Canadian medal bonanza at World Para Swimming Series

June 12, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Canada probably paid extra luggage costs to bring home all the medals it earned this past weekend at the World Para Swimming Series event held Friday to Sunday June 9-11 in Indianapolis.

On Sunday, Gordie Michie capped a personal five-medal weekend with a bronze medal in the S14 men’s 100-m butterfly. His time of 1:01.79 further lowered the Canadian record he had reclaimed in the morning heats.

Over the three-day meet, Michie also took gold in the 100-m breaststroke, silver in the 200-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke and 200-m individual medley and bronze in the 100-m butterfly.

“It’s been quite a three-day meet, it’s awesome,” said the 23-year-old from St. Thomas, Ont. “I feel really amazing right now because in the morning when I was doing my activation all I thought about was swimming the 100 fly. I had a lot of confidence before the race in the morning session and was really surprised with the time I had.”

Zach Zona of Waterford, Ont., won the S8 men’s 100-m fly in a personal best of 1:09.87 after notching silver medals in the 200-m IM and 400-m freestyle the previous two days.

“I’m happy with that,” said the 18-year-old, who will represent Canada at the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6. “My approach to the meet was just to see how fast we can go in this moment. A lot of it was race strategy. That worked very well I think.”

Stepping on the podium on the weekend for the women were Tammy Cunnington of Red Deer, Alta., Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., Miori Henault of St-Eustache, Que., Danielle Dorris of Moncton, Katarina Roxon of St. John’s N.L., Angela Marina of Brantford, Ont., Michelle Tovizi of North York, Ont., and Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que.,

For the men the other medallists were: Jean-Michel Lavallière of Quebec City, Riley McLean of Vernon, B.C., Alexander Sharpe of Calgary, Hicham Boufekane of Montreal, James Leroux of Repentigny, Que., and Jonathan Dieleman of Telkwa, B.C.

‘’It was a successful endeavour for sure,” said Swimming Canada’s Senior Coach Paralympic Program Vince Mikuska. “Michelle Tovizi hadn’t really seen any international competition other than Can Ams, Riley McLean got a little taste at Parapan Ams (in 2015). It was good for them to get exposed to more international competition. They have to look after themselves away from home coaches, and be a little more independent with a little more responsibility.”

Full results are available at http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Swimming/Results