Canada wins bronze in mixed freestyle relay at world juniors
NETANYA, Israel – Canada made it three straight days with at least one medal, taking bronze in the mixed 4×100-metre freestyle relay Wednesday at the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships.
In the relay, Australia broke the world junior record for the gold in 3:24.29. The U.S. followed for silver in 3:25.59 and the Canadians posted a 3:29.14.
The Canadian swimmers in the final were Paul Dardis of Calgary, Antoine Sauvé of Montreal, Julie Brousseau of Ottawa and Ella Jansen of Burlington, Ont.
‘’We were determined to go for a medal with our best possible relay,’’ said Dardis. ‘’It was super exciting to get that third place.’’
After three days, Canada has six medals with a silver and five bronze.
It was the third medal of the competition for both Jansen and Brousseau and the second for Dardis and Sauvé. Sienna Angove of Kamloops, B.C., and Mia West of Winnipeg were the two female swimmers in the preliminaries and it was a second medal for both as well.
There were four other Canadian finalists. For the women, Delia Lloyd of Etobicoke, Ont., was sixth in the 200 backstroke in 2:12.84 while Brousseau and West were seventh and eighth in the 100 freestyle in 55.96 and 56.09.
Filip Senc-Samardzic of Toronto was sixth in the men’s 100 butterfly in 52.94.
Alexanne Lepage of Kelowna, B.C., was the second fastest in the women’s 100 breaststroke semifinal clocking a personal best 1:07.60 to advance to Thursday’s final.
‘’It felt good, it felt controlled and I was happy with it,’’ said Lepage, looking to build on her fourth place in the 50 breast on Monday. ‘’I was happy with my second 50 coming back which is something I’ve worked on since (world championship) trials.’’
Dardis advanced to the men’s 50 free final ranking sixth in the semis in a personal best 22.73.
Clara Watson of Winnipeg and West were 13thand 15th in the women’s 50 fly semis in 27.55 and 27.78.