The Canadian women got off to a strong start at the world short-course swimming championship, capturing a pair of medal on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.
Tessa Cieplucha claimed gold in the women’s 400-metre individual medley in a personal-best effort.
Cieplucha from Oakville, Ont., finished with a time of four minutes 25.55 seconds, which was 0.97 seconds ahead of Ireland’s Ellen Walshe. American Melanie Margalis earned bronze with a time of 4:26.63.
The only other Canadian in the field was Bailey Anderson from Smith Falls, Ont., who placed fifth. She swam to a time of 4:28.97.
WATCH | Tessa Cieplucha swims to gold:
Earlier in the day, Rebecca Smith won a silver medal in the women’s 200m freestyle final.
Smith, from Red Deer, Alta., swam to a time of 1:52.24 which is a short-course Canadian record. However, it was still 1.93 seconds back of Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey, who had a world-record time of 1:50.31 to claim gold. American Paige Madden won bronze with a time of 1:53.01.
WATCH | Smith claims world short-course championship silver:
Sommer McIntosh, from Toronto, the other Canadian in the field finished fifth, finishing with a time of 1:53.65.