BALATONFURED, Hungary – Josh Zakala of Kelowna, B.C., Sabastian Paulins of Brantford, Ont., and Tessa Cieplucha Oakville, Ont., placed 15th in the first career team event for all three on Sunday (Sept. 7) at the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.
‘’It was a different experience but a lot of fun,’’ said Paulins, 15. ‘’Our strategy was to swim together the whole way and we each took our turns to go out front. The water wasn’t all that clear so you had to lift your head every three or four strokes to keep an eye on your teammates.’’
China won the gold medal clocking the three-kilometre race in 33 minutes and 25.5 seconds. Italy was second in 34:27.7 and the U.S. third in 34:33.6.
‘’Drafting is very important in a race like this,’’ added Cieplucha, 15. ‘’In that department we did a really good job. We don’t train at the same clubs so we did as much preparation as we could here focusing especially on our turns and our drafting execution.’’
The time of the last swimmer to cross the finish for each country was the final clocking.