The Canadian swimming team has had many too-close-for-comfort moments during the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Tammy Cunnington and Nikita Ens might have what it takes to win a medal. Both will race to qualify for the women’s 150-metre individual medley finals on Friday night.
Cunnington will compete in three events during Tokyo 2020: the 150-metre individual medley SM4, 50-metre breastroke B3 and the 50-metre backstroke S4.
The Red Deer, Alta. native set five personal bests in 2019, training up to when the 2020 Paralympics were supposed to happen.
Cunnington set another PB in the 150-metre medley at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Championships with a time of 3:32.59.
She captured two medals throughout the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, a gold in the 50-metre backstroke S4 and bronze in the 150-metre individual medley.
At Rio 2016, she did not make the top-10 in any event, her best result being 11th in the 50-metre butterfly S5. The 45-year-old also raced in the 50-metre freestyle and 150-metre individual medley.
The 32-year-old made her first major appearance in 2019 at the London Para Swimming Championships.
Ens raced in four events: 100-metre freestyle S3, 50-metre backstroke S3, 150-metre individual medley SM4 and 50-metre freestyle S4.
The Meadow Lake, SK native made it to the finals in the 100-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke, setting Canadian records in both events.
Most recently in June of 2021, Ens set two new personal bests at the Internationale Deutsche Para Meisterschaften in both the 100-metre breastroke and 200-metre freestyle.
Both women look to continue Canada’s success in the pool Friday night.