Pierse, Downing, Stefanyshyn, Hawes complete golden stroke sweeps at Team Aquatic Supplies B.C., Senior Championships

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VANCOUVER – Annamay Pierse, Kelly Stefanyshyn and Matt Hawes, all of Vancouver, and Mackenzie Downing of Victoria, completed golden stroke sweeps on Saturday to conclude the Team Aquatic Supplies B.C., Senior Championships swimming competition.

Pierse, one of Canada’s top swimmers in 2007, earned her third breaststroke gold taking Saturday’s 100-metre race in 1:10.64. Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., was second in 1:12.70 and Haylee Johnson of Vancouver third in 1:12.89.

In the women’s 100 backstroke, Stefanyshyn completed her golden backstroke sweep clocking 1:04.59 for her third victory this week. Caitlin Meredith of Vancouver was second in 1:05.99 and Michelle Landry of Vancouver third in 1:07.08.

In the women’s 200 butterfly, Downing made it three-for-three in the stroke clocking 2:13.70. Brenna Maclean of West Vancouver was second in 2:14.62 and Courtenay Landsiedel of Langley was third in 2:20.41.

Other winners in women’s competition were two-time world championship medallist Brittany Reimer of Vancouver in the 200 freestyle, Tanya Hunks of Vancouver in the 400 individual medley and Stephanie Nicholls of Vancouver in the 50 freestyle. It was a second victory for Reimer and Hunks.

On the men’s side, Hawes continued his backstroke domination with a victory in the 100-metre race in 56.97. Brian Johns of Vancouver was second in 58.99 and Nicholas Sinclair of Victoria third in 59.33. Hawes also won the 50 and 200 backstrokes this weekend.

Other winners in men’s competition were Johns in the 200 freestyle, Scott Dickens of Vancouver in the 200 breaststroke, Matt Rose of Victoria in the 50 freestyle and Erich Schmitt of Vancouver in the 400 IM. It was a second win for Johns and Dickens.

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