Canada wins bronze in womens 4X100 relay at world junior swimming championships

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MONTERREY, Mexico – Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., capped a busy evening by helping Canada win a bronze medal in the women’s 4X100 freestyle relay on Saturday at the world junior swimming championships.

It was Canada’s fifth bronze of the competition.

The 16-year-old Riordan also placed seventh in the women’s 50 backstroke final and started the evening off clocking the second fastest time overall in the 50 freestyle semifinal.

The U.S., took the gold in 3:43.54, Germany was second at 3:46.63 and the Canadians with Riordan leading off, Hillary Bell and Paige Schultz, both of Toronto, and Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse followed in 3:47.30.

“It was a great time for us,” said Riordan. “All of us did a better time than in the prelims. Our goal was to get the medal after we finished second in the prelims.”

In the women’s 50 backstroke final, Tess Simpson of Cornwall just fell short of earning a second bronze finishing fourth in 29.61. Grace Loh of Australia won the gold in 28.83, Etienne Medeiros of Brazil was second in 29.44 and Elizabeth Pelton of the U.S., third in 29.45. Riordan was seventh in 29.91.

In semifinal action, Riordan ranked second in the women’s 50 freestyle clocking 25.94 seconds just 0.03 seconds off the days fastest time and a half second off the Canadian senior record to advance to Sunday’s final.

“I think I can take more time off in the final,” said Riordan, who bettered her personal best by 0.03 seconds. ‘’My arm movement technique can be better.’’

In the women’s 100 butterfly semifinal Kendra Chernoff of Saskatoon and Vanessa Charron of Quebec City ranked seventh and eighth to grab the last two spots for Sunday’s final

Full results at: http://www.resultadosfmn.org.mx/CMJ2008/

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