Sept 28,2014(ISN) – MEXICO CITY – Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., and Canada’s men’s 4X200-m freestyle relay each won a gold medal on Saturday in swimming action at the Pan American Sports Festival.
Canadian swimmers made four more trips to the podium for a total of eight medals after two days of competition.
In the women’s 200-m backstroke, Masse led Canada to a 1-2 finish clocking two minutes and 20.25 seconds with Annika Grewal of Oakville, Ont., second in 2:22.83. Maria Paula Rodriguez Lamprea of Colombia was third in 2:22.92.
“I worked on the start and break-out in warm-up and was able to execute those well in the final,” said Masse, also second in the 200-m butterfly on Friday. “I tried to control the first 100 metres and build towards the last 50.”
In the men’s relay, Canada clocked first in 7:58.74 with Samuel Bélanger of Quebec City, Liam Desjarlais of St-Jerome, Que., Montana Champagne of Ottawa and Gael Chaubet of Longueuil, Que. Brazil was second in 7:59.05 and Argentina third in 8:04.50.
“Our objective was to win the gold medal,” said Chaubet. “I was very comfortable being in the anchor position but it definitely got exciting at the end.”
Chaubet added a bronze in the men’s 200-m freestyle clocking 1:55.89 for his third medal of the competition. Christian Delgado of Venezuela took gold in 1:54.31 and Matias Pinto of Chile was second in 1:55.17. Desjarlais was fourth in 1:56.39.
Champagne was fourth in the 200-m breaststroke and Frederique Cigna of Montreal sixth in women’s 200-m freestyle.
Swimming Canada has fielded an eight-member 19 and under developmental squad for the event.
Competition continues through to Tuesday.