Fast final day at Can-Ams

March 31, 2014

Brianna Nelson Swimming

MIAMI - Canadians wrapped up a strong weekend Saturday at the Can-Am Para-Swimming Championships in Miami.

The national team for the Para Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., will be named in the coming days based on qualifying times posted at the three-day weekend meet.

Brianna Nelson of Victoria’s Island Swimming led the way with six Para Pan Pac qualifying times, capped by a 5:46.73 in the women’s S7 400-metre freestyle.

“Island Swimming has done a really good job of adjusting my program. I’ve been working really hard on technique. I think it’s carried through all of my strokes,” said the multiple Paralympic medallist, who also posted qualifying times in 50-m butterfly, 50- and 100-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke, 200-m individual medley. “It’s pretty amazing to see all these people improving and making Canada this powerhouse in swimming.”

Canadians dominated the S14 200-m freestyle, led by Dalton Boon of the Winskill (B.C.) Dolphins. His time of 2:05.76 broke the Canadian record he set in the morning heats. Maxime Rousselle of Club de Natation du Haut-Richelieu (Que.) was second in 2:07.37, 0.1 faster than the previous Canadian record he set at last summer’s IPC World Championships. Both those times were faster than the Pan Pac qualifying standard.

Rousselle’s Haut-Richelieu teammate Justin Morrier set a Canadian record of 1:19.50 in the women’s S14 100-m butterfly. Christian Daniel (University of Calgary Swim Club) added a Canadian record of 5:57.63 in the men’s S6 400-m freestyle. Both met the qualifying standard for Pan Pacs.

Para-swimming National Coach Craig McCord was pleased with the swimming he saw over the weekend, which included multiple new Canadian records on all three days.

“We had some kids we didn’t expect into the mix and really step up and do an awesome job this weekend to support those veteran athletes like Aurelie Rivard and Benoit Huot,” McCord said.

Complete results are available on the Meet Mobile app, with complete results posted after each session at:

http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Swimming/Events

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