June 16th: Russell top Canadian at Mare Nostrum
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
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
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
Evan White wins bronze at Mare Nostrum
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
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
national junior coach Ken McKinnon wasn’t surprised to see
White on the podium.
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.
Tour ends on Sunday.