Triple Silver Night for Canadian Swimmers at Pan Am Games
Swimming Canada – LIMA, Peru – Danielle Hanus of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Victoria and Alexia Zevnik of Ottawa each won an individual silver then helped Canada to a third second place finish in the mixed medley relay in swimming on Thursday at the Pan Am Games.
Canadian swimmers have five silver and five bronze after three days of racing.
Phoebe Bacon of the U.S. won the 100 back in 59.47 seconds followed by Hanus who executed another strong final length to clock a personal best 1:00.34. Her previous best was 1:00.44 set back in 2015 at the world junior championships.
‘’I’m really happy with that race,’’ said Hanus, who was kicking herself after placing seventh in the 200 fly final on Tuesday then rebounded with a first silver Wednesday in the 100 fly. ‘’I really wanted to do a lot better than in prelims, so I can’t complain with a best time. I was a lot faster on the last length than I thought I would be.
‘’I was nervous on the first day but I straightened myself out and have been having fun.’’
Madison Broad of Chatham, Ont., was sixth in 1:02.44.
In the women’s 100-m freestyle, Margo Geer of the U.S. was the winner in 54.17. Zevnik came back from fourth at the turn to place second in 55.04 and Larissa Martins de Oliveira of Brazil was third in 55.25.
‘’That hurt,’’ said Zevnik, about the pain she endured in her medal quest. ‘’It was an all around good race. It’s a great environment here in Peru and I was just trying to have fun. This has always been my favorite race. It’s so fast and very technical. Every detail has to be right.’’
Alyson Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., in her third individual final this week was fifth in 55.81. She won two bronze Tuesday: in the 400 free and the 4X100 freestyle relay. Including prelims she has been in eight races so far.
‘’It’s not the races that are hard but all the preparation that is involved is starting to add up,’’ said Ackman. ‘’But I like these kinds of challenges and I’ve prepared myself well.’’
Brazil won the 4X100 mixed medley relay in 3:48.61 followed by Canada with Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., James Dergousoff of Christina Lake, B.C., Hanus and Zevnik in 3:49.97. Argentina notched the bronze in 3:50.53.
The USA had initially won the gold in 3:42.96 but was disqualified minutes later.
‘’It was great to see everyone put in their best effort and come out with a medal,’’ said Hanus.
Hanus and Zevnik are both at three medals at the Games so far. For their part, Acevedo and Dergousoff were pleased to see the Canadian men get on the medal sheet.
‘’I improved on what I did in the individual but it’s not where I want to be,’’ added Acevedo. ‘’But I’m happy with it and we got the medal.’’
The Amerians were 1-2 in the women’s 200-m breaststroke led by Anne Lazor who set a Games record 2:21.40. Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., a silver medallist in the 200 fly on Tuesday, was fifth in 2:28.56 and Tessa Cieplucha of Oakville, Ont., was seventh in a personal best 2:29.59.
Acevedo was fifth in the men’s 100-m backstroke in 55.14 and Dergousoff eighth in the men’s 200 breast final in 2:15.00.
Swimming competition continues through to Saturday.
Full results: Results