August 21, 2010

Canadians Ready to Charge:

Canadians ready to charge the podium at Pan Pacific Championships:

August 20, 2010
Irvine, California- Eleven Canadian Swimmers have advanced to the championship finals today at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine California.

Victoria's Ryan Cochrane secured a spot in the Men's 400 freestyle event A final, swimming a solid 3:49.69 in the morning qualifying round.

"I think this morning's swim was all about making a final," said the Pan Pacific Champion, Ryan Cochrane. "It was my only morning swim and I would of liked to get closer to my best time, but a lane in the finals is all I needed."

Cochrane, who made history for Canada on the first night of competition winning a gold in the 1500 meter freestyle. It had been over ninety years since a Canadian swimmer had won a medal in that event at a major international competition, dating back o George Hodgson, Canada's first ever-Olympic medalist.

"It was great to get a day off after the 1500 free simply to get both a mental and physical break and get the energy level back up to swim fast in the morning," added Cochrane.

Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria and Barbra Jardin of Montreal will tae part in the Women's 400 freestyle championships final tonight. Komarnycky had the fastest qualifying time for Canada while Jardin shaved off two and a half seconds off her personal best this year, after a bronze medal performance last night in the women's 4x200 relay.

The women's 100 meter butterfly saw Katherine Savard and Audry Locroix, both from Point-Rouge, QC, advancing in the championships final. Savard, a first timer on the senior national team, clocked a 58.84, almost a second off her personal best.

"I'm really proud of my race this morning," said 16-year-old Savard. "I put a lot of effort in improving my start and turn over the past few days at it really paid off."

Rookie Genevieve Cantin of Saguenay, QC will dive into her first international final, swimming her specialty event, the 200-meter backstroke. Cantin finished with a 2:10.84 this morning lowering her personal best mark by close to a second.

Tobias Oriwol of Toronto and Charles Francis of Montreal will both advance to the A final of the men's 200 meter backstroke. Chelsey Salli of Langley and Ashley McGregor of Pointe Claire, as well as Scott Dickens of Vancouver will race the 50-meter breaststroke A final.

Consolation finalists for Canada are Samantha Cheverton of Point Claire in the 400 freestyle, Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Mississauga in the 400 freestyle, Mackenzie Downing of Whitehorse in the 100 butterfly, Joe Bartoch of London in the 100 butterfly, Lauren Lavigna of Vancouver and Dominique Bouchard in the 200 backstroke, Matthew Swanston of Newmarket in the 200 backstroke, Tianna Rissling and Warren Banres in the 50 breaststroke.

Full results for this morning's preliminary session are available at:

-Article from Swim Canada

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