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Rivard claims third medal of Glasgow Para Swimming World Series

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Aurelie Rivard picked up a third freestyle medal on the final day of the Glasgow leg of the World Para Swimming World Series.

Rivard, of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., finished the 50-metre freestyle in 28.20 seconds, good for 914 points and a bronze medal in the multi-class event. Great Britain’s Alice Tai won gold with 1030 points, and Carlotta Gilli of Italy took silver with 926.

“I’m very satisfied with how I performed. It’s very important for me to be able to swim fast before the big events. Now I know what I need to work on, and what I have confidence in heading into worlds.”

Rivard’s other two medals came on Thursday and Friday in the 100-m and 400-m freestyle. Despite her success, the 22-year-old isn’t only focusing on the freestyle events leading into the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships in London.

“I’m still working on other events, I’m not 100% sure what my schedule will look like in Tokyo or London. Obviously I love freestyle but I’m going to try to swim other events as well.”

Three other Canadians competed in the World Series event at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., just missed the podium in the 50-m butterfly on Friday. Routliffe, an S7 swimmer finished fourth with 657 points in 38.89. Routliffe also came ninth in the 100-m breaststroke in 1:35.76 with 779 points.

Justine Morrier, also of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., finished twelfth in the multi-class 100-m butterfly with a time of 1:13.19.

Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk swam only the multi-class 100-m backstroke where she finished 16th in 1:30.58.

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