Franklin, several Canadians among Canada Cup winners

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VANCOUVER – Friday’s action at the Mel Zajac Canada Cup – Vancouver featured a mix of strong performances from Canadian national team swimmers and visiting international stars.

Several Canadians won events Friday, including Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver athletes swimming in their home pool. Olympian Tera Van Beilen won the women’s 100-m breaststroke in 1:10.09, beating out her national team teammate Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C.

(1:10.84). Meanwhile, fellow national team member Coleman Allen took the men’s 200-m freestyle in 1:52.31. Noemie Thomas was fastest in the women’s 50-m butterfly, touching the wall in 27.02.

World record holder Missy Franklin won the women’s 200-m backstroke in a time of 2:09.57, ahead of Elizabeth Pelton’s 2:10.89. The Americans are teammates with the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears. Genevieve Cantin of Laval, Que., was the top Canadian in third place at 2:12.76, followed by fellow national team member Brooklynn Snodgrass of Calgary (2:13.85). Franklin also won the 200-m freestyle in 2:00.03, fending off challenges from Samantha Cheverton (2:00.95) and Alyson Ackman (2:01.42) of Montreal.

She then capped her night by anchoring Cal’s 4×100-m freestyle relay to a victory over Canada’s A team. Rachael Acker, Caroline Piehl, Pelton and Franklin combined for a time of 3:44.26 to edge out Canada’s Victoria Poon, Sandrine Mainville, Michelle Williams and Ackman (3:44.60). Franklin’s leg of 54.65 was more than a second faster than every competitor except Chantal Van Landeghem of the Canada B team (55.49). The Winnipeg native combined with Samantha Cheverton, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson and Brittany MacLean for a third-place finish of 3:47.67.

Team Canada capped the night with a win in the men’s 4×100-m free relay, as Yuri Kisil, Allen, Luke Peddie and Evan White combined for a time of 3:25.60. In second place was the Male Relay Initiative group of 18- and 19-year-olds: Stefan Milosevic, Jonathan Brown, Marshal Parker and Justin Chan turned in a time of 3:28.49, with Chan’s anchor leg of 51.37 leading the way.

Other Canadian winners included Calgary’s Russell Wood, who took the men’s 200-m backstroke in 2:02.12, while Edmonton’s Richard Funk won the men’s 100-m breaststroke in 1:02.48. Both Wood and Funk will represent Canada at this summer’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships.

Tristan Cote of Etobicoke, Ont., beat out national team member Luke Reilly for the win in the men’s 400-m individual medley, clocking 4:29.46 to top Reilly’s 4:31.24.

In the men’s 50 fly it was a 1-2 finish for Michigan Wolverines, with Geoff Cheah edging out Sean Fletcher by 0.03 with a time of 24.81. Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz won the women’s 400-m individual medley in 4:42.81.

The meet runs through Sunday. Action got underway Thursday with national team members sweeping the distance events. Ryan Cochrane won the men’s 800-m freestyle (7:57.22). Eric Hedlin, his teammate at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria, took the 1,500-m in 15:33.61. Tabitha Baumann, representing Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, took the women’s 1,500-m free in 16:41.31, while Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., was tops in the 800 at 8:38.76.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/canubc/2014/zajac/

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