Canadian Swimmers at Mare Nostrum Tour
June 16th:  Russell top Canadian at Mare Nostrum tour
CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont., just missed earning a second medal at the third and last stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit Sunday placing fourth in the women’s 200-m backstroke.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the gold medal in two minutes and 09.76 seconds, Daryna Zevina of Ukraine was second in 2:10.59 and Duane DaRocha of Spain third in 2:10.80.
Russell, a 2012 Olympian tuning up for this summer’s FINA World Championships, touched the wall in 2:12.24.  She took third spot on Saturday in the 100-m backstroke clocking 1:00.81.
Breanne Siwicki of Winnipeg was also in the 200-m backstroke final but was disqualified.
Siwicki was one of three national junior team members who competed here as well as at the second stop earlier this week in Barcelona.
On Sunday, Jeffrey Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., was 10th overall in the men’s 200-m backstroke and 11th in the 50-m backstroke.  Evan White of Oakville, Ont., a bronze medallist Saturday in the 200-m individual medley, was 12th in the 200-m butterfly.

June 15 2013

Canada’s Evan White wins bronze at Mare Nostrum

CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – Evan White of Oakville, Ont., won the bronze medal on Saturday in the men’s 200-metre individual medley to open the third and final stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.

White, 17, neared his personal best time of 2:02.56

“To get near my personal best time when I’m not fully prepared is very satisfying,” said White.  “My dives were deeper off the start and my stroke rate higher for the backstroke and freestyle.  It’s been a great experience racing at this competition.”

Canada’s national junior coach Ken McKinnon wasn’t surprised to see White on the podium.

“He’s been building towards this,” he said.  “We were hoping to see another improvement today and he put himself in position to win a medal.  There was a significant drop between his morning and night swim and that bodes well for tomorrow.

The Tour ends on Sunday.