Stein, Rivard lead charge at Para Pan Pacific Championships


PASADENA, Calif. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., won gold and bronze and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., added her second victory in two days on Thursday at the Para Pan Pacific Para-swimming championships.

The Canadian team collected two gold, six silver and five bronze on day two of competition along with five more national records to bring its total to 3-10-11.

In the men’s S10 100-m butterfly, Stein smashed the Canadian record held by Benoit Huot clocking 57.77 seconds. Alec Elliot of Waterloo, Ont., a national team rookie, also went under the old 58.91 mark for silver in 57.98 while Ian Silverman of the U.S. was third in 58.19.

Stein missed the world championships in Montreal last year due to knee and shoulder injuries.

‘’I wanted to come back with a vengeance,’’ said Stein, a silver medallist in the 50-m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics. ‘’Missing the worlds at home last year certainly put a chip on my shoulder. It was a super tough recovery but I’m in better shape than ever.’’

Canada collected five medals in the 100-m butterfly races. Adam Rahier of Powell River, B.C., and Michael Qing of Regina were second and third in the S14 race and Nicholas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City third in the S13.

In the 50-m freestyle, Stein added a bronze, Jean-Michel Lavalliere of Quebec City took silver in the S7 and Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur Richelieu, with a Canadian record, and Dalton Boon of Delta, B.C., won silver and bronze in the S14. Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., was fourth in the S5 in Canadian record time.

Rivard showed no mercy for her opponents winning the women’s S10 400-m freestyle by more than 10 seconds. She also placed first in the 50-m freestyle Wednesday.

‘’That was my fastest time since the Paralympic Games,’’ said Rivard, 18, a quintuple medallist at the world championships last year. ‘’I’m a racer and I think the circumstances today made it tough for me to get my best time.’’

Brianna Nelson of Victoria was second in the women’s S7 50-m butterfly while in the men’s 200-m freestyle, Boon notched silver in a Canadian record in S14 and Danial Murphy of Bedford, N.S., also lowered the national mark for bronze in the S5.

‘’The hard work has really paid off,’’ said Murphy. ‘’I have two Canadian records and I’m feeling really good out there. My turns have improved a lot and that’s allowed me to get the speed I need.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday. The preliminaries are at 9: 30 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) each day.

Results available on Meet Mobile app.

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