CANADIAN SWIMMERS CONTINUE TO PILE UP MEDALS AT PAN AM GAMES

TORONTO – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., made two trips to the podium on Thursday as Canada won six more swimming medals at the Pan Am Games.

The Canadian swimmers now have 19 medals in the pool (five gold, 9 silver, 5 bronze) The U.S. stands first based on more gold medals at (6-5-4) and Brazil is third at 5-1-7.

Two Canadians were on the podium in the women’s 100-m butterfly. Kelsi Worrell of the U.S. took the gold in 57.78 followed by Noemie Thomas (UBCDS) of Richmond, B.C., in second at 58.00 and Savard third in 58.05.

Thomas had missed the 200-m fly on Tuesday due to illness.

“I feel really great tonight,’’ said Thomas. ‘’The crowd is so amazing. To get that close to my personal best is really great and I couldn’t do it without the support of my friends and family especially after getting sick”.

In the women’s 400-m individual medley, Emily Overholt (HPC - Vancouver/WVOSC) of West Vancouver saw a gold medal and Games and Canadian record evaporate when she was disqualified for a non-simultaneous touch. Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. was the winner in 4:35.46 and Sydney Pickrem of Halifax was second in 4:38.03. The 17-year-old Overholt had clocked 4:35.33.

Brazil’sThiago Pereira was also disqualified after touching first in the men’s 400-m IM. That was worth the gold for compatriot Brandonn Almeida who clocked 4:14.17 followed by Luke Reilly of Vancouver in 4:16.16 and Max Williamson third in 4:16.91. Alec Page of Victoria was fifth.

Canada’s Santo Condorelli took bronze in a very close men’s 100 fly in 52.42. It was his third medal of the Games. Giles Smith of the U.S. was the victor in 52.04 and Santiago Grassi of Argentina second in 52.09.

“I’m happy,’’ said Condorelli ‘’This morning, I was down on myself. I fixed a couple of things. I did better, but there’s definitely a lot I could improve on.”

Savard notched her second medal of the night and third of the Games helping Canada to bronze in the women’s 4X200-m freestyle relay with Overholt, Alyson Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont.