Kisser leads Canadian charge to finals at IPC Worlds

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MONTREAL – Danielle Kisser of Delta, B.C., lowered her Canadian record in the S6 disability category 100-m breaststroke and will be one of eight Canadians in Tuesday evening finals at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Kisser clocked the third fastest time in Tuesday’s preliminaries finishing in 1:47.92 which eclipsed the 1:48.20 she swam earlier this year at the Can Am Championships.

Also advancing on the women’s side for Canada are Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., with fourth in the S9 200-m IM prelims, Andrea Schmidt of Winnipeg with fifth in the S13 100-m breaststroke and Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., with seventh.  Roxon and Bérubé both smashed personal best times.

Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., also race Tuesday night in the S10 400-m freestyle and S7 100-m breaststroke respectively.

For the men, Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., qualified third in the S10 400-m  freestyle and Danial Murphy of Halifax qualified seventh in the S5 200-m freestyle.

The event has attracted 480 swimmers from 55 countries and is the biggest gathering of para swimmers since London 2012. Competition continues through to Sunday at Parc Jean-Drapeau with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Sportsnet One will be airing a 30-minute highlights package featuring Canada’s top performances in the pool. The shows will air at 11 p.m. ET from Tuesday through Monday, with the exception of Saturday (11:30pm EST). TVA Sports will be presenting a daily show in French on its airwaves at 10 a.m. with an encore presentation at 2:30 p.m., from Tuesday through Monday.

Full results, schedule and start lists at: http://www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results

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