Jennifer Carroll advances to final at world short course swimming championships

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MANCHESTER, England – Jennifer Carroll of Montreal advanced to the final in the women’s 50-metre backstroke on Saturday at the world short course swimming championships which featured three more world records to bring the week’s total to 12.

In the women’s 50 backstroke, Carroll clocked 27.54 seconds for the third fastest time in the morning preliminaries then the seventh fastest in the evenikng semifinal in 27.53.

It was her fastest time in five years.

She won the gold medal in the event at the 2002 short course worlds and holds the Canadian record at 27.26 set in 2002.

“It was an O.K. performance,” said Carroll. “There are a couple of technical things I can improve upon which will allow me to swim faster in the final. I’d like to get closer to the Canadian record.”

Sanja Jovanovic of Croatia is the top-seed for Sunday’s finial clocking a championship record 26.71 in the semis. Chang Gao qualified second in 27.06 and Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe third in 27.13. Hanna Kubas of Calgary was eliminated in the semis taking 16th place.

Later Saturday, Coventry broke the oldest short course world record in the books winning the 200 individual medley in 2:06.13. The previous mark was 2:07.79 held by American Allison Wagner since 1993.

Ryan Lochte of the U.S., bettered the world mark in the 100 IM clocking 51.25 in the semifinal while the Netherlands broke their own world record in the women’s 4X100 freestyle relay.

Carroll and Kubas were also 20th and 29th in the women’s 50 freestyle and Callum Ng of Calgary was 22nd in the 100 IM.

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