Para swimming sensations Summer Mortimer of Ancaster and Benoit Huot of Montreal led a group of six Canadians into Thursday’s finals at the Paralympic Games. Both are looking to collect a fourth medal at the Games.
In the women’s S10 100 freestyle, Mortimer, with two gold and a silver so far as well as Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., qualified third and fifth respectively in the preliminaries. Rivard, 16, earned her first career Paralympic medal in the 400 freestyle on Wednesday.
In the men’s S10 100 freestyle, Nathan Stein of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Huot were ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the preliminaries. Huot, has a medal of each colour so far while Stein won silver in the 50 freestyle last week.
Also advancing are Morgan Bird of Calgary who qualified fifth in the women’s S8 100 freestyle, Brianna Nelson of Victoria, racing in her eighth event, qualified seventh for the women’s S7 400 freestyle and Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver, who qualified eighth in the men’s S11 100 butterfly.