Canadas Noemie Thomas wins gold at Pro Swim Series


AUSTIN, Tex. – Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., earned one of three Canadian medals on Thursday to open the second stop on the Pro Swim Series circuit.

Thomas took the race in 58.57 seconds with American swimmers Katie McLaughlin in second at 58.77 and Cassidy Bayer third at 59.31.

Canada’s two other medals were won in the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay.

Swim MAC Carolina was first in 3:24.88 followed by Vancouver’s UBC in second at 3:24.95 and the University of Calgary third in 3:29.69.

The UBC swimmers were Luke Peddie, Coleman Allen, Stefan Milosevic and Yuril Kisil. The Calgary foursome featured David Woodman, Russell Wood, Tristan Cote and Bogdan Knezevic. The University of Alberta and Edmonton Keyano were fifth and seventh.

Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre-Victoria missed a medal by 0.11 seconds finishing fourth in the 400-m freestyle in 3:49.64. Connor Jaeger led an American sweep for gold in 3:47.58. Conor Dwyer was second in 3:49.33 and Michael McBroom third in 3:49.53.

UBC was fourth in the women’s 4×100-m freestyle relay, Ashley McGregor of Pointe-Claire, Que., fifth in the 200-m breaststroke and Emily Overholt of West Vancouver seventh in the women’s 400-m freestyle.

Swimming Canada has also fielded its seven-member Talent ID Tour team for the competition comprised of Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., Kaelan Freund of Lethbridge, Alta., Josh Zakala of Kelowna, B.C., and Tim Zeng of North Vancouver, all 16, for the boys and for the women Danielle Hanus, 16, of Newmarket, Ont., Danika Huizinga, 15,of Ajax and Lili Margitai, 17, of Edmonton.

Preliminaries each day in Austin start at 10 a.m. (EST) with finals at 7 p.m. The races will be carried live on-line at:

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