Silver medals for Hayden, Dickens at Santa Clara

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SANTA CLARA, California – Brent Hayden and Scott Dickens, both of Vancouver, continued to display strong early season form with silver medal performances on Friday at the Santa Clara swimming competition.

In the mens 200-metre freestyle, Richard Berens of the U.S., won the gold medal clocking one minute and 47.18 seconds. Hayden, the leader heading into the final length followed in 1:47.79 and Patrick Murphy of Australia was third in 1:47.88.

Brian Johns of Vancouver was seventh.

Hayden, like the other Canadians here, is building for the world championship team trials set for July 8-11 in Montreal. The worlds are set for later in July in Rome.

“Brent’s first 125 metres was the best part of his race”, said Haydens coach Tom Johnson. “For him to have that kind of speed at this point in the season is really good. Still he is feeling the effects from all the hard training and he couldnt finish it the way he would have liked.”

In the mens 100 breaststroke, Brenton Rickard of Australia took the gold in 1:01.44 with Dickens second in 1:01.90 and Scott Spann of the U.S., third in 1:02.36. Dickens has been a big story for the Canadian team this year after coming agonizingly close to making the Olympic squad last season.

“Scott’s shown a lot of character”, said Johnson. “He is delivering the performances that we know he is capable of. Hes racing well and he is consistently able to bring his game to the level that it needs to be at.”

Other Canadian finalists in mens competition were Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., sixth in the 200 butterfly, Vancouvers UBC Dolphins sixth in the 4X100 freestyle relay with Tommy Gossland, Rory Biskupski, Matt Hawes and Duncan Furrer and Jordan Hartney of Vancouver seventh in the 400 individual medley.

Canadian finalists in womens competition were Martha McCabe and Hanna Pierse, both of Vancouver, fourth and seventh respectively in the 200 breaststroke and Kevyn Peterson of Calgary seventh in the 400 freestyle.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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