Rivard Sets Paralympic Record at Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships

MONTREAL, February 18. PARALYMPIC swimmer Joelle Rivard continued a successful comeback from retirement Friday by breaking her second world record in two days at the 2006 Speedo Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships. Rivard, who returned to competition last year after retiring in 1996, lowered the world mark in the 100-meter backstroke in the S4 disability category on Friday after beating the 50 backstroke world record on Thursday.

“I never expected to break the backstroke records,” said Rivard, 28. “My main focus this year has been the butterfly. It’s a great gift. I swam really well but I didn’t think I swam that fast.”

In the women’s open class, Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield was a double winner by placing first in the 200 IM and 400 freestyle. Victoria Poon took the 50 freestyle and Karah Stanworth-Belleville won the 100 backstroke. In men’s open competition, winners were Colin Russell in the 50 freestyle, Jonathan Aubry in the 200 IM, Francesco Zuccaro in the 400 freestyle and Charles Francis in the 100 backstroke.

Men’s Results

50 freestyle: 1. Colin Russell, Barrie, Ont., 22.55; 2. Ryan Tomicic, Montreal, 23.03; 3. Yannick Lupien, Quebec City, 23.14.
100 Backstroke: 1. Charles Francis, Montreal, 56.45; 2. Daniel Langlois, Ajax, Ont., 56.54; 3. Bruno Langlois, Quebec City, 56.73.
200 individual medley: 1. Jonathan Aubry, Montreal, 2:02.93; 2. Tim Ruse, Quebec City, 2:05.40; 3. Bryn Jones, London, Ont., 2:06.03.
400 freestyle: 1. Francesco Zuccaro, Brampton, Ont., 3:49.83; 2. Jonathan Blouin, Quebec City, 3:53.94; 3. André Couturier, Quebec City, 3:59.95.

Women’s Results

50 freestyle: 1. Victoria Poon, Montreal, 25.33; 2. Sophie Simard, Quebec City, 25.76; 3. Emily Wong, Nepean, Ont., 25.86.
100 backstroke: 1. Karah Stanworth-Belleville, Beaconsfield, Que., 1:03.00; 2. Jessika Craig, Kingston, Ont., 1:03.11; 3. Samanthan Cheverton, Pointe-Claire, Que., 1:03.36.
200 individual medley: 1. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 2:14.24; 2. Sophie Simard, Quebec City, 2:17.07; 3. Alexa Komarnycky, Etobicoke, Ont., 2:17.20.
400 freestyle: 1. Stephanie Horner, Beaconsfield, Que., 4:10.78; 2. Alexa Komarnycky, Etobicoke, Ont., 4:10.95; 3. Samantha Cheverton, Pointe-Claire, Que., 4 :15.89.

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