Masse sweeps backstroke events in Rome
Rio-bound Kylie Masse had a golden sweep at the Italian International swimming competition this past weekend.
The 20-year-old won gold in the 200 metre, 100m and 50m backstroke competitions in Rome, which included a Canadian record time on Friday.
Masse completed the preliminaries of the 50m in 27.67 seconds, beating her own national record of 27.84s posted in February. She went on to win the final with a time of 27.82s.
On Saturday, the Windsor, Ontario native won her second gold medal, taking the 100m backstroke with a time of 59.66s.
On Sunday, Masse completed the backstroke sweep by winning the 200m in a time of two minutes and 8.79s, which was a personal best.
“It means so much to win with the Games coming up,” Masse told Swimming.ca. “I’m really seeing a lot of progress thanks to the hard work I’m putting in and I have to continue with making the necessary adjustments.”
Penny Oleksiak also had a strong showing at the competition by winning three medals. She finished second in the 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly while winning bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Katerine Savard also had a great weekend, winning the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle at the Quebec Cup in Montreal. She set a Canadian record in the 50m butterfly, posting a time of 25.92s in the preliminaries.