Martin Richard

AUSTIN, Texas (January 15, 2012) – MacKenzie Downing of Whitehorse and Jillian Tyler of Calgary helped Canada to victory in the women’s 4X100 medley relay and added an individual bronze on Sunday to conclude the U.S., Grand Prix swimming competition.

Swim Ontario added a silver in the men’s relay and Stefan Hirniak of Victoria was third in the 200 butterfly.

In the women’s relay, Canada won in 4:06.67 with Julia Wilkinson of Victoria, Tyler, Downing and Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria. Texas A&M relays were second and third. Swim Ontario was fourth with Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Erin Stamp of Guelph, and Paige Schultz and Lauren Earp, both of Toronto.

In the men’s 4X100 medley relay, North Carolina’s SwimMAC was first in 3:44.68 followed by Swim Ontario in 3:48.01 with Tobias Oriwol and Warren Barnes of Toronto, Zack Chetrat of Oakville and Andrew Ford of Guelph.

In the women’s 200 butterfly, Camille Adams of the U.S., was the winner in 2:06.76, Jemma Lowe of Britain, second in 2:07.39 and Downing followed in 2:10.04.

”I’m really excited about getting on the podium,” said Downing. ”In the past year I have just missed the medals at the U.S., meets so this is a really good feeling. I’ve been training hard and working on my race tactics. I really came back strong in the last 100 metres.”

In the women’s 100 breaststroke, world champion Rebecca Soni of the U.S., took the gold in 1:06.88, Breeja Larson of the U.S., was second in 1:08.29 and Tyler followed in 1:08.33. Haylee Johnson of Vancouver was seventh and Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., eighth.

”I was just coming off a training camp in Hawaii so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Tyler. ”The highlight for me was emerging in the lead after my underwater start. It’s an area I really want to improve.”

In the men’s 200 butterfly, Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa was the victor in 2:00.83, David Russell of the U.S., was second in 2:00.98 and Hirniak was third in 2:01.89. Chetrat was fourth in 2:01.84 and Alec Page of Victoria sixth in 2:02.87.

”I was hoping for the victory but I mistimed my finish,” said Hirniak. ”Still I’m pretty happy with the result after a tough meet. I’m not where I want to be yet with my stroke but I’m improving my technique.”

In other women’s finals, MacLean was fourth in the 800 freestyle; Wilkinson and Komarnycky were fourth and sixth in the 200 IM; and Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., and Brooklyn Snodgrass of Calgary were seventh and eighth in the 100 backstroke.

On the men’s side, Ford was fourth in the 200 IM and Page sixth in the 1,500 freestyle.

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