Strong weekend for Canadians

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MINNEAPOLIS – Brittany MacLean set another NCAA record as Canadians made a statement at the Division I Women’s Championships over the weekend.

The 20-year-old Etobicoke, Ont., native followed up her exciting 500-yard freestyle win by shattering the mile record by nearly 10 seconds, swimming the 1,650 yards in a time of 15:27.84 Saturday. Her time of 9:23.78 at the 1,000-yard mark also established a new NCAA record, her third of the championships.

MacLean’s University of Georgia Bulldogs won the overall team title at the meet, while MacLean herself was recognized as Swimmer of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

“I’m so happy to be with my team and to experience this. This is unreal, I can’t believe it,” she said after accepting the award. “It was just an amazing finish to a great weekend. I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.”

MacLean wasn’t the only Bulldog to receive recognition, as Winnipeg’s Chantal Van Landeghem, 20, took home the Elite 89 Academic Recognition Award as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at the championships.

Meanwhile, two other Canadians captured national championships over the weekend. Calgary’s Brooklynn Snodgrass, 19, followed MacLean’s mile with a win in the 200-yard backstroke, making it back-to-back Canadian champions. Snodgrass swims for the Indiana University Hoosiers.

Earlier in the meet Paige Miller of Caledon, Ont., took the 100-yard backstroke title for the Texas A&M Aggies. It was the final NCAA championship for the 22-year-old.

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