’’ said White.  ‘’I’m really improving every time out and today was a heck of a close race.  I know I have it in me to go faster in the future.’’

Other finalists: Antoine Bujold of Montreal was eighth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke with a personal best 1:02.39;13-year-old Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., was eighth in the women’s 200-m butterfly; Kennedy Goss of Toronto eighth in the women’s 100-m backstroke and Alexandra Aitchison, a Canadian who resides in Clearwater, Florida, was ninth in the women’s 800-m freestyle.

‘’I’m really pleased with my performance,’’ said Bujold, 18.  ‘’I felt pretty stressed about being in this race but I had fun as well.  It was a great experience.  The big improvements I need to make is on the start and turns, that’s where I get beaten right now.’’

In the women’s 100-m freestyle semifinal Paige Kremer of Edmonton was 14th overall and did not advance.

Canada has fielded a 28-member team for these championships held every two years.

Competition continues until Saturday.

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