GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – After divers Celina Toth and Carol-Ann Ware a day ago, it was swimmer Kylie Masse’s turn to reach the top of the podium Tuesday and highlight Canada’s Day 5 at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju.
Seemingly with ease, Masse posted the best time in the preliminary round and then did the same in the semi-final. Her final swim, which clocked in at 59.97 for a personal best, was 14 one-hundredths of a second off the Universiade record. The native of LaSalle, Ont., finished 68 one-hundredths ahead of the second place finisher.
“I planned my race to finish strong in the final 25 metres. I could see splashes beside me but I wasn’t really sure where I was so I just kept going and hoped to touch the wall first. It’s really exciting, especially to represent Canada and wear the Maple Leaf – it’s a great honour,” said Masse.
Canada has won a swimming medal in each of the last six Universiades. In Kazan, Russia in 2013 Canada won five medals in the pool with one gold taken by Katerine Savard in the 100-metre butterfly.
In women’s water polo, Canada clinched first place in Group A on Tuesday, completing the preliminary round with a 15-11 win over Japan (2-2) and a 4-0 record.
“It was definitely an intense game and it was very physical, but we kept our heads and came out with the win,” said Kelly McKee of Calgary, Alta., who was with Team Canada in 2013 at the Kazan Games when the team finished fourth. “We’re excited that we finished first in our pool and it’s giving us confidence going to the next step of the tournament.”
Canada will now play either France (1-2) or Hungary (0-3) in the crossover with Group B when the quarterfinal round begins on July 9.
The Canadian women’s basketball team finished the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record after a 65-44 win over Mozambique. With a first place finish in their pool Canada will now face the Czech Republic in quarterfinal action on Thursday at 6 p.m. Canada faced the Czech Republic twice in their exhibition tour in China prior to coming to Gwangju and defeated them in both contests.
Canada’s rowers achieved two top seven finishes on the final day of competition at Chungju International Rowing Center. The Ottawa-based pair of Matt Christie and Matt Fournier finished sixth in the A final of the men’s lightweight sculls, while Emily Jago (Sudbury, Ont.) and Stephanie Mowder (St. Catharines, Ont.) won the B final in women’s double sculls.
In badminton, after being defeated by Germany during the morning’s preliminary match, Canada had its team tournament finish in relegation with a 3-1 loss to Great Britain. The individual events begin on Friday.
The Canadian men’s volleyball team completed its round robin tournament at the 2015 Universiade losing 3-0 (16-25, 25-27, 22-25) against Switzerland on Tuesday in Gwangju. Brandon Koppers of Georgetown, Ont. was the offensive leader for Canada with 12 kills, two blocks and two aces. Canada will continue the competition on the consolation side of the draw on Friday against an opponent yet to be determined.
The Canadian men’s soccer team met the tournament hosts from South Korea Tuesday and were unable to upset the hometown favourites. Korea dealt Canada its third loss of the preliminary round with a 3-1 score.
Ian Greedy (Cape Breton University) scored his first goal of the tournament 13 minutes into the second half. Canada will now compete on the consolation side of the 16-team tournament, with the next match coming Thursday, July 9 against Russia (1-1-1).
In women’s tennis action, Evangeline Repic of Oakville, Ont. saw her journey end in singles against the competition’s top-seed, Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand. Although the Canadian fought hard, Kumkhum proved to be too much for Repic, who fell by a score of 6-2, 6-1.
On the men’s side, Alexander Day of Vancouver, B.C. was beaten 6-1, 6-3 by the 11th seed Patrick Ofner. The Austrian defeated the Princeton University student in 53 minutes. Day had all kinds of trouble on his serve, Ofner breaking him in six occasions during the match.
In fencing, Canada’s men squad lost in the round of 16 of the sabre team tournament. Against Japan, the Canadians were defeated 45-34. The men’s epee team tournament is set to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. (Tuesday 8 p.m. ET).
In the men’s team table tennis event, Canada was defeated 3-0 by Russia. That gave the Canucks a 1-2 record which was not enough to advance to the next round of the 30-team tournament. Jeremy Lau (Vancouver, B.C.) and Max Xia (Toronto, Ont.) each took their opponent to a tough fourth set before succumbing.
In the opening day of competition for taekwondo, Canada had one athlete representing the red and white. Hyun Ji Lee represented the Canadians in the women’s individual Poomsae event in the third round of the women’s preliminaries, and finished seventh overall in her section. Her overall score of 7.250 did not advance her into the semi-final round.
