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World Deaf Swimming Championships (WDSC) – San Antonio, Texas

WDSC started Monday, August 17th with 4 Canadian athletes participating: Damiano Panetta and Brandon Van Wyck of Ontario, Thomas Osborn of Manitoba, and Joshua Baerg of British Columbia.

Monday 17th Summary:
Joshua Baerg qualified for the 100 Metre Men’s Breastroke final in a time of 1:11.06. He went on to place 7th, improving his time to 1:10.87. Also notable in Monday’s preliminaries was a personal best of 5:22.46 for 18 year old Damiano Panetta in the Men’s 400 Individual Medley (IM). This is Damiano’s third personal best of 3 swims at this meet! Team Canada continues to shine at the pool.

Tuesday 18th Summary:
Thomas Osborn was seated 7th in the 100 metre freestyle men’s final after swimming a blazing personal best of 54.73. He eventually went on to place 7th with a time of 55.38. Brandon Van Wyk also achieved a personal best of 59.49 in the preliminary heat. All 4 men later competed in the 4X200m freestyle relay, placing 5th with a time of 8:42.27.

Wednesday 19th Summary:
Ontario’s very own Brandon Van Wyk and Damiano Panetta had another day of personal best times. Van Wyk clocked 30.7 in the Men’s 50 metre backstroke while Panetta raced to 1:08.33 in the Men’s 100 metre butterfly and 4:42.65 in the Men’s 400 metre freestyle, securing a first alternate position for the finals later in the day.

Thomas Osborn (MB) recorded 2 personal bests and advanced to 2 finals on Day 3. Osborn raced to a 29.21 in the Men’s 50 metre backstroke. Just moments later, he dropped over 3 seconds from his personal best in the Men’s 100 metre butterfly with 1:01.50. Osborn later competed in the finals and placed 7th for both events. He improved on both of his preliminary times with 28.85 in 50 meter backstroke and 1:00.49 in 100 meter butterfly.

Team Canada also competed in Men’s 4X100 Medley Relay finals, placing 5th with a time of 4:19.25.

Thursday 20th Summary:
Team Canada members continued to post personal bests. In the Men’s 200 metre freestyle event, our Ontario swimmers Brandon Van Wyk and Damiano Panetta completed the event with times of 2:15.21 and 2:10.05, respectively. Thomas Osborn (MB) raced to a time of 26.92 in the Men’s 50 metre butterfly.

Congratulations Team Canada!

Final standings and event results can be found at:

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