Women’s relay put golden touch on strong Canadian performances

Sept 30,2014(ISN) – MEXICO CITY – Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., anchored the women’s 4X100-m medley relay to the gold medal on Tuesday to cap a successful Canadian swimming team performance at the Pan American Sports Festival.

The eight-member 19 and under Canadian developmental squad finished the competition with 21 medals (five gold, 10 silver and six bronze.)

”This event had all the challenges you wanted at an early season event,” said Swimming Canada’s national development coach Ken McKinnon. ”It was at altitude (2,250 metres above sea-level), long course and we weren’t even in October yet.

”We combined this meet with early-season training so it wasn’t easy but this young group did a really good job.”

In the relay, Canada won decisively in four minutes and 21.56 second with Annika Grewal of Oakville, Ont., Charlotte Philpotts of North Vancouver, Frederique Cigna of Montreal and Masse. Colombia was second in 4:29.54 and Argentina third in 4:29.69.

Masse added a silver in the 200-m individual medley clocking 2:22.25 finishing behind Gabrielle Roncatto. Grewal was fifth. Masse finished the competition with eight medals and Philpotts seven.

Montana Champagne of Ottawa collected Canada’s other medal placing third in the men’s 200-m individual medley.