July 5,2014(ISN) – VICHY, France – Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria looked sharp at
the French Open swimming competition which concluded on Saturday earning gold medals
in the 400-metre freestyle and 1500-m freestyle.


On Saturday, Cochrane took the 1500-m freestlyle, the event in which he won an
Olympic silver in 2012 and bronze in 2008, clocking 15 minutes and 09.33 seconds.
Damien Joly of France was second in 15:15.41 and his compatriot Anthony Pannier
third in 15:22.78.

”It’s always hard to know where you stand in the 1500 until you race it
internationally,” said Cochrane, among a handful of swimmers from the Swimming
Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria tuning up here for the Commonwealth Games
in three weeks and the Pan Pacific Championships next month.

”I was pretty pleased with the performance tonight. It’s exciting to know where I
can potentially be in two weeks. There’s always a bit of nervousness in your first
1500 of the season but having a lot of experience really helps.”

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., came within 0.21 seconds on a medal in the
women’s 100-m backstroke finishing fourth. She was also fourth in the 200-m
backstroke and seventh in the 50-m backstroke.

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem reached two finals placing fifth in the women’s 200-m
individual medley and eighth in the 200-m backstroke.

William Brothers of Victoria was fifth in the 400-m individual medley.