Russell swims to bronze for Canada at junior meet


GUAM – Oakville’s Sinead Russell won a bronze medal for one of two Canadian podium finishes Thursday at the Junior Pan Pacific swimming championships. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Mississauga won gold in the men’s 200-metre freestyle at the opening of the meet.

Competing in the women’s 100 backstroke, Russell clocked 1:02.32 for the bronze finishing behind Shiho Sakai of Japan who touched in a meet record 1:01.12 for the victory. Grace Loh of Australia was second in 1:01.36. Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City was eighth.

In the men’s 200 freestyle, Abdel-Khalik bettered his national age group record clocking one minute and 49.55 seconds. Tommaso D’Orsogna of Australia was second in 1:49.57 and his compatriot Ryan Napoleon third in 1:49.65.
David Woodman of Calgary was seventh.

Canada nearly won another medal in the women’s 200 freestyle as Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse took fourth spot in a personal best 2:01.06, less than a second off third. Dagny Knutson led the U.S., to a double medal performance clocking a meet record 1:57.73 for the gold. Heather MacLean of Etobicoke was fifth in 2:01.19.

Other Canadian finalists were: Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, sixth in the men’s 100 backstroke, Zsofia Balazs of Toronto sixth in the women’s 800 freestyle and Kendra Chernoff of Saskatoon and Balazs seventh and eighth in the 200 butterfly.