Red Deer product Kyla Leibel was the youngest member of the 35-swimmer Canadian Senior National Team that was in Toyko for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships from Aug. 9-12. (Photo by Irwin Wong/ Tokyo 2018 Pan Pacific Championships)

Red Deer’s Kyla Leibel helps relay team to bronze at Pan Am Games

In her first appearance at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games, Kyla Leibel had a day she’ll never forget.

The 17-year-old helped Canada earn bronze in the pool Tuesday, swimming one leg of the 4X100 metre freestyle.

As the second Canadian in the race, Leibel finished her swim in 57.25 seconds.

The University of Texas commit and her Canadian teammates finished less than a second behind Brazil who earned silver and just over a second behind the gold medal-winning American group.

“It was great to see our swimmers show their toughness,” said Canadian swimming team leader Iain McDonald in a press release.

“They were in some tight races and they really fought hard coming back from outside podium positions to get their hands on a medal.”

Leibel will swim the 50m freestyle, her signature event on Friday in Lima, Peru. At 25.43 seconds, she has the sixth-fastest time heading into the heats.

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