MacLean just misses podium, Savard in hunt for a third medal


KAZAN, Russia – Brittany MacLean swam the race the way she wanted but wasn’t happy with the final result Monday at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

MacLean just missed the podium in the 200-metre freestyle, finishing fourth. She will now focus on Tuesday’s 400-m freestyle. Four other Canadians advanced to finals in the final day of competition in the pool.

The meet ends Wednesday with the open water swim.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., will be looking to her third medal of the meet when she joins Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., in the 200-m butterfly final. Tianna Rissling of Redcliff, Alta., will have a chance for her first podium after advancing to the 50-m breaststroke final while Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que., will race for a medal in the 50-m freestyle.

Swimming Canada has sent a 38-member team (19 men and 19 women) to Kazan. The swimming events run through July 17 and can be viewed at with results posted at

Canadian swimmers have won five medals at the meet. Savard, 20, leads the charge with a gold in the 100-m butterfly and silver in the 50 fly. Eric Hedlin won bronze in the 800-m freestyle. Canada has also won bronze in the women’s 4×100 and 4×200-m freestyle relay.

MacLean’s time of one minute, 58.53 seconds left her .33 behind third-place finisher Caitlin McClatchey of the U.S. Russia’s Andreeva Vikktoriiya won the race in a Universiade record 1:57.31.

“Coming fourth is a little disappointing,” said MacLean, who swam on both relay teams. “The time is a really good for me, so I can’t complain.”

The 19-year-old is dealing with a shoulder problem and a hamstring injury suffered at the World Championship team trials in April. She felt good in the water during the race.

“Normally I try to stay with the field at the beginning, just have a strong first 100, then in the second 50 I try to push it a little bit and set myself up for the last 50, which is usually my strongest,” she said. “I guess I was just not close enough to catch anyone.

“I gave it my all today. To have a time that was pretty close to my best is really exciting for me.”

MacLean should threaten in Tuesday’s 400-m freestyle. She finished seventh in the event at last summer’s London Olympics.

“I’m excited for the 400,” she said. “I’m just feeding off the monument from the rest of the team.”

Rissling’s time of 31.47 seconds is the sixth fastest heading into the 50-m breaststroke final. Russia’s Iulia Efimova was the fastest in qualifying at 30.72 seconds.

“I think the environment will lend a lot to my swimming,” said Rissling. “I think I can get a little more out of myself and hopefully do another best time.”

Tera Van Beilen, 20, of Oakville, Ont., who is battling the flu, failed to advance after finishing sixth in her semifinal in 32 seconds.

Savard led for most of her semifinal heat in the 200-m fly but finished third. Her time of 2:12.29 left her fifth overall. Horner, 24, was seventh in 2:14.67.

Mainville, 21, had the fifth fastest time in the 50 free, finishing in 25.32. Caroline Lapierre-Lemire, 22, of Temiscamingue, Que., failed to advance after finishing 11th in 25.55

In other finals, Savannah King, 21, of Vernon, B.C., was eighth in the 800-m freestyle in 8:43.15. Italy’s Martina De Memme won in 8:28.09.

The men’s 4×200-m relay team of Frank Despond, 22, of Hamilton, Alec Page, 19, of Cortes Island, B.C., Russell Wood, 19, of Calgary, and Allen Coleman, 20, of Vancouver, finished seventh in 7:23.55. Russia won easily, setting a Universiade record of 7:05.49.

Kelly Aspinall, 23, of Nanoose Bay, B.C., was in a swim-off to advance to the semifinals of the 50-m freestyle but was beaten at the wall by Luke Pendock of South Africa. His time of 22.84 seconds  left him 18th overall.

Scott Harrigan
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