Chris Zuk, Bisons Athletics
WINNIPEG - Bison women's rookie swimmer Kelsey Wog ended the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Windsor, Ontario with a spectacular swim, earning a second-place finish in the women's 200m breaststroke on Sunday.
This was the first-ever FINA World Short Course (25m) Swimming Championships were staged in Canada.
"It's unreal, especially at home. I think that home crowd definitely gave me more motivation to go faster. I was added to the team later and I had no idea I could do this. It will give me a lot of confidence to go into training and know that I can be up there. I guess we're all just feeding off of each other's performances and pushing ourselves because we can be up there," said Wog.
Wog, 18, earned a medal during her first senior swim meet. The Winnipeg native narrowly missed out on a gold, as her 2:18.52 time was only .01 away from first-place finisher Molly Renshaw of Great Britain. Wog's silver medal time was a personal best and her fastest by almost three seconds, as she was seeded tenth heading into heats.
"What a race Kelsey put together. It's a fantastic introduction into senior national swimming" stated Bison swim coach Vlastimil (Vlastik) Cerny from Windsor. "She prepared the whole week for her individual swim and still wrote two exams while at Windsor – a true student-athlete. It was very impressive that Kelsey kept her composure and delivered what she trained."
The 5'7" swimmer was also part of Canada's 4x50m medley relay team that swam to a fourth-place finish (1:46.00) on Wednesday, December 7. The team was .02 from a bronze medal and Wog swam the second leg.
With files from Swimming Canada.