Triple gold for Franklin, meet record for Lacroix

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VANCOUVER – Missy Franklin won her fifth, sixth and seventh gold medals of the meet as the Mel Zajac Canada Cup – Vancouver wrapped up Sunday at the University of British Columbia.

The 19-year-old American star took the women’s 100-metre freestyle and backstroke, unfazed by the quick turnaround for back-to-back events. Representing the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears, Franklin posted a time of 1:00.97 to win the backstroke event, then dove back in to take the freestyle in 55.71.

Canadian national team members Victoria Poon (55.93) and Sandrine Mainville (56.12) of Montreal’s Club de Natation des Piscines du Parc Olympique rounded out the top three in the 100-m free. Franklin then combined with her Cal teammates for a win in the 4×100 medley relay.

National team veteran Audrey Lacroix, also representing PPO, proved she’s still a force to be reckoned with in the women’s 200-m butterfly. The 30-year-old Pont-Rouge, Que., native set a new meet record of 2:09.80 in her signature event.

Two Canadian national team members completed sweeps of their respective strokes. Edmonton’s Richard Funk took the men’s 50-m breaststroke in 28.55, while Calgary’s Russell Wood capped his backstroke hat trick with a 56.68 in the 100-m.

Marie-Soleil Jean-Lachapelle of Montreal’s CAMO club took the women’s 50-m breaststroke in 32.18.

Funk’s Michigan Wolverines teammate Geoff Cheah ended a strong meet with a win in the men’s 100-m freestyle. Stefan Milosevic was the top Canadian – the 18-year-old from Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Vancouver clocked in at 50.80 for second place.

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