Dominique Bouchard beats Olympic medallist for gold

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AUSTIN, Tex. – Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., reeled in the Olympic bronze medallist to win the gold medal Friday in the women’s 200-m backstroke at the second stop on the Pro Swim Series circuit.

Bouchard was sixth at the halfway mark but roared to the finish with the fastest split on the last length for the win in two minutes and 10.02 seconds.

She upset Elizabeth Beisel of the U.S., third at the London Olympics, who was second in 2:10.09.Taylor Ruck, a Canadian living in Arizona, was third in 2:10.22. World championship medallist Hilary Caldwell of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Victoria, was seventh.

The UBC Thunderbirds were also victors placing first in the men’s 4×200-m freestyle with Marshal Parker, Keegan Zanatta, Yuri Kisil and Stefan Milosevic. The University of Alberta was third with Hunter Balch, Evan Letkeman, Joe Byram and Connor Bayne.

Other Canadian finalists were Tristan Cote of Calgary fifth in the 400-m individual medley, Milosevic and Ryan Cochrane of HPC-Victoria, sixth and seventh in the 200-m freestyle, Hannah Riordan of Cornwall, Ont., seventh in the 50-m freestyle and Emily Overholt of West Vancouver eighth in the women’s 400-m IM.

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.

Competition ends Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. (EST) and finals at 7 p.m. The races will be carried live on-line at: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2057

Full results: http://www.txlameetresults.com/

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