VANCOUVER, Canada, July 15. BRITTANY Gray of Barrie, Ont., broke the Canadian record in the women's S9 category 200-meter breaststroke on Sunday at the 11-country Can Am Championships for swimmers with a disability.
The competition is this season's big event Paralympic swimmers and the biggest international gathering before next year's Paralympic Games in Beijing. Canada fielded its national team which is tuning up for the Para Pan Am Games next month in Rio.
Gray clocked three minutes and 13.28 seconds to finish ahead of Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, Nfld., second in 3:24.76.
"It was really good," said Gray, 17, a member of last year's world championship team. "At the halfway mark, I was right on my best time and I wasn't sure if I could keep that pace. But I came back really strong and bettered my time in the prelims by three seconds. The key for me is getting off to a great start. This was a great meet to see what I need to work on in training for the Para Pan Am Games."
Three other Canadians won races in the 200 breaststroke in their respective disability categories: Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, B.C., Kirby Cote of Winnipeg and Rachel Tavares of Brockville, Ont.
Canadians collected four medals in the women's 100 backstroke: Valérie Grand'Maison of Montreal and Chelsea Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., placed first and third in the race for visually impaired while Stephanie Dixon of Victoria added gold and Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C., bronze in their respective races.
Roxon took gold in the women's 50 breaststroke with Jessica Tuomela of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., third in the same race. McDougall was second in her 50 breaststroke.
Benoit Huot of Montreal won his third gold this weekend placing first in a men's 100 freestyle while Dixon and Grand'Maison each added silver at the same distance.
Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver was second in the men's 100 backstroke.
Special thanks to Swimming Canada for contributing this report.
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July 16, 2007. According to swimrsa.org, Tucker Dupree has set 5 American records and 5 Pan-American records in the S12 class this weekend at the Can-Am SWAD (Swimmers with a Disability) Championship meet in Vancouver, Canada. Records were in the 50 & 200 freestyle and the 50, 100, & 200 backstroke. On the third day of competition, Tucker is seeded first for the evening finals in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle – both lifetime best times in the preliminary session. The 100 backstroke was a new American and Pan-Am record. Both times were additional US National Team Qualifying standards. On the second day of the meet, Tucker Dupree swam a lifetime best time in the 50 meter freestyle and qualified for the US Paralympic National Team. He finished first in the event and also had a strong second place finish in the 200 backstroke. On Day 1, Tucker finished 2nd in both the 50 backstroke and the 200 freestyle. Both events were swum in lifetime best times, American records, and Pan-Am records. Kip
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