BERLIN – Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal broke her second world record in two days on Friday at the German Open competition for swimmers with a disability.
Canada has fielded its 20-member Paralympic Games team for the competition. The Games are this September in Beijing.
In the women’s 200 freestyle, Grand’Maison clocked two minutes and 09.26 seconds which smashed her previous world standard of 2:12.46 in the S13 class for the visually impaired set here last year.
“This is beyond my expectations,” said Grand’Maison who lowered the 800 freestyle mark on Thursday. “The 200 freestyle wasn’t improving as fast as my other events so I knew I needed a different approach. I started off much faster and had my fastest split ever. I was able to maintain my rhythm and my technique was strong until the end.”
Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., ranked fifth in the race and Darda Sales of London, Ont., sixth.
Stephanie Dixon of Victoria added a bronze in the women’s 50 backstroke while Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver set a Pan Am and Canadian record in the men’s 50 back for the S11 category and ranked 10th overall.
In the junior rankings, 14-year-old Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., the youngest Paralympic Canadian swim team member, earned the bronze in the women’s 200 freestyle clocking a Pan Am and Canadian record 2:47.80 for the S11 class. Brianna Nelson of Victoria was seventh and Katarina Roxon of Corner Brook, N.L., eighth.
Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., ranked fifth as a junior in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 freestyle clocking Pan Am and Canadian record times for the S8 class in both races.
“My 200 freestyle was a really good swim and I held it together until the end,” said Christensen. “This meet has been a good opportunity to see our European opponents and they are swimming fast. Three guys ranked behind me beat me today so I’m really motivated for the next batch of training leading up to the Games.”
Brittany Gray of Barrie, Ont., was seventh in the junior women’s 100 fly with Roxon eighth and Gray was also seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Competition continues through to Sunday.
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