Mixed medley relay advances, Masse back in action
Swimming Canada – BUDAPEST, Hungary – Canada’s mixed 4×100-metre medley relay team will be racing in finals today at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Javier Acevedo, Richard Funk, Rebecca Smith, and Chantal Van Landeghem qualified the team third after swimming the relay in 3 minutes 44.46 seconds.
“It’s a different atmosphere before the race in a mixed relay,” said Funk, who is a member of the High Performance Centre along with Smith and Van Landeghem. “Swimming a relay with two people I train with every day, and Javi, who I’ve been close with the last couple years, is a lot of fun, and a good opportunity to do something a little different.”
“It was tough this morning but it’s a really fun race,” said Van Landeghem. “Hopefully we can improve on that time tonight.”
Kylie Masse will also be racing tonight in the 50-m backstroke semifinals. The 20-year-old had to refocus after becoming a world champion and world record holder in Tuesday’s 100-m backstroke.
“I knew I still had multiple races left so I just tried to get as best a night’s sleep as I could, and then come in this morning and do my best to make it through.”
Masse qualified in 13th in 28.10.
“A best time would be great tonight.”
Yuri Kisil of HPC – Vancouver qualified tied ninth for the 100-m freestyle semifinals. Kisil, who finished tenth in this event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, sprinted to a 48.56.
“It was good, I was out fast which is what I wanted. I died a little on the end, but that’s something to work on tonight,” he said. “I’d like to go faster tonight, and see if I can make it back in the final.”
The FINA World Championships run through Sunday. Finals begin at 11:30 am ET each day and will be streamed live by CBC in English at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/aquatics and in French on Radio-Canada Sports Facebook Live.
Full results are available at http://www.omegatiming.com/Competition?id=000111010AFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&day=4
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