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Canadian swimmers win record five medals at WC stop

The Canadian Press

8/11/2013 4:44:00 PM

BERLIN - Montreal's Sandrine Mainville won two bronze medals as Canada enjoyed their best day so far on the 2013 FINA World Cup swimming circuit with a silver and four bronze.

Mainville set a Canadian short-course record in the women's 100-metre freestyle, finishing in a time of 52.41 seconds. That eclipsed the previous national mark of 52.51 set by two-time Olympian Victoria Poon of Montreal in 2010.

Two Dutch swimmers finished ahead of Mainville. Ranomi Kromowidjojo was first in 51.28 with her compatriot Femke Heemskerk second in 52.20. Chantal van Landeghem of Winnipeg was fifth in 52.87.

In the 50-metre butterfly, Ilaria Bianchi of Italy fended off two Canadians for the gold in 25.62. Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., was second in 25.93 and Mainville third in 26.04.

Canada's other bronze medals were earned by Martha McCabe of Toronto in the 200-metre breaststroke and Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge in the 200 butterfly. Savard was also sixth in the 200 fly.

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., was fifth in the 100 backstroke.