High Performance Centre swimmers earn silver

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Tera Van Beilen and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, both of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver, each won a silver medal on Sunday at the U.S. Open Grand Prix swimming competition.

In the women’s 200-m individual medley, Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. was the victor in 2:12.61 with Seltenreich-Hodgson second in 2:13.79.  Theresa Michalak of Germany was third in 2:14.03.

‘’I felt I executed the race properly,’’ said Seltenreich-Hodgson, a national team member  who grew up in Ottawa before moving out west last year. ‘’My goal tonight was to get in the 2:14 range and I exceeded that for one of my best times while in training. I’ve shown a lot of improvement in all my events this year so it is very promising.’’

In the women’s 100-m breaststroke,  Laura Sogar of the U.S. took the gold 1:09.15 seconds with Van Beilen, second in 1:09.59 and Fiona Doyle of Ireland third in 1:09.61. Tianna Rissling of Medicine Hat, Alta., was eighth.

‘’I’m much more confident right now than last season,’’ said Van Beilen, a 2012 Olympian, from Oakville, Ont. ‘’As was the case tonight I’ve had some pretty good swims this season and I’m looking to build off of that for the big events this summer.’’

Seltenreich-Hodgson and Van Beilen are among Canada’s top swimmers preparing for the Commonwealth Games in July and the Pan Pacific Championships in August.

In the women’s 800-m freestyle, Brittany MacLean of the Etobicoke, Ont., collected her third medal of the competition finishing third in 8:29.51. Cierra Runge of took gold in 8:26.71 and Lotte Friis of Denmark was second in 8:27.26.

Richard Funk of Edmonton was fourth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke; Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., and Hilary Caldwell of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria fourth and fifth in the women’s 100-m backstroke and Eric Hedlin, also of the HPC–Victoria fifth in the 1500-m freestyle.

Full results: http://www.omegatiming.com/Competition?id=00010E0101FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=2014