COLLEGE STATION, Maryland – Stephanie Dixon of Victoria won two gold medals for the second straight day with victories Friday in the 200 backstroke and 400-metre freestyle at the Can-Am competition for swimmers with a disability.
Other victors in women’s competition were Amber Thomas of Drayton, Alta., and Kirby Cote of Winnipeg in their respective 200 IM’s while Kirby Stanczak of Windsor and Anne Polinario of Montreal won their 50 freestyle races and Jessica Tuomela took her 50 butterfly.
“I’m very pleased I’ve come straight here after three weeks of camp,” said Polinario. “My confidence is getting better and better everyday. The key for me tonight in the 50 free was the start. That’s my secret weapon in this event.”
For the men, Benoit Huot of Montreal was a double victor taking the 200 IM and 400 freestyle and Brian Hill of Montreal was also a double winner placing first in the 50 freestyle and 50 fly. Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver won his 400 freestyle. Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., won the 200 IM, 400 freestyle and 200 backstroke and was the sole entry in his category.
“The time was not what I expected to see but at this stage of the season I’m happy,” said Tildesley. “I wasn’t fully prepared for this competition and it’s only the third time in my career that I’ve competed at this time of year.”
Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal collected silver medals in the 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 400 freestyle while other silvers went to Tuomela in the 50 freestyle, and Thomas, Catherine Mitchell of Winnipeg, Cynthia Berringer of Mississauga, Ont., and Darda Geiger of London, Ont., in the 50 butterfly. Ronald Tang of Toronto took silver in a men’s 50 fly.
Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C., won bronze in the 200 IM, 200 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Also with bronze were Polinario in the 200 IM and Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish in the 50 freestyle.
Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., was third in his men’s 200 IM and 400 freestyle and Huot added bronze in his 50 freestyle race.
Competition ends Saturday.