Canadian record for Erica Morningstar at junior international meet

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PORTLAND, Oregon – Erica Morningstar of Calgary broke the Canadian record in the women’s 50-metre freestyle on Saturday at the Paul Bergen Junior International Championships short course swimming competition.

Morningstar clocked 24.84 seconds to eclipse the previous national mark of 25.03 set by Laura Nicholls of Toronto in 2004. Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., was second in 25.75 and Lisa Vitting of Germany third in 26.05.

“I was aiming for the record, it’s been a big goal to go under 25 seconds,” said Morningstar. “It’s really good for the confidence and it will help me get out faster in the 100 freestyle as well. I was pleased with all aspects of my race tonight especially the start and my turn.”

Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., earned her third gold medal leading Canada to a medal sweep in the women’s 400 freestyle in 4:06.84. Barbara Jardin of Montreal was second and Breanna Hendriks of Calgary third.

It was also a Canadian medal sweep in the women’s 200 backstroke with Gabrielle Soucisse of Beaconsfield taking the gold in 2:07.28 with Jardin second and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., third.

Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., took gold in the women’s 100 breaststroke with Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse third.

Jonathan Blouin of Quebec City won the men’s 50 butterfly in 24.33 with Andy Townsend of Toronto third. Blouin also added a bronze in the 200 backstroke.

Other silver medallists were Vanessa Charron of Quebec City in the women’s 50 fly and Hassan Abdel-Khalik of Toronto in the men’s 400 freestyle.

Other bronze medallists were Charlie Tapp of Langley, B.C., in the men’s 50 freestyle and Michael Cai of New Westminster, B.C., in the men’s 100 breaststroke.

Competition ends Sunday.

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