Valérie Grand’Maison ranks first in two races at Paralympic trials

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MONTREAL
(March 31, 2012) – Triple Paralympic champion Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal felt better about her two victories on Saturday than her performance a day earlier at the Paralympic trials for Para swimmers presented by RBC.

Grand’Maison ranked first in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle. The visually impaired swimmer competes in the S13 disability category.

‘’I’m still not satisfied with the times but that’s why I’m here and I keep working hard,’’ she said. ‘’What I’ll remember about tonight is that it was just so much fun. The atmosphere with the sold out crowd was incredible.’’

Jana Murphy of Victoria bettered her national record twice in the S14 100 freestyle clocking 1:28.87 in the prelims then 1:28.15 in the final.

Quadruple world champion Summer Mortimer of Hamilton neared her world record in the S10 100 freestyle finishing in 1:01.42. Her 1:01.17 standard has stood since the 2010 worlds.

Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., gained ground on the 28-year-national mark in the S11 100 freestyle finishing in 1:12.10. Yvette Weiker’s mark still stands at 1:11.52.

‘’It was a good swim but I wanted to crack 1:10,’’ said Thomas. ‘’I’m aiming for the records this season and there are some world records I’m approaching as well.’’

Benoit Huot of Montreal, Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., and Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., were top-three ranked racers in the men’s 100 butterfly.

‘’I would have liked to have gone faster,’’ said Huot. ‘’I’m starting to feel tired but I’m having consistent performances. I’m headed in the right direction and I want to come back strong for the 200 IM tomorrow (Sunday).

Competition ends Sunday at the Olympic Park Sport Centre

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Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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