Medal bonanza continues for Canada

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PASADENA, Calif. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., lowered the Canadian record in the S10 100-m freestyle on Friday for a silver medal to highlight another productive day for Canadian Para-swimmers at the Para Pan Pac Championships.

Canada won five silver and six bronze medals for a three-day total of 3-15-17.

In the men’s S10 100-m freestyle, Phelipe Rodrigues of Brazil was the victor in 52.13 seconds.

Stein, a double medallist on Thursday, followed in 52.86 to eclipse the previous national mark of 53.22 set by Benoit Huot in 2012 and Ian Silverman of the U.S. was third in 53.29.

‘’I really wanted to establish my speed from the onset,’’ said Stein, a 2012 Paralympic Games team member. ‘’Rodrigues went out fast. I tried to reel him in at the end but ran out of pool. I wanted the gold but I’m pleased with the time.’’

Also in the 100 freestyle, Jean-Michel Lavalliere of Quebec City added silver in the S7 and Dalton Boon of Delta, B.C., bronze in the S14 in a Canadian record 57.34..

In the men’s S5 50-m backstroke Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., with a Canadian record, and Danial Murphy of Bedford, N.S., were second and third as were Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Adam Rahier of Powell River, B.C., in the men’s S14 100-m breaststroke.

Also in the 100-m breaststroke, Cameron MacDonald of Winnipeg and Alec Elliott of Waterloo, Ont., added bronze medals in the S4 and S9 categories.

‘’The breaststroke isn’t my best event but I knew it was a potential medal event for me,’’ said Elliot, who is making his international debut. ‘’I was nervous about competing here initially but I’m gaining more and more confidence with every race.’’

Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur Richelieu took silver in the women’s S10 100-m backstroke then helped Canada to bronze in the 4X100-m medley relay with Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., Katarina Roxon of St. John’s N.L., and Morgan Bird of Calgary.

Bérubé amd Murphy also lowered the Canadian records in the women’s S8 100-m backstroke and men’s S5 100-m freestyle.

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.

Full team list https://www.swimming.ca/2014ParaPanPacificChampionships

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