Lavallière on fast forward for 2014 Can-Am Championships


(ISN) – EDMONTON – Jean-Michel Lavallière of Quebec City broke a Canadian record and set two personal bests on Friday, one of many highlights for Canadian para-swimmers at the 2014 Can-Am Championships being held this weekend at the Kinsmen Sports Centre.

Lavallière lowered his Canadian record in the men’s S7 disability category 100-m butterfly clocking 1:15.62 which smashed his previous best of 1:18.40 set at the Can-Am meet this past March in Miami. He also won the gold in the 400-m freestyle in 5:32.12.

”I’ve had a great season of training so far,” said Lavallière, 23, who is paralyzed on the left side of his body. ”I have more control in the water and I’m not all over the place. My stroke rate is consistent and I’m applying the proper technique.”

Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., took five seconds off her Canadian mark in the S8 200-m breaststroke for the victory in 3:01.70.

”I was a bit surprised to get that time because I had just finished warming down from my previous race,” said Roxon, 21, a Commonwealth Games team member this summer. ”I still had a lot of adrenaline.”

Other Canadian marks were set by Tessa Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., in the women’s S7 200-m breaststroke and Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the S14 in the men’s S14 200-m breaststroke.

Competition continues through to Sunday with preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Note: Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., the Team Aquatic Supplies Male Para-Swimmer of the Year is not competing this weekend due to injury.