MONTREAL, Canada, July 7. AFTER three days of racing at the Canada Cup in Montreal, Julia Wilkinson, Milorad Cavic and Martha McCabe each have two wins to their credit.
The meet got underway Thursday with preliminary and timed final action in several Paralympic events, as well as the men's and women's 1500m free. Bridget Coley grabbed the women's title in 16:57.69, with Karyn Jewell in second (17:18.49) and Anina Lund in third (17:18.98). On the men's side, Philippe Guertin came out on top with a time of 15:57.15. Kyle Whitaker snagged second in 16:04.83, while Aimeson King wound up third (16:09.50).
Genevieve Cantin swam away with the women's 200m back title, posting a 2:11.51 for the victory. Hilary Caldwell touched second in 2:12.79, while Taylor Moore finished a distant third in 2:18.45. Caldwell has the fastest time this year of the three swimmers — a 2:09.14 from Canadian Trials in March. Tobias Oriwol captured the men's event in 2:00.49, holding off brothers Matthew and Jeffrey Swanston. Matthew finished in 2:01.72 for second, while Jeffrey posted a 2:03.69 to take third.
Julia Wilkinson, who is headed to another Olympics in just a few weeks, got to the wall first in the women's 100m free with a 55.46. Victoria Poon touched .08 behind in 55.54, followed by Amanda Reason in 55.89. Milorad Cavic, who is training at Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich., hit the touch pads first in the men's 100m free in 49.32, ahead of club teammates Robert Savulich (49.58) and George Bovell (49.90).
The women's 200m fly race came down to two athletes, as Katerine Savard and Audrey Lacroix were neck and neck the whole way. At the finish, Savard got the better of Lacroix, winning 2:09.16 to 2:09.65. It marked a new season best for Savard. Lindsay Delmar touched third in 2:16.14. Wu Peng captured the men's title by a sizeable margin, winning in a stellar time of 1:54.91, the fourth fastest in the world this year. Ryan Feeley placed second in 2:01.74, followed by Zack Chetrat in 2:02.77.
In the women's 50m breast, four swimmers separated themselves from a tightly bunched heat, all posting sub-31 second times. Martha McCabe led the way with a 31.47, inside the top 20 times in the world. Tera van Beilen snuck into second with a 31.72, while Jillian Tyler placed third in 31.83. On the men's side, Barry Murphy out-touched Canadian record-holder Scott Dickens, 27.55 to 27.70, to take first. That time leapfrogs Murphy to seventh in the world and Dickens 16th. Warren Barnes grabbed third in 28.54.
Barbara Jardin was the only swimmer to break 4:10 in the women's 400m free, as she won the event in 4:09.26. Brittany MacLean finished second in 4:10.89, followed by Alexa Komarnycky in 4:13.44. Ryan Cochrane, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500m free, won the men's 400m free in 3:54.30. Keegan Zanatta (3:56.15) and Frank Despond (3:57.18) rounded out the rest of the podium.
In tonight's finals action, Martha McCabe grabbed her second breaststroke win of the meet, touching first in the 100m in 1:08.67 to narrowly defeat Jillian Tyler (1:08.86). Tyler has the fastest time by a Canadian this year with a 1:07.18 from the Canadian Olympic Trials in March. Ashley McGregor snuck in for third at 1:10.01. Meanwhile, Scott Dickens earned a convincing win in the men's race with a time of 1:00.91. Barry Murphy, who earlier won the 50m breast, touched in 1:03.11 for second, while Kyle Whitaker was third (1:03.87).
Julia Wilkinson added the 100m back to her medal haul with a solid time of 1:00.49, not far off her ninth ranked swim of 59.85 from March. Genevieve Cantin recorded a 1:02.55 for second while Hilary Caldwell (1:02.94) was third. Charles Francis emerged from the men's final heat with a close victory. Francis touched in 56.58, just in front of Matthew Swanston (56.60) and Jeffrey Swanston (56.89).
Sandrine Mainville proved to be the quickest sprint butterflier in the field, winning the 50m fly in 26.65. Katerine Savard (27.12) and Sherry Patel (27.49) also made the podium in the event. In the men's event, Milorad Cavic doubled in the sprint fly races with a 23.84 to win the 50m. Wu Peng, who earlier won the 200m fly, finished second in 24.05, while Duje Draganja touched third (24.34).
Barbara Jardin added her second win of the meet after swimming a time of 1:58.48 in the women's 200m free. Samantha Cheverton also broke 2:00 with a second place effort of 1:59.32. Brittany MacLean was third in 2:01.04. Ryan Feeley won the men's event by one one-hundredth over Michael Wynalda, 1:50.32 to 1:50.33. Justin Glanda took third in 1:51.87.
In the final individual event of the night, Karyn Jewell won the women's 400m IM comfortably in 4:49.27, seven seconds ahead of Stephanie Horner (4:56.35) and Genevieve Cantin (4:58.09). Bradley Ally stroked his way to victory in the men's event in 4:21.50, well ahead of Alec Page (4:27.65) and Jeffrey Swanston (4:29.56).