GOLD COAST, Australia – Canada captured a medal for the second straight night at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday.
The women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay team of Brittany MacLean, Samantha Cheverton, Alyson Ackman and Emily Overholt finished third behind USA and Australia in a time of 7:58.03. The girls were all smiles after adding a bronze medal to the silver they won at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, last month.
“I think we all just are having a great time and we’re here to race for Canada and we’re trying to put up the best swims we can. It wasn’t our fastest time but definitely for us to get another medal at an international competition is a big deal. We’re excited for the future of this relay team,” said MacLean, who also won 800-m freestyle bronze Thursday.
Cheverton was also part of the 4x200 relay that won bronze at the 2010 Pan Pacs in Irvine, Calif. She was impressed with the way her new teammates battled through the cold, rainy conditions, and in particular how Ackman (100-m freestyle) and Overholt (400-m IM) turned around quickly after swimming other events earlier in the night.
“To get bronze again with three new girls is awesome,” Cheverton said. “To come off our swim at Commonwealth Games and back it up with another great swim, especially after having some tough doubles tonight and less than perfect conditions, we’re really happy to get bronze.”
Canada had X individual A finalists in action Friday
Overholt came sixth in the 400-m individual medley earlier in the evening in a time of 4:41.64. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver was seventh in 4:45.45.
In other A finals action, Chantal Van Landeghem of the High Performance Centre – Ontario swam her second personal best of the day (54.55) to finish fifth in the 100-m freestyle.
“That was the goal coming in, so considering the weather and everything I was glad I was able to get a personal best tonight,” the Winnipeg native said. “The atmosphere is amazing, swimming is such a big deal down here so it was great to feel that excitement and just the energy tonight.”
Montreal’s Victoria Poon was close behind in sixth at 54.82.
Edmonton’s Richard Funk was sixth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke with a personal best of 1:00.36.
In the women’s 100-m breaststroke, Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., came seventh, matching her personal best from Commonwealth Games at 1:08.49. Martha McCabe of the High Performance Centre – Ontario continued her return to form with an eighth-place finish at 1:08.96. That was the best time this year for McCabe, who lost several weeks of training to a stress fracture in her clavicle earlier this season.
Luke Reilly of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver was eighth in men’s 400-m IM at 4:21.96.
Complete results available at: http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2014PP/
(Reposted from the Swimming Canada website)