GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Canada won its first medal at the Gwangju Summer Universiade on Monday, when divers Celina Toth and Carol-Ann Ware claimed gold at the 10m platform synchronized event.

Ranked third after the first round of five, the Canadians rattled off three fantastic dives to move comfortably into first place. The pair won the gold by a margin of 15.42 points. South Korea took second place while China rounded out the podium.

“I was very nervous at the beginning,” admits Toth, a native of Victoria, B.C. “Our coaches kept telling us that we had a chance. We took it a dive at a time and our confidence grew.”

“I am amazed and still in shock,” said Montrealer Carol-Ann Ware (University of Concordia). “We worked very hard to earn this medal. Despite the long day yesterday, we concentrated on this competition and we knew that we could do better.”

Toth finished just off the podium in the individual 10-metre event on Sunday. Ware followed in sixth.

The Canadian women’s soccer team completed the preliminary round with a clean record of three wins in as many games, defeating the USA by a score of 2-0 Monday at the Boseong Public Stadium.

It is the first time in the history of the competition that Canada concludes the group stage of the Universiade with three wins. The team will now try to bring their momentum into the knockout round and improve the maple leaf’s best performance at the FISU Games. Team Canada finished fifth three times, in 1993 in Buffalo, in 2005 in Izmir, Turkey, and in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.

The red and white will now face the Czech Republic in the knockout stage. The Czechs finished second in Group A with a 1-1-1 record.

In a decisive game, the Canadian women’s volleyball team earned a 3-2 win (19-25, 25-14, 27-25, 20-25, 15-8) over Thailand. It was the final match of the preliminary round and the win elevated Canada to second place in Group D which advances the squad through to the next round.

Sophie Carpentier (Trinity Western University) scored 14 kills, one block, and two aces for a total of 17 points. Meg Casault (University of Alberta), was also a factor with 16 points including 13 kills and three blocks.

In the quarterfinal Canada will face Russia. Russia finished first in group B. That match will take place on Wednesday.

Canada had to grind out a win over a scrappy Montenegro squad, and relied on centre Chris McLaughlin (University of Victoria) down the stretch to pull out a 66-63 victory in the men’s basketball tournament on Monday.

The win moves Canada’s record to 3-0 with two preliminary round games remaining. Baker led Canada with 21 points and six rebounds, and it was his aggressive takes to the rim that kept the Canucks alive after Montenegro overcame a 22-8 deficit and swarmed the Canadians with a zone defense. Canada will continue preliminary play with a game against Mongolia (0-3) on July 8 after enjoying a day off on Tuesday.

Canada took an early lead and never looked back in an 11-5 win over China in women’s water polo action on Monday morning. The victory gives Canada a 3-0 record in Group A with one preliminary match remaining.

The Canadians continued their strong defence which has allowed only 21 goals thus far in the tournament and held China (1-3) to its lowest output in four games. Canada will meet Japan tomorrow to determine the final preliminary standings.

The Canadian women’s basketball team easily defeated the host country of Korea 94-42 in their second game of the preliminary round. The Canadians led a balanced attack with each member of the roster getting on the scoresheet.

Regina, Saskatchewan native Quinn Dornstauder led the attack with the games only double-double, registering 16 points and 11 rebounds. Adut Bulgak, a native of Edmonton, Alb., also contributed 16 points while Dakota Whyte of Ajax, Ont., and CIS female athlete of the year Korissa Williams had 11 points apiece.

Canada will finish preliminary competition when they face Mozambique Tuesday. A win will place the team in first place in the pool and guarantee them a spot in the medal round.

The Canadian men’s volleyball team put their best foot forward Monday giving the three-time defending Universiade champions from Russia their toughest competition of the tournament to date. Although Canada had its best game of the competition, the Russians prevailed by 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-22).

Georgetown, Ont. Native Brandon Koppers led the Canadians with 16 kills, while Ryan Nickifor had nine. Canada lost its three games so far and is excluded from the medal round. They will close out pool play on Tuesday when they face Switzerland (0-3) on Tuesday.

In swimming, Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont. had the best Canadian performance of the day by turning in a time of 1:00.26 in the semi-final of the 100m backstroke, allowing her to move on to the final on Tuesday. Her teammate Marie-Pier Couillard of Levis, Que. also participated in this semi-final, but her seventh-place finish was not enough to advance.

In the women’s 200m individual medley, Barbara Jardin of Montreal, Que. was able to advance to the semi-final with a time of 2:16.21 in the preliminaries. However, she was not able to continue her journey to the final.

