By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor—Sherbrooke, Que.
Owen Daly, the Newfoundland and Labrador flagbearer and a medal contender in swimming for these 2013 Canada Summer Games, finished seventh in the 100 metre freestyle A final Monday night.
Daly had the seventh-fastest preliminary time of 52:09, and improved that in the final with a 51:85 showing.
“I swam a good race for the first 80 metres,” Daly said, “but the last 20 metres, I was dead.
“I shortened up and I could start to feel the lactic acid building up in my lats and my shoulders, and I slipped off a bit the last 20 metres.”
A pair of Albertans — Yuri Kisil and Anthony Lyons — finished one-two with Mitchel Kane Ferraro winning bronze. The gold-medal time was 51:47.
The 51:85 showing by Daly was a personal best, and the 100 metres is one of his strongest races.
He is expected to make A finals, at least, in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly and 50 free.
Meanwhile, Gavin Dyke of Mount Pearl won the B final in 53:08.
Dyke had just missed qualifying for the A final by one-hundredth of a second.
“I lost by a hundredth of a second before in a much longer race,” said Dyke, who, like Daly, is 18.
“It hurts, but you have try and block it out and swim again.
“I would have loved to have been in the A final even if I was eighth. But it was nice to win that B final.”
In other swimming results, Maggie Whelan was sixth and Darci Tucker seventh in the 50m breaststroke B final, Allison Somers eighth in the 200m butterfly B final and Catherine Silotch sixth and Becca Dyer eighth in the B final of the 100m free.
Following a huge 78-65 upset win over British Columbia Sunday night, a result Newfoundland and Labrador hasn’t seen at the Canada Summer Games since this province beat B.C. in men’s soccer in 2001 in London, Ont., Newfoundland dropped a 66-50 decision to a much bigger Quebec side Monday.
Like the soccer team Monday morning, Newfoundland didn’t give an inch to Quebec in the first half, with Brett Warren and Stephen Ryan dropping three-pointers in the dying seconds to keep the game tied 29-29 at the half.
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Five minutes into the third quarter, Quebec had only a five-point lead, but pulled away late in the quarter for a 50-38 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Christian Greenland had 10 points for Newfoundland.
Against B.C. Sunday, Brett Warren netted 28 points and had seven assists and seven rebounds. Cole Long netted 14 points, with six rebounds.
The hapless baseball team dropped their fourth straight, as Manitoba won 12-0. Newfoundland managed only two hits, by Parker Gulliver and Travis Taylor.
In the double-handed 29er class (females), Newfoundlanders Courtney Gray and Hollie Spurrell wwere sitting in fifth place through Monday.
The province’s male 29er team of Daniel Rees and Eon Lee is seventh, while in single-handed Laser male, Nick Gauvreau is eighth.
Same story with softball as winless Newfoundland was no-hit by Alberta to the tune of 7-0, and B.C. scored an easy 16-1 win. Janie O’Leary and Hilary Young had the only hits for Newfoundland against B.C.
In the mountain bike relay on Mont Bellevue, Newfoundland’s team of Jordan Hodder, Adam Parsons and Seamus Boyd-Porter finished seventh of 11 teams in the final.
The Newfoundland men’s volleyball team got a taste of victory, beating P.E.I. (25-22, 25-18, 34-32) and the Yukon (26-28, 26-24, 15-25, 25-23, 15-13).
The women weren’t quite as lucky, losing their fourth straight game 3-1 to New Brunswick (25-20, 25-23, 25-27, 25-14).