SHERBROOKE, QC – BC swimmers raked in an additional two gold and four bronze today, brining Team BC’s overall total to 17 medals in these Games.
Hayley Black (Prince George) kicked things off, taking bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke. Shortly after, Markus Thormeyer (Delta) took bronze in the men’s 100 m backstroke. The 15-year old clocked a time of 56.64 which broke the longstanding provincial record for this race, in this age group. Dalton Boon also swam his way to a a bronze in men’s para 100m backstroke event, his third medal in these Games thus far.
Magnus Batara (Richmond) took gold in the men’s Special Olympic 50m backstroke, while Emily Overholt took gold in the women’s 100m freestyle event. Both Batara and Overholt have earned two gold medals at these Games. The day ended with the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay team taking bronze, for a total of six medals won at the pool today.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team today,” said Head Coach Mike Flegel. “Building on yesterday’s successes, the team performed well and everyone is looking forward to finishing the meet with the strength that they have demonstrated from the start.”
On the Court
It was another strong day for Team BC tennis, building on the successes of the pool round. Spirits were high at Centre Rock Forest as Team BC faced quarterfinals and semifinals in individual singles matches.
In women’s singles, Alexis Katelyn Prokopuik (West Vancouver) came out strong defeated Quebec’s Aïssa Muamba, winning in two sets 7-5 7-5. Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford) lost her quarterfinal 3-6 3-6. In the semifinals, Prokopuik faced off against Quebec’s Marie-Alexandre Leduc to win her first set 7-5 and her second 6-1.
“I feel confident and ready to compete at the best level that we can,” said Prokopuik. “We have some momentum going into the matches and if we stay focused we can pull it out and come out on top.”
On the men's singles side, teammates Alexander Day (Vancouver) and Kyryll Kryvchun (West Vancouver) met in an all-BC quarterfinal, with Day coming out ahead in three sets 6-1 5-7 6-4. Day then faced off with Hugo Di Feo of Quebec and, in front of a hometown crowd, prevailed needing an extra set 6-3 3-6 7-5.
In the women’s doubles semifinals, Stacey Fung (North Vancouver) and Daniella Silva (White Rock) took on Team Alberta’s Claire Koke and Ally Miller to win both sets 6-2 6-2, while Felix Fan (Richmond) and Patrick Hall (Vancouver) took Courteau and Cyrenne of Quebec 3-6 7-5 6-4.
At the end of the day, BC has qualified players for all four individual gold medal matches. Day will face Harrison Scott of Alberta, Prokopuik will face Erin Routliffe of Ontario, and Fan and Hall will face the doubles team from Ontario. Fung and Silva`s opponent will be the winner of the semifinal between Alberta and Ontario. This is in addition to the team Gold medal final where BC will face Ontario, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday.
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About Team BC
Every four years the Province of British Columbia assembles a team of athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff to represent the province at Canada's premiere multi-sport events - the Canada Winter Games, the Canada Summer Games and the Western Canada Summer Games. Representing the best in BC, they are known as Team BC. The Team BC program is more than British Columbia's best; it is also about building excellence. For some athletes, the Canada Games are a goal along the way to what they hope will be success in sport at major multi-sport Games including Olympic and Paralympic Games.
About the Canada Games
The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition with participation from every province and territory in Canada. The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer. The 2013 Canada Summer Games will be held August 2 – 17, 2013 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, bringing together approximately 4,500 athletes who will be competing in 20 disciplines, along with coaches, managers and officials from coast to coast.
For more information on Team BC, including latest results, athlete profiles and calendar of upcoming events, visit www.teambc.org. High resolution images are available for download through flickr.com or directly on Team BC’s website.
Team BC Media Contact in Sherbrooke:
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