PASADENA, Calif. – Katarina Roxon of St. John’s, N.L., and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won gold medals in national record times on Sunday to conclude a great performance for Canadian Para-swimmers at the Para Pan Pacific Championships.
In the women’s S8 100-m breaststroke, Roxon broke her own Canadian mark clocking one minute and 23.29 seconds.
Other Canadian medallists in the event were Tessa Routliffe of Caledon, Ont.,(with a Canadian record) and Sarah Mehain of Victoria second and third in the S7, Justine Morrier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in S14 with silver while Danielle Kisser of Delta, B.C., and Rhea Schmidt of Winnipeg added bronze in S6 and S13.
Rivard collected her third gold and fourth individual medal overall with the victory in the women’s S10.
‘’My goal was to beat the record in the final,’ said Rivard, 18. ‘’I wasn’t sure what to expect at this competition. I had just come back from the Commonwealth games and I was feeling tired. But I got stronger and stronger each day.’’
Brianna Nelson of Victoria added silver in the S7 while Schmidt and Morgan Bird in S8, took bronze. Bird also broke the Canadian record.
Canada was third in the women’s 4X100-m freestyle relay with Bird, Nelson, Roxon and Rivard. The men’s 4X50-m medley relay lowerd the national mark to 4:11.85 for fifth spot with Adam Purdy of London, Ont., Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., Danial Murphy of Bedford, N.S., and Cameron MacDonald of Winnipeg.
The 32-member Canadian team finished with nine gold, 25 silver and 28 bronze.
Results available on Meet Mobile app.
Full team list https://www.swimming.ca/2014ParaPanPacificChampionships