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North American Challenge Cup, US Open & British Grand Prix

It's been a busy international week for UVPCS swimmers...

First off the blocks, Caileigh Filmer represented Canada at the North American Challenge Cup in La Mirada, California. Caileigh rose to the long course Challenge, bettering her entry times in four of six individual races and concluded the meet with three top-8 finishes in tough competition. Caileigh was also on three top-8 relay teams.

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2009 Midsummer Madness

What can we say about the small but mighty Midsummer Madness Meet... fifty-nine swimmers raced, had fun, and especially enjoyed the water in the summer heat; coaches and officials enjoyed being splashed for the same reason! Event winners received special Midsummer Madness Mugs... FINA high-point swimmers of the meet received Midsummer Madness Mugs filled with jelly beans... two randomly-drawn officials also won Midsummer Madness Mugs filled with jelly beans, and, because one day it will again be cool weather requiring hot drinks, coffee cards... it was the Madness!!

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UK Tri-Nations Cup

The British Tri-Nations Cup featured swimmers from Britian, Russia and Canada over the weekend, and was the opening competition in Britian for Canada's team. The British Gas Grand Prix will take place August 6-9th.

On the Canadian team, UVPCS swimmer MacKenzie Downing took two individual Silver medals and contributed to a further relay Silver at the competition. Congratulations, MacKenzie!

Full details are available on our results page.

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Can-Am Paraswimming Champs - World Record for UVPCS swimmer Stephanie Dixon

EDMONTON- Stephanie Dixon of Victoria broke her world record in the 50-metre backstroke in the S9 disability category on Thursday to kick-off the 2009 Speedo CAN AM Para Swimming Championships being held until Saturday at the Kinsmen Sports Centre. Dixon also added a victory in the 100 butterfly in 1:12.17.SNC full story ... SNC 31-Jul-09--------------Day two and two more Gold medals for UVPCS swimmer Stephanie Dixon, for 200 IM and 400 Freestyle...

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2009 HtO Thetis Lake Swim for MS

On a really nice sunny day the Thetis Lake Swim for Multiple Sclerosis had more than 230 participants including a stalwart group of UVPCS swimmers... congratulations to Kennedy Aragon-Scriven, Ciaran Breen & Josh Stebeck for completing their 800m open water swim. Kennedy came out of the lake with the bronze medal - way to go!

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Downing named to Canada's team for UK Tri-Nations & British Grand Prix

SNC story

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2009 World Open Water 5 km

David Creel of Victoria was the sole Canadian entry [in the men's 5km race] and placed 22nd in 57:37.1. Creel battled back from an elbow injury to qualify for the team.

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2009 Age Group Nationals

Canada’s Age Group National Championships ran for six days in Montreal this past week; there were five days at the long course (50m) pool, and open water concluded the meet today. It was a huge event – 1500+ swimmers and 200+ teams from across the country. Preliminaries took place in two pools; ten swimmers proceeded to finals in each event. Girls’ age groups for finals were 12 & under, 13, 14, 15 and 16-18, while boys competed as 13 & under, 14, 15, 16 and 17-18.

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World Open Water events postponed

FINA story

The FINA Bureau decided to postpone the Open Water Swimming events on the programme of the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009, due to the weather conditions in Ostia, the location for these competitions.

The Open Water Swimming races will now take place according to the following programme:
• July 21, 2009: 5km Women (11:00) and 5km Men (14:00)
• July 23, 2009: 10km Women (08:30) and 10km Men (12:00)
• July 25, 2009: 25km Men (08:30) and 25km Women (08:40)

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Canada kicks off FINA World Championships with Open water swimming 5km

SNC story

ROME – Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., and Zsofia Balazs of Toronto lead a six-member Canadian team in the open water swimming events at the World Aquatic Championships.

“The Open water events will be a great way to kick off the FINA Worlds for Canada,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach. “You will be seeing lots of great distance pool swimmers crossing over to the open water events. The competition is getting stronger and our swimmers have shown great strength internationally, so we’re quite excited.”

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