Rahier, Murphy Win Silvers at Para-PanAms

GUADALAJARA (November 13, 2011) – Adam Rahier (NRST)Jana Murphy (IS) and Chris Sergeant of Kingston, Ont., each won a silver medal on Sunday to lead a five-medal intake for Canadian swimmers at the Parapan American Games for athletes with a disability.

Also stepping on the podium were Maxime Rousselle of St. Alexandre, Que., and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny, Que., both with bronze.

In the men’s 100-metre breaststroke in the SB14 disability category for swimmers with an intellectual disability,  Alberto Vera of Venezuela took the gold in 1:15.39, Rahier followed in 1:17.77 and Rousselle was third in 1:18.39. Dalton Boon (WDSC), was sixth.

In the women’s SB14 100 breaststroke, Mariana Diaz of Mexico was the winner in 1:27.67 with Murphy second in 1:29.63 and Viviana Moraes of Venezuela third in 1:30.79.  Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., missed the podium by only 0.01 seconds and was fourth.  Meagan Michie of Metcalfe, Ont., took eighth spot.

In the men’s S8 100 backstroke, Caio Oliveira of Brazil was the winner in a Games record 1:14.52 with Sergeant second in 1:17.48 and Lucas Poggi of Argentina third in 1:19.77.

In the men’s S7 400 freestyle, Ronaldo Santos of Brazil took the gold, with Enrique Perez of Mexico second and Lapointe third.

Other Canadian men’s finalists were Chris Daniel of Calgary and Nik Tolgyesi of Kingston sixth and 11th in the S6 400 freestyle and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., fourth in the S9 100 breaststroke.  For the women, Danielle Kisser (DELTA), was seventh in the S6 freestyle and Kennedy Pasay of Leduc, Alta., fifth in the S9 100 breaststroke.

Competition continues Monday.

Results: http://info.parapan.guadalajara2011.org.mx/ESP/ZZ/ZZS103A_SW@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ESP.htm