Thomas bests own national record in near miss

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ISTANBUL – It was a night of near misses for Canada at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Friday in Istanbul.

Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., shaved her own national record down to 25.60 in the 50-metre butterfly finals, but fell just 0.05 seconds outside the medals. The 16-year-old was still pleased with her fourth-place finish at her first ever senior international meet.

“It was really interesting, my first final at my first senior international competition. It was good, I’m happy with a best time,” Thomas said. “Obviously 0.05, it’s so close to get a medal for Canada but it’s a learning experience.”
Oakville, Ont., native Tera Van Beilen also swam for Canada in the evening session, finishing just 0.06 away from qualifying for finals in women’s 100-m breaststroke. Van Beilen took ninth in the event with a time of 1:06.24 in the semifinals.

“It was fun to race with those girls, they’ve got good speed. It’s something I need to work a little harder on,” the 2012 Olympian said. “I didn’t quite make it to the finals but it was a good experience and I’m happy overall.”
Van Beilen improved on her heat time of 1:06.74, which advanced her to the semifinals in 11th

Toronto’s Martha McCabe finished just outside the semis in 19th at 1:07.12 in the heats. McCabe, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 world championships and finished fifth in the 2012 Olympics in 200-m breaststroke, will swim in that event Sunday.

Canada narrowly missed qualifying for another final as the women’s 4×100-m medley relay time of 3:57.49 came up 0.13 short. The team of Chantal van Landeghem, Van Beilen, Thomas and Heather MacLean had to settle for ninth place.

The three near misses added up to less than a quarter-second, highlighting the narrow margins that can make a world of difference in the pool.

“I think we just have a pretty young team overall, so I think the more experience and the more exposure we get to these kind of meets, the better we’re going to be in the future,” Van Beilen said. “These misses and not (swimming) as fast as we want to just keeps getting us motivated to train harder, race harder and perform better when it’s needed the most.”

Canada has 13 swimmers competing at the world short-course championships, which run through Sunday.

The biggest headline from Friday’s action was American Ryan Lochte’s world-record swim of 1:49.63 in the men’s 200-m individual medley.

Live meet results are available at http://www.omegatiming.com. Swimming Canada has also created a list of team members using Twitter during the meet at www.twitter.com/SwimmingCanada/Istanbul2012

Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., won his heat in 50-m backstroke with a time of 25.11, good for 31st place overall. He also swam the 200-m IM in a personal best time of 1:58.45, finishing 24th in that event.

Drumheller, Alta., native Andrew Poznikoff also had a personal best on the day, swimming the men’s 200-m breaststroke in 2:10.06 for 18th place. Warren Barnes of Pickering, Ont., came 21st at 2:10.63.

In men’s 50-m butterfly, Barrie, Ont., native Coleman Allen ended up 33rd with a time of 24.08, while Tommy Gossland of Nanaimo, B.C., was 42nd at 24.45.

Heather MacLean went 4:12.99 in the women’s 400-m freestyle, finishing 23rd.

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