MONTREAL, Canada, June 30. LAST night, a pair of near top 10 times went up on the scoreboard at the Canada Cup as swimmers continued to put on a shot in Montreal.
World champion Junya Koga nearly cracked the top 10 in the world with a sizzling time of 53.89 in the men's 100-meter backstroke. The 2009 winner of the 100 back world title is still getting adjusted to his new training location at Club Wolverine, but is not showing signs of closing out his career anytime soon. Matt Swanston (56.39) and Charles Francis (56.58) placed second and third.
Another near top-10 time came by way of Katerine Savard in the women's 50-meter fly. The Canadian blasted a 26.20 to win the event, just outside the 26.18 times by Marieke Guehrer and Dana Vollmer for the top 10 in the world. Sandrine Mainville finished second in 26.70, while Victoria Poon touched third in 27.33. Savard's time now stands as the Canadian record, breaking the 26.35 set by Noemie Thomas at World Championship Trials earlier this year.
Club Wolverine nearly went 1-2-3 in the men's 50-meter fly with George Bovell (25.08), Bruno Ortiz (25.10) and Miguel Ortiz (25.42) taking 1-2-4. Christopher Bezeau broke up the party with a third-place time of 25.13.
Martha McCabe raced to victory in the women's 100-meter breast with a 1:09.63, while Ashley McGregor claimed second in 1:10.72. Rebecca Terejko rounded out the top three in 1:11.94. Club Wolverine's Richard Funk followed with a 1:02.56 to win the men's 100-meter breast. Konrad Bald (1:03.23) and Kyle Duckitt (1:03.82) took second and third.
Genevieve Cantin hit the wall in 1:03.03 for the women's 100-meter back title, while Gabrielle Soucisse (1:03.26) and Annie Harrison (1:04.23) turned in second and third-place finishes. Samantha Cheverton stopped the clock in 1:59.56 to win the women's 200-meter free. Barbara Jardin (2:01.10) and Kennedy Goss (2:02.20) earned second and third. Blake Worsley followed with a 1:50.03 to win the men's 200-meter free, while Anders Nielsen (1:50.75) and Aly Abdel-Khalik (1:50.95) also finished in the 1:50s for second and third.
Vanessa Treasure checked in with a 4:51.22 for the women's 400-meter IM crown. Katie Caldwell (5:00.33) and Samantha Stratford (5:02.73) rounded out the top three in the distance medley. Dylan Bosch took home the men's 400-meter IM title in 4:26.12, while Tristan Cote (4:31.06) and Charles Barry (4:32.35) touched second and third.
In multi-class events, Justine Morrier won the women's 100-meter breast SB14 in 1:30.85, while Sarah Girard topped the SB9 in 1:31.39. Valerie Drapeau claimed the SB5 in 2:10.49, while Camille Berube earned the SB7 title in 1:59.02. Maxime Rousselle touched first in the men's 100-meter breast SB14 with a 1:16.78, while James Leroux won the SB9 in 1:21.66.
Drapeau returned in the women's 50-meter fly S5 with a 1:59.14 for the win, while Jean-Michel Lavalliere took home the men's 50-meter fly S7 title in 36.02. Valerie Grand-Maison clinched the women's 200-meter IM SM13 in 2:36.27, while Morrier won her second title of the night with a 2:53.03 in the SM14. Joy Fanara clocked a 2:56.67 to lead the SM10, while Berube won for a second time with a 3:20.95 in the SM8. Elodie Tremblay (3:49.52) and Drapeau (5:57.27) took home the SM9 and SM5 titles, respectively. That gave Drapeau a third win for the night.
Benoit Huot followed with a 2:15.74 to win the men's 200-meter IM SM10. Rousselle claimed his second title with a 2:28.13 in the SM14 division. Nicolas-Guy Turbide topped the SM13 in 2:30.80, while Philippe Vachon touched in 2:52.43 in the SM9. Jean Lapointe closed out the SM8 division with a 3:18.71.