GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Canadian swimmer Samantha Corea came close to the podium on Sunday night, but her time of 26.51 in the 50-metre butterfly put her in fourth position by one tenth of a second on the second day of swimming events at the Summer Universiade in Gwangju.
Corea, a native of Vancouver, B.C., who swims at the University of Denver, was one of two Canadians to swim in a final on Sunday. In the 200-metre backstroke, Barbara Jardin of Montreal, Que., finished fifth with a time of 2 :13.16.
Several other evening performances unfolded at the International Aquatic Centre at Nambu University. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire of Rouyn-Noranda, Qué., and Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., both reached the semi-final in the 100-metre freestyle with preliminary times of 56.40 and 56.52, respectively. Neither swimmer was able to qualify for the final, however.
In the 200-metre individual medley, Tristan Cote of Mississauga, Ont., improved her personal best by more than two seconds with a time of 2 :02.91 which qualified her for the semi-final. He was not able to repeat the feat in the evening, and did not advance to the final.
“We had hoped for a little bit of outcome in the evening but I think generally this morning we moved some kids forward into the top 16, which is our goal,” said head coach Lance Cansdale.
“I feel really good about the team, we knew we were going to be in tough, but there are still opportunities out there in the next five days in the pool and another one in open water. We are going to keep our heads up and keep trying.”
Nine swimmers will be in action in five events on Monday morning as competition continues.