SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Brantford’s Thomas Bogart was a double medallist, winning gold and silver at the Summer Can-Am event for swimmers with a disability. And his Brantford Aquatic Club teammate Jenna Kayakjuak gave Canada a silver medal in her event.
The 18-year-old Bogart stroked his way to gold in the 100-metre breaststroke for the visually impaired and then added a silver to his collection when he finished second to Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S. in the 400m freestyle. Gotell was second to Bogart in the 100m event.
Kayakjuak, 19, grabbed her silver in a 400m freestyle race.
Canada had a strong showing for Thursday’s opening day of competition which serves as the U.S. national championships for Paralympic swimmers.
In addition to Bogart and Gotell, Valerie Grand’Maison of Montreal was a double medallist.
Grand’Maison posted her win in the S13 400 freestyle for the visually impaired and was second to multiple Paralympic champion Kirby Cote of Winnipeg in the 100 breaststroke.
Other Canadian winners included, in the 400 freestyles, Stephanie Dixon of Victoria and Genevieve Ouellet of Quebec City; in the 100 breaststrokes, Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, Nfld., and Kyle McMahon of Prince George, B.C., while in the 200 butterfly, winners were Amanda Donaher of Miramichi, N.B., and Benoit Huot of Montreal.
Donaher set a Pan American record in the women’s S10 category in her victory.
Other Canadian silver medallists in 400 freestyle events included Andrea Cole and Darda Geiger, both of London, Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., and Chelsea Gotell of Antigonish; Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, B.C., in her 100 breaststroke; Brent Hickenbotham of Coquitlam, B.C., in both his S10 200 butterfly and 400 freestyles.