On the badminton court, the Canadian team of Caroline Beauregard, Philippe Charron, Alexis Gohier-Drolet, Stéphanie Pakenham, Maxime Marin, Philippe Gaumond, Tracy Wong, and Vicky Girard defeated Botswana 5-0 in the mixed team event. They will play Germany in their second Group G game Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET (Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Gwangju).

At the Chungju International Rowing Center, Canada had eight races including two A finals. The women’s coxless four crew of Chloe DesRoche, (Calgary, Alta.), Catherine Multari (LaSalle, Ont.), Elizabeth McConnell (St. Albert, Alta.), and Jessie Loutit (Yellowknife, N.W.T) turned in the top performance of the day, finishing fourth. The crew came on strong at the finish to overtake Italy and Australia, but missed the bronze medal by four seconds. Ontarians Katherine Walker (Hamilton) and Alexandra Stefanovski (London) finished sixth in the women’s lightweight double skulls.

In tennis, Alexander Day of Vancouver, B.C., won his second round match in the men’s singles tournament by a score of 6-3, 6-3 over Sebastian Lopez of Colombia. He will then face Patrick Ofner from Austria in the next round.

On the women’s side, Louise Kwong of Toronto, Ont., loss her second round encounter 6-3, 6-2 against ninth-seeded Justyna Jegiolka of Poland. Kwong was back on the court later on with her teammate Evangeline Repic of Oakville, Ont. The Canadian pair fell 6-1, 6-0 to top seed Hsu Chieh-yu and Lee Ya-hsuan from Chinese Taipei.

Table tennis competition began with the men’s team competition, where Canada faced Argentina and the USA. Against Argentina, Lester Lee of West Vancouver, B.C. (University of Michigan) took his opponent to five sets before faltering 11-7 in the final frame. Argentina won the contest 3-0 but Canada regrouped to defeat the Americans 3-0 in the afternoon. Max Xia (McMaster University) clinched the win with a 3-2 score. Canada will face Russia Tuesday.

In fencing, Hans Wolfgramm of Toronto, Ont., did not pass through the preliminary phase in the men’s foil event. He finished the day with a 0-5 record.

In shooting, both Canadians were eliminated after the second qualification round of the women’s 25-metre pistol event. Christie MacLennan (University of Toronto) finished 43rd overall while teammate Kelsey Bjorkman (University of Saskatchewan) finished 46th.


Mixed Team – Group G
Canada (Caroline Beauregard, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Philippe Charron, Montreal, Que.; Alexis Gohier-Drolet, Laval, Que.; Stéphanie Pakenham, Quebec City, Que.; Maxime Marin, Montreal, Que.; Philippe Gaumond, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Tracy Wong, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Vicky Girard, Rigaud, Que.) wins 5-0 over Botswana, will play Germany in second Group G game Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET (Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Gwangju).

Canada (3-0) wins 66-63 vs Montenegro (1-2) in third Pool B match, will face Mongolia (0-3) Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. Gwangju).

Canada (2-0) wins 94-42 vs South Korea (1-1) in second Pool A match, will face Mozambique (0-2) Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. ET (5:30 p.m. Gwangju).

Men’s 1m Springboard – Preliminary round
6. Cameron McLean, Winnipeg, Man., 355.30, advances to semi-final.

Men’s 1m Springboard – Semi-final A
1. Cameron McLean, Winnipeg, Man., 356.25, advances to final.

Men’s 1m Springboard – Final
7. Cameron McLean, Winnipeg, Man., 337.90.

Women’s 10m Platform Synchronized – Final
1. Canada (Celina Toth, Victoria, B.C.; Carol-Ann Ware, Montreal, Que.), 297.30.

Men’s Foil – Preliminary Round
Hans Wolfgramm, Toronto, Ont., goes 0-5, does not advance.

Men’s Coxless Pairs – Semi-final 1
5. Canada (Liam McCormick, London, Ont.; Zach Lewis, Ottawa, Ont.), 7:00.66, advances to final B.

Men’s Coxless Pairs – Final B
3. Canada (Liam McCormick, London, Ont.; Zach Lewis, Ottawa, Ont.), 6:53.37.

Women’s Double Sculls – Semi-final 1
4. Canada (Emily Jago, Sudbury, Ont.; Stephanie Mowder, St. Catharines, Ont.), 7:18.04, advances to Final B.

Men’s Double Sculls – Semi-final 2
4. Canada (Mark Alm, Grimsby, Ont,; William Bryden, Charlottetown, PEI), 6:38.44, advances to final B.

Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls – Semi-final 1
5. Julien Pouliot, Boucherville, Que., 7:25.29, advances to final B.

Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four – Final B
2. Canada (Josh King, Ottawa, Ont.; James Potts, Ottawa, Ont.; Taylor Ashwood, Fort Erie, Ont.; Tom Watson, Winnipeg, Man.), 6:13.68.

Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Final A
6. Canada (Katherine Walker, Hamilton, Ont.; Alexandra Stefanovski, London, Ont.), 7:21.61.

Women’s Coxless Four – Final A
4. Canada (Chloe DesRoche, Calgary, Alta; Catherine Multari, LaSalle, Ont.; Elizabeth McConnell, St. Albert, Alta.; Jessie Loutit, Yellowknife, N.W.T.), 6:48.34.

Women’s 25m Pistol – Qualification
43. Christie MacLennan, Oakville, Ont., 531-4x, does not advance; 46. Kelsey Bjorkman, Creston, B.C., 509-3x, does not advance.

Canada (3-0-0) wins 2-0 vs USA (1-2-0) in third Pool D match, will face Czech Republic (1-1-1) in quarterfinal match Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. Gwangju).

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Heat 2
5. Geneviève Cantin, Saguenay, Que., 2:18.64, does not advance.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Heat 3
6. Barbara Jardin, Montreal, Que., 2:16.21, advances to semi-final.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Semi-final 1
6. Barbara Jardin, Montreal, Que., 2:16.43, does not advance.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Heat 6
7. Eli Wall, Ottawa, Ont., 2:14.62, does not advance.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Heat 7
6. James Guest, Baie-d’Urfe, Que., 2:15.42, does not advance.

Women’s 100m Backstroke – Heat 5
5. Kylie Masse, LaSalle, Ont., 1:00.58, advances to semi-final; 3. Marie-Pier Couillard, Levis, Que., 1:01.97, advances to semi-final.

Women’s 100m Backstroke – Semi-final 2
1. Kylie Masse, LaSalle, Ont., 1:00.26, advances to final; 7. Marie-Pier Couillard, Levis, Que., 1:02.46, does not advance.

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Heat 4
6. Jeremie De Zwirek, Mountain View, Calif., 26.74, does not advance.

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Heat 7
4. Jeffrey Swanston, Newmarket, Ont., 26.40, does not advance.

Men’s 400m Freestyle – Heat 5
5. Keegan Zanatta, Victoria, B.C., 3:54.25, does not advance; 6. Jon McKay, Victoria, B.C., 3:54.28, does not advance.

Men’s Team – Group 4
Canada (James Pintea, Ottawa, Ont.; Lester Lee, West Vancouver, B.C.; Jeremy Lau, Vancouver B.C.) loses 3-0 (0-3, 2-3, 0-3) to Argentina (Lucas Bayona, Juan Manuel Daher, Javier Cillis) in first Group 4 match.

Men’s Team – Group 4
Canada (James Pintea, Ottawa, Ont.; Lester Lee, West Vancouver, B.C.; Max Xia, Toronto, Ont.) won 3-0 (3-0, 3-0, 3-2) over USA in second Group 4 match, will play Russia Monday at 11:00 p.m. (Tuesday 12:00 p.m. Gwangju).

Women’s singles – Round 2
Louise Kwong, Toronto, Ont., loses 6-3, 6-2 to (9) Justyna Jegiolka, Poland, does not advance.

Men’s singles – Round 2
Alexander Day, Vancouver, B.C., wins 6-3, 6-3 over Sebastian Lopez, Colombia, will play Patrick Ofner, Austria, in the third round, date and time TBD.

Women’s doubles – Round 2
Canada (Louise Kwong, Toronto, Ont.; Evangeline Repic, Oakville, Ont.) loses 6-1, 6-0 to (1) Chinese Taipei (Hsu Chieh-yu, Lee Ya-hsuan), does not advance.

Canada (0-3) loses 3-0 (13-25, 24-26, 22-25) to Russia (3-0) in third Pool B match, will face Switzerland (0-3) Tuesday at 2:00 am ET (3:00 p.m. Gwangju).

Canada (2-1) wins 3-2 (19-25, 25-14, 27-25, 20-25, 15-8) vs Thailand (2-1) in third Pool D match, will face Russia (3-0) in quarterfinal round Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. Gwangju).

Canada (3-0) wins 11-5 vs China (1-3) in third Pool A match, will face Japan (2-1) Monday at 11:00 p.m. ET (Tuesday 12:00 p.m. Gwangju).