MONDAY, JULY 7 RESULTS
Mixed Team – Group G
Canada (Caroline Beauregard, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Philippe Charron, Montreal, Que.; Alexis Gohier-Drolet, Laval, Que.; Stéphanie Pakenham, Quebec City, Que.; Philippe Gaumond, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Tracy Wong, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Vicky Girard, Rigaud, Que.; Maxime Tétreault, Drummondville, Que.) loses 4-1 to Germany, goes to consolation round.
Mixed Team – Consolation Quarterfinal
Canada (Caroline Beauregard, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Philippe Charron, Montreal, Que.; Maxime Marin, Montreal, Que.; Stéphanie Pakenham, Quebec City, Que.; Philippe Gaumond, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.; Tracy Wong, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Vicky Girard, Rigaud, Que.; Maxime Tétreault, Drummondville, Que.) loses 3-1 to Great Britain, does not advance.
Canada (3-0) wins 65-44 vs Mozambique (0-3) in third Pool A match, will face Czech Republic (2-1) in quarterfinal Thursday at 5:00 a.m. ET (6:00 p.m. Gwangju).
Men’s Sabre Team – Round of 16
Canada (Cédric Boutet, Rosemere, Que.; Daniel Carleton, Vancouver, B.C.; Julien Hogues, Montreal, Que.), loses 45-34 to Japan, does not advance.
Women’s Double Sculls – Final B
1. Canada (Emily Jago, Sudbury, Ont.; Stephanie Mowder, St. Catharines, Ont.), 7:20.56.
Men’s Double Sculls – Final B
4. Canada (Mark Alm, Grimsby, Ont,; William Bryden, Charlottetown, PEI), 6:41.38.
Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls – Final B
5. Julien Pouliot, Boucherville, Que., 7:28.67.
Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Final A
6. Canada (Matt Christie, Ottawa, Ont.; Matt Fournier, Ottawa, Ont.), 6:30.81.
Canada (0-3-0) loses 3-1 to South Korea (3-0-0) in third Pool A match, will face Russia (1-1-1) in the consolation round Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET (Thursday 11:00 a.m. Gwangju).
Women’s 400m Freestyle – Heat 2
1. Barbara Jardin, Montreal, Que., 4:17.97, advances to final.
Women’s 400m Freestyle – Final
8. Barbara Jardin, Montreal, Que., 4:17.43.
Men’s 100m Freestyle – Heat 4
5. Keegan Zanatta, Victoria, B.C., 52.32, does not advance.
Women’s 100m Butterfly – Heat 4
4. Samantha Corea, Vancouver, B.C., 1:00.47, advances to semi-final.
Women’s 100m Butterfly – Heat 5
Jacomie Strydom, Edmonton, Alta., 1:00.34, advances to semi-final.
Women’s 100m Butterfly – Semi-final 1
4. Samantha Corea, Vancouver, B.C., 59.26, advances to final; 6. Jacomie Strydom, Edmonton, Alta., 59.76, does not advance.
Women’s 100m Backstroke – Final
1. Kylie Masse, LaSalle, Ont., 59.97.
Women’s Individual Poomsae – Preliminary Round
7. Kyun Ji Lee, Kingston, Ont., 7.250, does not advance.
Men’s Team – Group 4
Canada (Dun Han Li, Richmond Hill, Ont.; Max Xia, Toronto, Ont.; Jeremy Lau, Vancouver B.C.) loses 3-0 (1-3, 0-3, 1-3) to Russia in third Group 4 match, does not advance.
Men’s singles – Round 3
Alexander Day, Vancouver, B.C., loses 6-1, 6-3 to (11) Patrick Ofner, Austria, does not advance.
Women’s singles – Round 3
Evangeline Repic, Oakville, Ont., loses 6-2, 6-1 to (1) Luksika Kumkhum, Thailand, does not advance.
Canada (0-4) loses 3-0 (16-25, 25-27, 22-25) to Switzerland (1-3) in fourth Pool B match, will play in the consolation round Friday at 5:00 am ET (6:00 p.m. Gwangju), opponent TBD.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Canada (4-0) wins 15-11 vs Japan (2-2) in fourth Pool A match, will face either France (1-2) or Hungary (0-3) in quarterfinal Thursday at 2:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. Gwangju).