July 18, 2014
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (SMU) - Senior Rachel Nicol is competing for the third-straight day at the 2014 Canadian National Championship, and tonight she finishes with a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke.
The Lethbridge, Alberta, native finished .33 seconds ahead of Fiona Doyle, who outpaced Nicol in the 100-breaststroke, for the win. Nicol touched the wall in 31.16.
Nicol entered the event with the fourth-seeded time (31.85) and dropped .47 seconds to earn the top spot heading into Friday night's final with a 31.38. In all, Nicol dropped .69 seconds between her seeded time and her championship performance.
Nicol has already earned a pair of silver medals at the Championship after stellar performances in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. On night one and two she improved her time from her preliminary performances, and her runner-up performance in the 100-meter breaststroke was only .08 seconds behind the event's champion.
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