SANTA CLARA, Calif. – For the second straight night Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., and Ryan Cochrane of Victoria won silver and bronze medals on Friday at the final stop on the U.S. Grand Prix swimming circuit.
In the women’s 400-m freestyle, Lotte Friis of Denmark took the gold clocking four minutes and 06.83 seconds. MacLean, second in the 1500-m freestyle on Thursday, followed in 4:07.23 and Andreina Pinto of Venezuela was third in 4:07.25.
‘’I was really happy with that race,’’ said MacLean. ‘’My last 50 I had a really strong drop in time but I’d like to make my move earlier in the race. But I felt great and very strong in the water.’’
In the men’s 400-m freestyle, Connor Jaeger led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in 3:47.98. Michael McBroom was second in 3:49.26 and Cochrane, a two-time Olympic medallist, took third in 3:50.84. Cochrane was also third in the 800-m free on Thursday.
‘’We are all at different places in our training right now but it is exciting to see the work paying off although we could feel some of its effects,’’ said Cochrane. ‘’The preliminaries were especially hard so I was happy to come back with a faster time in the final and have a better pace to my race.’’
Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., was fourth in the women’s 200-m breaststroke in 2:30.34 missing a berth on the podium by 0.32 seconds.
Competition runs until Sunday.