Canadian record for Nicolas Murray at Canada Cup

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TORONTO – Nicolas Murray of Quebec City broke a 17-year-old Canadian record to conclude the Canada Cup short course swimming competition.

In the men’s 100-metre individual medley, Murray lowered the second oldest men’s short course national record clocking 54.55 seconds. That eclipsed the 54.80 time set by Darren Ward of Calgary in 1991. Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont.

, was second in 56.29 and Bogdan Knezevic of Etobicoke third in 57.86.

“I have been working really hard to get to this record,’’ said Murray. ‘’My goal this season is to lower my times and get a shot at making the World University team for next summer.”

Other winners in men’s competition were Warren Barnes of Scarborough, Ont., in the 50 breaststroke, Pascal Wollach of Calgary in the 100 backstroke, Joel Greenshields of Airdrie, Alta., in the 200 freestyle, Stefan Hirniak of Victoria in the 200 butterfly and Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., in the 1,500 freestyle.

Barnes was also hoping to get into the record books.

“The race felt great,’’ said Barnes who clocked 27.86. The national record in 27.57 held since 1999 by Morgan Knabe. ‘’I wish I could have lowered that record. That was my goal for this competition but I still have a crack at it in March at the Spring Nationals.”

Wollach is on the rebound from a subpar 2008 season.

‘“Last season didn’t go so well so I decided to take a few months off and get my head together,’’ said Wollach. ‘’I’m really pleased with my times this weekend and I’m very excited about continuing to go faster and make the world championship team.”

Savannah King of Vancouver won the women’s 800 freestyle. Annamay Pierse of Vancouver finished second in the women’s 50 breaststroke in 31.09 just missing her 31.00 national mark set earlier this month at a meet in Calgary. This weekend she beat her national marks in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.

Age group Canadian records were set by Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., in the 100 backstroke and Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Etobicoke in the men’s 200 freestyle. It was Abdel-Khalik fourth age group mark this weekend.

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

MEN

50 breaststroke: 1. Warren Barnes, Scarborough, Ont., 27.86; 2. Chris Tobin, Calgary, 27.94; 3. Minkwang Shu, Toronto, 28.24.

100 backstroke: 1. Pascal Wollach, Calgary, 53.59; 2. Matt Hawes, Vancouver, 54.21; 3. Matthew Swanston, Newmarket, Ont., 54.24.

100 individual medley: 1. Nicolas Murray, Quebec City, 54.55 (Canadian record, previous record 54.80, Darren Ward, Calgary, 1991); 2. Andrew Ford, Guelph, Ont., 56.29; 3. Bogdan Knezevic, Etobicoke, Ont., 57.86.

200 freestyle: 1. Joel Greenshields, Airdrie, Alta., 1:46.09; 2. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Etobicoke, Ont, 1:47.47; 3. Stefan Hirniak, Victoria, 1:47.89.

200 butterfly: 1. Stefan Hirniak, Victoria, 1:57.63; 2. Tim Ruse, Pointe-Claire, Que., 1 :58.57; 3. A. Muralidharan, Toronto, 1:59.45.

1,500 freestyle: 1.. Phiippe Dubreuil, Sherbrooke, Que., 15:21.30; 2. Aimeson King, Etobicoke, Ont., 15:33.65; 3. David Creel, Victoria, 15:34.51.

4X100 medley relay: 1. Toronto Swim Club, 3:39.99; 2. University of Calgary, 3:40.36; 3. Rouge et Or, Quebec City, 3:42.34.

WOMEN

50 breaststroke: 1. Tara Kirk, U.S., 30.61; 2. Annamay Pierse, Vancouver, 31.09 (Canadian record, previous record 31.45, Erica Morningstar, Calgary, 2008); 3. Rebecca Terejko, 31.86.

100 backstroke: 1. Laura Wadden, U.S., 59.94; 2. Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont., 59.98; 3. Betsy Webb, U.S., 1:00.24.

100 individual medley: 1. Julia Smit, U.S., 58.90; 2. Tara Kirk, U.S., 1:01.04; 3. Liz Smith, U.S., 1:01.88.

200 butterfly: 1. Elaine Breeden, U.S., 2:05.84; 2. MacKenzie Downing, Victoria, 2:090.49; 3. Laura Wadden, U.S., 2:09.94.

800 freestyle: 1. Savannah King, Vancouver, 8:33.88; 2. Zsofi Balazs, Toronto, 8:39.69; 3. Lindsay Seeman, Newmarket, Ont., 8:41.45.

4X100 medley relay: 1. Stanford A, U.S., 3:59.03; 2. Stanford B, 4:03.54; 3. Stanford C, 4:08.59.

Martin Richard
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