Canadian swimmers won four women’s and three men’s events yesterday on the second, and final, day of the world cup meet in Edmonton, Alberta. It was the second of twelve stops on the World Cup tour that will continue in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Jessica Deglau, the Pan American Games champion, won her specialty, the 200m butterfly, in 2:11.29 in the 25m pool, just beating her compatriot, Karine Chevrier (2:11.47) to the wall. Chevrier took the 50m fly in 27.69. The third Canadian women’s win was turned in by Laura Nichols, who tied for first place in the 100m free at 55.43 with Britain’s Karen Pickering. Strangely, the previous race had also ended in a tie, as Spain’s Nina Zhivanevskaya and Canada’s Kelly Stefanyshyn deadlocked for the gold in the 100m backstroke at 1:00.50.
China’s Chen Yan, world record-holder in the 400 IM, won the 100 medley in 1:02.48, a scant four hundredths of a second in front of Canada’s Marianne Limpert. Chen Hua used her outstanding turns to eke out a win in the 400m free, clocking 4:09.19 to Sweden’s Josefin Lillhage’s 4:09.55.
The 50m breast went to South Africa’s Penny Heyns, the world record-holder, in 31.25. Chinese youngster Qi Hui took the 200 breast in 2:25.85 over Polish veteran Alicja Peczak. Romania’s Beatrice Caslaru remained undefeated this short course season, winning the 400 IM in 4:38.61, two seconds ahead of Canada’s Joanne Malar, the Pan Pac champion.
Yannick Lupien, Morgan Knabe and Mike Mintenko each won an event for Canada. Lupien won the 50m free in 22.57, two-hundredths ahead of Ryan Laurin. Knabe, 18, took the 100 breast in 1:01.12. In the 100 fly, Mike Mintenko edged Shamek Pitucha, winner of the 200 fly, in 53.63, with Pietucha a touch behind (53.69).
Hungary’s Bela Szabados avenged his defeat in the 400 free at the hands of Chad Carvin the previous day by turning the tables on Carvin in the 200, 1:46.02 to 1:47.20. Carvin won the 1500 in 15:03.28, more than three seconds ahead of Italy’s Andrea Righi.
Tom Wilkens provided the US with a second win, easily out-distancing Canada’s Jean-Francois Langlais in the 200 IM, 1:59.26 to 2:02.86.
Croatia’s Gordan Kozulj, a University of California product, won the 200 back in 1:55.43 over a strong field that included Brazil’s Rogerio Romero (1:56.80) and 16-year-old American, Aaron Peirsol (1:57.12). Another Croatian, Tomislav Karlo, won the 50 back (24.88).