Heather Maclean
Courtesy of: UBC Public Affairs
By guest writer Julia Wilkinson-Minks (2008 & 2012 Canadian Olympian)

POINT-CLAIRE, Quebec, July 18. OLYMPIAN Heather MacLean started out this evening's finals session at the Canadian Summer Nationals with her second win of the meet.

MacLean finished in 56.14 in the women's 100-meter freestyle, followed by Michelle Williams in 56.24. Williams, originally from North York Aquatic Club in Toronto, trains at Ohio State University during the school year.


Bryce Kwiecien-Delaney won a close men's 100 freestyle in 51.34, just over a tenth of a second ahead of Stefan Milosevic, who finished in 51.46. This is Milosevic's second podium appearance of the meet: yesterday he won the 200 freestyle by running down two swimmers in the final 50 meters.

In the 100 breaststroke, two-time Olympian and World Championship finalist Jillian Tyler failed to reach the "A" final after her preliminary swim, and won the "B" final in 1:12.21. Rachel Nicol posted the only swim under 1:10, winning the "A" final in 1:09.48. On the men's side, Nick Kostiuk defeated 2010 Canadian National Team breaststroker Warren Barnes in 1:02.60. Barnes finished second in 1:02.89.

Arguably the most exciting race of the evening on the women's side was the 400 IM. Emily Overholt took the lead after the butterfly, and managed to hold on through the first half of the race. Thanks to a strong breaststroke leg, Toronto Swim Club's Vanessa Treasure took over the race by the 300-mark, but was passed by Breanne Siwicki on the final 50 meters. Siwicki finished in 4:47.70, Treasure was second in 4:47.85. Sydney Pickrem finished third in 4:48.84, and Overholt's early speed was not enough to put her on the podium: she finished just outside the medals, fourth in 4:48.98.

In the men's 400 IM, Luke Reilly of the UBC Dolphins led the race from start to finish, and held of a strong breaststroke leg by Evan White. Reilly took gold in 4:21.07, White silver in 4:23.54.

In the women's 50 backstroke, Danielle Hanus flirted with the 28-second barrier, winning in 29.04. Hanus swims for Alan Swanston at the Newmarket Stingrays, which has a history of producing great Canadian backstrokers. At 2008 Olympic Trials, 15-year old Lindsay Seemann of the Stingrays surprised everyone by winning the 200 backstroke and earning her ticket to Beijing as the youngest athlete on the Canadian team.

Alan Swanston's sons, Matthew and Jeffrey, battled for gold in the men's 50 backstroke: older brother Matthew won in 26.02, followed close behind by Jeffrey, who earned silver in 26.23. Both Matt and Jeff are representing their dad's club, the Stingrays, in Pointe-Claire this week. Matt recently wrapped up his senior season at Stanford, Jeffrey his freshman year at University of Southern California.

In relay action, Club Aquatic Montreal took gold in the women's 800 freestyle relay. The team of Leticia Lelli, Sarah-Lee Hevey, Frederique Cigna and Ariane Mainville finished in 8:17.25. On the men's side, the Cascade team of Anthony Lyons, Thomas Jobin, Adam Maybury and 2011 World Championships team member Chad Bobrosky finished first in 7:36.09.

Competition continues through Saturday.

Julia Wilkinson-Minks is a two-time Olympian for Canada and was a finalist in the 200-meter IM at the 2008 Beijing Games. In 2010, she became Texas A&M's first ever NCAA champion in swimming when she won the 100-yard freestyle. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Speech Communication. Julia retired from competitive swimming following the London Olympic Games and now lives in Texas with her husband Shane.

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Results: Canada Summer Nationals: Day Two