Photo Scott Grant - Benoît lors du segment papillon (200m QNI)
EDMONTON – Benoit Huot of Montreal won the gold medal and came within 0.06 seconds of his world record in the men’s 200-metre individual medley on Saturday to highlight another productive day for Canada at the Para Pan Pac swimming championships.
In the final medal standings. Australia was first with 35 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze, the U.S., followed at 27-26-16 and Brazil was third at 24-13-14. Canada ranked third in total medals at 62 and sixth based on gold medal count at 12-24-26.
In the men’s 200 IM in the S10 disability, Huot clocked 2:11.36 to finish far ahead of the field. It was his fourth medal of the competition to go along with two silver and a bronze. Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., was sixth.
‘’I was on pace for the world record for almost the entire race,’’ said Huot, a three-time Paralympic champion. ‘’It was the freestyle leg that cost me. I was pushing and pushing but I just didn’t have that little edge I needed to get the record. Still it was the second best time in my career.’’
In the other men’s 200 IM races, Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., added a silver in the S12, Scott Patterson of North Vancouver took bronze in the S6 as did Adam Rahier of Nanaimo, B.C., in the S14 with Michael Heath of Golspice, Ont., seventh and Michael Qing of Regina eighth. Michael Diering of North Vancouver was fifth in the S9 and Jean-Michel Lavalliere of Quebec City seventh in the S7.
Canada earned three more gold in the women’s 200 IM events. Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., notched her fifth win of the competition in the S11, Valerie Grand’Maison of Montreal won the S13 with Rhea Schmidt of Winnipeg fifth and Justine Morrier of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was first in the S14.
Morgan Bird of Calgary took silver in the S8, as did Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., in the S9 with Jenna Skieneh of Windsor, Ont., fourth and Summer Mortimer of Ancaster, Ont., took second in the S10 with Brianna Jennett-McNeill of Russell, Ont., fourth and Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur Richelieu, fifth. Brianna Nelson of Victoria won bronze in the S7 with Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., fifth and Stephanie McDougall of Maple Ridge, B.C., sixth.
‘’I had a best time so I’m really pleased with the race,’’ said Roxon. ‘’To get second place was a bonus.’’
In the women’s 100 backstroke, Mortimer took gold in the S10 with Rivard fourth; Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., added silver in the S8 with Bird fourth and Sarah Mailhot of Quebec City fifth. Thomas was second in the S11 and Kirsti Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., second in the S14 with Morrier third. Mehain was fourth in the S7, Skieneh and Roxon fifth and seventh in the S9 and Schmidt fourth in the S13.
Canada was fifth in the men’s 4X100 freestyle relay with Diering, Bouckley, Lavalliere and Kyle McMahon of Victoria.
Competition ends Sunday at the Kinsmen Sport Centre.
Full results: https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2011parapanpacs/
Canadian team list with hometowns: https://www.swimming.ca/PanPacificParaSwimmingTeam.aspx
De plus, il n’y a pas de secrets pour le succès international constant du Canada dans la natation paralympique quand des vétérans comme Benoît Huot, de Montréal, et Brian Hill, de Duncan, en C.-B., continuent d’accumuler les victoires comme ils l’ont fait lors de la compéition des championnats Can-Am pour les nageurs ayant un handicap.
«J’aime encore la compétition, a dit Huot, âgé de 27 ans, qui vise une quatrième participation aux Jeux paralympiques, l’an prochain, à Londres. C’est la grosse raison pour laquelle je continue. C’est long entre les Jeux et pour continuer pendant cette période de quatre ans, vous devez aimer cela.»
Huot connaît la sensation d’être champion paralympique, mais, sa catégorie de handicap est maintenant plus forte que jamais. Il a gagné sa course de 100 libre dans la catégorie S10 en 56,71.
«Les programmes d’entraînement sont bien mieux structurés partout dans le monde maintenant en para-natation, a dit Huot. Il y a beaucoup de défis pour notre sport, mais les circuits comme les championnats Can-Am sont vraiment bons et ont attiré des nageurs de l’extérieur des É.-U. et du Canada parce que c’est tellement compétitif. Au Canada, nous avons fait un travail fantastique pour attirer ces genres de compétitions.»
À 27 ans, Huot dit que les Jeux paralympiques de Londres pourraient être ses derniers et il veut se retirer au sommet.
«Je mets toute mon énergie dans la natation et j’essaie de profiter de ces moments, a-t-il dit. J’aime l’entraînement et la compétition, mais je me sens aussi un peu triste d’être rendu si loin dans ma carrière. Si j'avais la chance, j’aimerais bien la recommencer.»
L’équipe nationale canadienne de paranatation est dans sa phase finale de préparation pour les championnats para-pan-pacifiques qui auront lieu du 10 au 14 août à Edmonton.
Résultats : https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2011canam/index.html
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Competitive fire still strong for Para-swimming veteran Benoît Huot
GATINEAU, Que. – There’s no secret to Canada’s consistent international success in Paralympic swimming when veterans such as Benoit Huot of Montreal and Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., continue to inspire their younger teammates as they did last weekend with their victories at the Can/Am Championships for swimmers with a disability.
Huot knows the feeling of being Paralympic champion, but like Hill his disability class is now stronger than ever. He won his 100 freestyle race handily in the S10 category clocking 56.71.
‘’The training programs are much more structured around the world now in Para-swimming,’’ said Huot. ‘’There’s still a lot of challenges for our sport but circuits like the Can/Am are really good and have attracted swimmers from outside the U.S., and Canada because it is so competitive. In Canada we have done a tremendous job to bring in these kinds of events.’’
At 27, Huot says the London Paralympics could be his last and he wants to go out on top.
‘’I’m putting all my energy into swimming and trying to enjoy these moments,” he said. “I love training and competing but I also feel a bit sad that I’m deep into my career. I’d love to live it all over again.”
The Canadian national Para-swimming team is in its final preparation phase for the Para Pan Pacific Championships which will run from August 10-14 in Edmonton.
Full results at: https://swimming.ca/liveresults/2011canam/index.html
Benoît qui se prépare avant sa course
MINNEAPOLIS — Benoit Huot of Montreal and Summer Mortimer of Newmarket, Ont., won their respective 200-metre individual medley races Saturday at the Can Am Para swimming competition.
Huot clocked a personal-best two minutes 16.63 seconds in the men’s S10 disability category, six seconds faster than runner-up Dalton Herendeen of the U.S.
“These were the kind of performances I wanted for this point in the season,” Huot, captured his fourth gold at the event. “In five of my seven races I did my best in training times. It shows we’re doing good work and I’m on the right track for the next year and half as we build to London in 2012.”
In the women’s S10, Mortimer also dominated her 200 IM race, winning in 2:34.73 for her third gold of the competition. American Susan Scott was second in 2:41.68, while Aurelie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., finished third in 2:48.65.
“It was a good meet,” said Mortimer, 17, who won four gold and set four world records at the world championships last year. “I was happy with everything and it allowed me to see what I need to work on. I wasn’t going for world records being in heavy training. I just did what I was supposed to do.”
In the other 200 IM women’s race, visually impaired swimmers Valerie Grand’Maison of Montreal and Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., finished first in the S13 and S11 categories, respectively, while Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., and Jenna Skieneh of Windsor, Ont., were second and third, respectively, in the S9 race.
On the men’s side, Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver, Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., and Adam Rahier of Powell River, B.C., won the S11, S13 and S14 races in the 200 IM.
The competition was the first of the selection meets to determine Canada’s entry for the Para Pan Pacific championships in Edmonton in August. The next qualifier is July 15-17 in Gatineau, Que.