Canada’s top Para swimmers wrapped up competition today at the 2015 US Paralympic Swimming Open/Can-Am Open at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.
26-year-old Danial Murphy of the Sackville Waves Aquatic Team (SWAT) and 21-year-old Malina Nazaryan of the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club (HTAC) were Nova Scotia’s two swimmers in attendance amongst 200 other competitors.
In addition to Danial’s individual events, he was a member of Canada’s Mixed Multi-Class 200m Freestyle Relay that finished first with a 3:13.02. Joining Murphy on the relay were teammates Adam Purdy (London, ON), Valerie Drapeau (Montreal, PQ) and Tammy Cunningham (Ponoka, AB).
The Can-Am swim meets are designed to bring all Para-swimmers in Canada and the United States together twice a year to compete in stand alone competitions that promotes fast swimming from development to the international level.
The Can-Am Open was the last major competition before the 2016 Para-Swimming Trials set to take place in Toronto, April 5-10, 2016. This meet serves as the nomination trials for the 2016 Paralympic Games for Swimming Canada.
Swimmer/ Classification Distance/Stroke Place/Time
Danial Murphy S5
50m Backstroke 2nd/54.46
200m Freestyle 2nd/3:08.58
50m Butterfly 2nd/49.26
50m Freestyle 2nd/42.26
100m Freestyle 1st/1:29.31
200m Individual Medley 1st/4:17.56
Malina Nazaryan S9
50m Freestyle 11th/42.08