DUBAI, UAE – Yuri Kisil of Calgary helped Canada place fourth in the mixed 4X100-m freestyle relay after narrowly reaching the 50-m freestyle final in national record time Wednesday (Aug. 8) at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
Australia won the gold medal in this new event, which pits teams of two men and two women, in three-minutes and 28.74 seconds. The U.S. was second in 3:29.56 and Russia third in 3:29.93. Canada bettered its time by more than four seconds in the prelims to follow in 3:33.21.
The Canadian racers were Bryce Kwiecien-Delaney of Hamilton, Kisil, Paige Kremer of Edmonton and Kennedy Goss of Toronto.
‘’We were really happy with our improvement in the final,’’ said Kisil. ‘’We went in ranked eighth and wound up being in medal contention most of the way. It’s a fun event and there’s a lot of strategy involved.’’
In the women’s 200-m backstroke final, Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian living in Oldsmar, Florida was fifth in 2:11.75. Kylie Stewart led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in a meet record 2:09.74.
Teddy Kalp of Concord, Ont., was seventh in the men’s 800-m freestyle.
It was quite a day for Kisil individually as well. In the men’s 50-m freestyle preliminaries he qualified the 16th and last spot for the semifinal by 0.01 seconds. Then in the semi he gained the eighth and last spot for Thursday’s final, again by 0.01 clocking 22.81.
That 22.81 also bettered the Canadian 15-17 age group record by 0.01, previous held by Chris Manning of Brantford, since 2009.
‘’It’s hard to believe that happened,’’ said Kisil, 17. ‘’I was a bit disappointed with my prelim time but happy to get a lane. In the semi I went out a lot faster. I feel I can improve my time again in the final.’’
Frederique Cigna of Montreal also showed great improvement from the prelims to the semis to advance to women’s 50-m butterfly final on Thursday. She clocked 14th in the prelims in 27.88 and sixth in the semis in 27.08.
‘’I never expected to make the final,’’ said Cigna, 15. ‘’My reaction time off the start in the semi was a lot better. I know if I can do the same in the final, my time can be better.’’
Canada has fielded a 28-member team for these championships held every two years. Competition continues until Sunday.