Russell and McCabe step on podium at U.S., Winter Nationals

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Martin Richard

ATLANTA (December 3, 2011) – Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., and Martha McCabe of Vancouver reached the podium on Saturday to conclude the U.S., Winter Nationals swimming competition.

In the women’s 200 backstroke, Melis Franklin of the U.S., was the winner in 2:07.14 with Russell second in 2:09.84 and Elizabeth Pelton of the U.S., third in 2:09.89. Russell, 18, was just over a second off her Canadian record set in a ninth place finish at the world championships in Shanghai this past summer.

Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., was fourth, Barbara Jardin of Montreal seventh and Julia Wilkinson of Victoria 10th.

In the women’s 200 breaststroke, Rebecca Soni of the U.S., took the gold in 2:21.46 followed by Amanda Beard in second at 2:24.46 and McCabe, the world championship bronze medallist, third in 2:25.08.

Tera Van Beilen of Oakville was eighth and Hanna Pierse of Vancouver, the sister of world record holder Annamay Pierse, was 10th.

Other women’s results Saturday: Savannah King of Vancouver and Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria were fourth and fifth in the 800 freestyle; Chantal VanLandeghem of Winnipeg, Victoria Poon of Montreal and Sandrine Mainville of Montreal were eighth, ninth and 10th in the 100 freestyle and Audrey Lacroix of Montreal seventh in the 200 butterfly.

On the men’s side: Mike Brown of Calgary was sixth in the 200 breaststroke; Stefan Hirniak of Victoria and Zack Chetrat of Oakville sixth and eighth in the 200 fly; Sean Penhale of Calgary seventh in the 1,500 freestyle; Richard Hortness of London, Ont., ninth in the 100 freestyle; and Tobias Oriwol of Toronto 10th in the 200 backstroke.

Canada’s other medals this were all bronze earned by Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., in the women’s 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle and Ryan Cochrane of Victoria in the men’s 400 freestyle.

Full results: http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/Winter%20Nats/2011/

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