Canadians win gold at U.S. short course nationals

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Brooklyn-Snodgrass

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Richard Funk of Edmonton and Brooklyn Snodgrass of Calgary each won a gold medal on Friday night at the U.S. Nationals short course swimming championships.

In the men’s 100 yards breaststroke, Funk was seeded fourth heading into the event final but took nearly a second off of his time from the morning (53.12) to place atop the podium in 52.36. He won out of lane six, defeating Portuguese Olympian and record-holder Carlos Almeida by less than two tenths-of-a-second. Funk came very close to reaching the NCAA ‘A’ standard (52.29).

In the women’s 100 yard backstroke, Snodgrass led wire-to-wire in putting up her winning time of 51.59. That is an NCAA automatic qualifying time for the 2014 NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke. Snodgrass won the bronze medal in the 50-m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games.

Kennedy Goss of Toronto, also racing for Indiana, notched her second individual medal of the competition finishing second in the 200 yard freestyle. Goss’ time of 1:44.87 was a season best. She was also third Thursday in the 500-yard freestyle.

Competition ends Saturday.

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