TORONTO – Julia Smit of the U.S., broke the short course world record in the women’s 400-metre individual medley on Friday at the Canada Cup swimming competition being held this weekend at the Etobicoke Swim Club.

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Olympian Annamay Pierse of Vancouver and Jennifer Carroll of Montreal each bettered their national short course records.

Smit, who races for Stanford University in California, clocked four minutes and 25.87 seconds to eclipse the previous mark of 4:26.52 set by Kristy Coventry of Zimbabwe set on April 9 this year. Smit’s Stanford teammate Liz Smith was second in 4:34.62 and Tanya Hunks of Vancouver third in 4:40.78.

‘’After my swim in the prelims I knew there was a possibility for the world record but it’s still a surprise,’’ said Smit, 20, who won two relay medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing. ‘’I got a real boost from the crowd in the second half of the race and I finished the breaststroke and freestyle legs really well. With my success at the Olympics I started this season with a lot of confidence.’’

Pierse broke her Canadian short course record in the women’s 100 breaststroke clocking 1:06.23. That eclipsed her previous best of 1:07.12 set this past February. Pierse finished second in Friday’s race to Tara Kirk of the U.S., who won in 1:05.52.

“It’s.a good start for the 2009 season,’’ said Pierse, who is coached by Jozseph Nagy. ‘’I’m really having fun here.’’

In the women’s 50 butterfly, Carroll broke her Canadian record clocking second in 26.52 which bettered her 26.65 swam this past April. Elaine Breeden of the U.S., won the race in 25.89.

Erica Morningstar of Calgary won the gold medal in the women’s 100 freestyle clocking 53.32.

Winners in men’s competition were: Nicolas Murray of Quebec City in the 50 butterfly, Scott Dickens of Vancouver in the 100 breaststroke, Joel Greenshields of Airdrie, Alta., in the 100 freestyle, Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 200 backstroke setting a new Canadian age group record, Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., in the 400 IM and Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Etobicoke in the 800 freestyle.

Abdel-Khalik set Canadian age group records in both his 800 freestyle win and in his second place finish in the 100 freestyle.

‘’I had a great start in the 800 and was able to take a good lead,’’ said Abdel-Khalik, who is coached by Kevin Thornburn. ‘’I had a bit a trouble in the middle part but was able to stay in the race and go for that record. I’m very happy with where I am right now.”

Etobicoke Swim also set an age group record in the women’s 4X100 freestyle relay.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

Friday’s results at the Canada Cup short course swimming competition in Toronto:


50 butterfly: 1. Nicolas Murray, Quebec City, 24.04; 2. (tie) Joe Bartoch, London, Ont., and Joel Greenshields, Airdrie, Alta., 24.11

100 breaststroke: 1. Scott Dickens, Vancouver, 1:00.01; 2. Warren Barnes, Scarborough, Ont., 1:00.59; 3. MinkWang Shu, Toronto, 1:00.74.

100 freestyle: 1. Joel Greenshields, Airdrie, Alta., 47.52; 2. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Etobicoke, Ont., 49.31; 3. Brian Johns, Vancouver, 49.64.

200 backstroke: 1. Matthew Swanston, Newmarket, Ont., 1:55.47; 2. Pascal Wollach, Calgary, 1:55.96; 3. Jonathan Blouin, Quebec City, 1:57.49.

400 individual medley: 1. Andrew Ford, Guelph, Ont., 4:15.53; 2. Jordan Hartney, Vancouver, 4:16.23; 3. Tim Ruse, Pointe-Claire, Que., 4:16.77.

800 freestyle: 1. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Etobicoke, Ont., 7:54.13; 2. David Creel, Victoria, 8:04.45; 3. Scott Jessett, Scarborough, Ont., 8:06.89.

4X100 freestyle: 1. UBC Dolphins, Vancouver, 3:19.37; 2. University of Calgary, 3:20.85; 3. Laval Rouge et Or, Quebec City, 3:22.83.


50 butterfly: 1. Elaine Breeden, U.S., 25.89; 2. Jennifer Carroll, Montreal, 26.52; 3. Sam Woodward, U.S., 26.65.

100 breaststroke: 1. Tara Kirk, U.S., 1:05.52; 2. Annamay Pierse, Vancouver, 1:06.23; 3. Ashley McGregor, Pointe-Claire, Que., 1:08.48.

100 freestyle: 1. Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 53.32; 2. Sam Woodward, U.S., 54.52; 3. Elaine Breeden, U.S., 54.87.

200 backstroke: 1. Laura Wadden, U.S., 2:07.93; 2. Geneviève Cantin, Quebec City, 2:08.41; 3. Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont., 2:08.59.

400 individual medley: 1. Julia Smit, U.S., 4:25.87 (world recordd, previous mark 4:26.52 set by Kristy Coventry, Zimbabwe in 2008); 2. Liz Smith, U.S., 4:34.62; 3. Tanya Hunks,, Vancouver, 4:40.78.

1,500 freestyle: 1. Jessica Rodriguez, U.S., 16:20.33; 2. Zsofi Balazs, Toronto, 16:20.83; 3. Tara Ivanitz, Vancouver, 16:42.38.

4X100 freestyle relay: 1. Standford, U.S., 3:35.47; 2. University of Calgary, 3:43.05; 3. Etobicoke Swim, 3:43.89.