Lepage wins second world junior gold as Canada finishes third in medal standings
NETANYA, Israel – Alexanne Lepage of Kelowna, B.C., earned her second victory at the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships to highlight a three-medal Saturday for Canada.
Julie Brousseau of Ottawa and the women’s 4×100-metre medley relay each added a silver.
Canada ends the six-day competition with 13 medals (two gold, three silver and eight bronze) for third in the medal standings behind the U.S. and Australia.
Lepage, already the world junior 100-m breaststroke champion, clocked a personal best 2:24.70 to win the women’s 200-m breast, with Mina Nakazawa of Japan second in 2:25.57 and Eneli Jefimova of Estonia third in 2:26.29.
Amaris Peng of London, Ont., was seventh in 2:29.38, also a personal best.
In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, Australia was first in 4:00.86 followed by the Canadians in 4:01.96. Italy was third in 4:03.34.
Swimming for Canada in the final were Delia Lloyd of Etobicoke, Ont., Lepage, Ella Jansen of Burlington, Ont., and Sienna Angove of Kamloops, B.C.
In the preliminaries, the swimmers were Jordan Greber of Grande Prairie, Alta., Halle West of Winnipeg, Victoria Raymond of Etobicoke and Brousseau.
Earlier in the evening, Brousseau was edged for gold in the women’s 200-m freestyle by a mere 0.01 seconds, clocking 1:58.10. Addison Sauickie of the U.S. won in 1:58.09. Leah Hayes of the U.S. was third in 1:58.19 and Jansen fifth in 1:59.18.
Brousseau ends the competition with a team leading seven medals: three individual and four relays. She also took bronze in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and was in the bronze relays in the 4×200 free, 4×100 free, 4×100 medley and mixed 4×100 free.
Seven other Canadians were in finals.
For the men, Aiden Norman of Calgary was fourth in the 200 backstroke in 2:00.75; Bill Dongfang of Victoria and Kevin Zhang of Etobicoke were fifth and seventh in the 200 butterfly in 1:58.44 and 1:58.97. They both swam under two minutes for the first time in the heats and went even faster in the final.
Filip Senc-Samardzic of Toronto was eighth in the men’s 100 free in 50.09.
For the women, Jansen and Raymond were sixth and eighth in the 100 fly in 59.23 and 59.73.
Timothe Barbeau of Montreal ranked eighth in the men’s 1,500-m timed final in a personal best 15:23.50.