ISTANBUL – Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., has another Canadian record and will have another shot at winning a medal for Canada at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
The 16-year-old, swimming in her first senior international competition, swam a 56.64 in the women’s 100-m butterfly semifinal, setting a new Canadian mark for the third straight day. She qualified in second spot for Sunday’s final, set for 12:49 p.m.
“I’m really excited to see when I’m in the finals under more pressure to see if I can out-touch a couple people instead of being out-touched myself,” Thomas said.
Thomas broke her own Canadian record while falling just 0.05 short of a bronze medal in the 50-m butterfly on Friday. She is using that near-miss as motivation for another medal try Sunday.
“It’s more fuel to the fire I guess,” she said. “I’m not going to put any more pressure on myself. I’ve already gotten a best time, so just to improve my time would be good, and a medal would be even better.”
Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., also qualified for the semifinals with a time of 58.01, but had to settle for 13th after swimming a 58.13 in the semis.
Canada had two other semifinalists on the fourth day of the world short-course championships, which wrap up Sunday.
Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., came 11th in the men’s 100-m individual medley. Tapp touched the wall at 53.67, bettering his heat time of 54.06.
Winnipeg’s Chantal van Landeghem finished 12th in the 50-m freestyle with a time of 24.81, improving on her heat time of 24.97.
Barrie, Ont., native Coleman Allen also swam the 100-m IM for Canada, setting a personal best (55.40) on the way to a 26th-place finish.
Andrew Poznikoff of Drumheller, Alta., had a personal best in the morning as well, swimming the men’s 50-m breaststroke in 27.56 to tie for 27th. Warren Barnes of Pickering, Ont., placed 40th at 28.10.
Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., was Canada’s other representative in the women’s 50 free, placing 33rd at 25.78.
Edmonton native Luke Peddie was 34th in the 100-m freestyle heats with a personal best of 49.04. Tommy Gossland of Nanaimo, B.C., appeared to have a shot at the semifinals, but was disqualified for a false start.
The women’s 4×100-m freestyle relay team of van Landeghem, MacLean, Thomas and Savard swam a 3:40.79, leaving them just outside the finals in ninth place.