Hanus, Glover Reach Podium for Canada at Pan Am Games
Swimming Canada – LIMA, Peru – Danielle Hanus of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Victoria lowered her personal best time twice Wednesday to win the silver medal in the women’s 100-metre butterfly in swimming action at the Pan Am Games.
Mackenzie Glover of Winnipeg added a bronze in the women’s 200-m backstroke to bring Canada’s medal total in swimming to three silver and four bronze after two days of racing.
In the 100 fly, Kendyl Stewart of the U.S. took the gold in 58.49, Hanus roared from sixth at the turn, to clock a personal best 58.93 and Sarah Gibson of the U.S. was third in 59.11. In the preliminaries, Hanus clocked second overall in the preliminaries in 58.94.
“I was disappointed with last night and I wanted to show that I hold myself to a higher standard,” said Hanus, seventh in the 200 fly on Tuesday. “To come back and go a best time, I’m really happy with it.”
Hanus, 21, followed her race strategy.
“I knew that if I could stay with pack on the first lap I would have a chance,” she said. “My back end speed has always been the strongest part of my race.”
Canadian swimming team leader Iain McDonald was impressed with how Hanus rebounded from her disappointment on Tuesday.
“One of the things we always talk about with our athletes is resilience,” he said. “To have the ability to come back when some things don’t quite go your way. Danielle went out there and put out a best time right away this morning. It was great to see.”
Haley Black of HPC Vancouver was fifth in 59.32.
The U.S. were 1-2 in the women’s 200-m backstroke with Alexandra Walsh first in 2:08.30 and Isabelle Stadden second in 2:08.39. Glover moved into third at the halfway mark and held the position clocking 2:10.95.
“I wasn’t expecting to win a medal here,” said Glover. “I think I got caught up in the excitement of the event and that really spurred me on. I knew I could go faster than in the preliminaries.”
McDonald said hard work paid off for Glover.
“The women’s 200 back is a tough event in Canada with a lot of depth,” he said. “It’s hard to make the senior national teams so it was great to see such a consistently strong performer like Mackenzie get on the podium.”
Madison Broad of Chatham, Ont., was sixth in 2:12.82.
Two fourths for Canada
It was another 1-2 finish for the Americans in the women’s 200-m freestyle with Claire Rasmus first in 1:58.64 and Meaghan Raab second in 1:58.70. Larissa Martins de Oliveira of Brazil was third in 1:59.78.
Alyson Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., nearly reeled in the Brazilian but settled for fourth in 1:59.92. Two-time Olympian Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., led through the first half of the race but wound up seventh in 2:01.18.
Juan Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., was fourth in the men’s 200-m backstroke final in 1:59.70. The Americans took the top two spots with Daniel Carr first in 1:58.13 and Nicholas Alexander second in 1:58.30. Leonardo Gomes of Brazil was third in 1:58.73.
Canada was also sixth in the 4X100 mixed freestyle relay with Ackman, James Dergousoff of Christina Lake, B.C., Alexia Zevnik of Ottawa and Acevedo.
Swimming competition continues through to Saturday.
Full results: https://www.lima2019.pe/en/results