Jennifer Carroll seventh at world short course swimming championships

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MANCHESTER, England – Jennifer Carroll of Montreal posted Canada’s best result at the world short course swimming championships on Sunday with a seventh place finish in the women’s 50-metre backstroke to conclude the five-day event.

Sanja Jovanovic of Croatia broke her world record clocking 26.37 seconds which eclipsed her 26.50 standard set this past December in Hungary. Chang Gao of China was second in 26.70 and Kateryna Zubkoa of Ukraine was third in 26.81.

Carroll, the 2002 world champion in the event, was seventh in 27.37. She had the third fastest reaction time off the start.

Jovanovic was one of five swimmers on the day to break a world record to bring the week total to 17. The swimmers here are using the revolutionary LZR Racer swimsuit which helped produced 19 world records in the long course pool prior to these championships.

Also breaking world records Sunday were Ryan Lochte of the U.S., in the 100 IM, Markus Rogan of Austria in the 200 backstroke, Felicity Galvez of Australia in the 100 butterfly and Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands in the women’s 50 freestyle.

Canada fielded a small three-member team for the competition with Callum Ng and Hanna Kubas, both of Calgary, the other members. The CN Swimming Trials Olympic selection competition for Canada had just concluded last Sunday.

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