VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 2. BY the slimmest of margins, Russell Wood became the first male swimmer to qualify for the international travel roster with a win in the 100 backstroke.

Wood charged to the wall to win in a 54.71, beating the qualifying time of 54.72 and his lifetime best of 54.86. Matthew Swanston, a Stanford alum, placed second with a 55.83, while Joe Byram took third with a 55.85.


Event 6 Men 100 LC Meter Backstroke

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Sponsor: Richard Wey
World: w 51.94 7/8/2009 Aaron Peirsol, USA
Canadian: n 53.63 7/8/2009 Pascal Wollach, UCSC
Meet: m 53.63 7/8/2009 Pascal Wollach, UCSC
Meet Qualifying: 59.39
Name Year Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A - Final ===

1 Wood, Russell 94 CASC 55.13 54.71 855
26.69 54.71 (28.02)
2 Swanston, Matth 91 NEW/NSCO 55.53 55.83 805
26.82 55.83 (29.01)
3 Byram, Joe 94 U OF A SWIM CLUB 56.47 55.85 804
27.18 55.85 (28.67)
4 Thormeyer, Mark 97 WDSC 57.21 56.25 787
27.59 56.25 (28.66)
5 Francis, Charle 88 PPO 56.07 56.66 770
27.62 56.66 (29.04)
6 Myers, Matthew 93 TSC/UTOR 56.57 56.67 769
27.74 56.67 (28.93)
7 Kuiack, Daniel 95 BTSC/UTOR 57.18 56.90 760
27.49 56.90 (29.41)
8 Haas, Kyle 95 OAKVILLE 57.40 57.34 743
27.89 57.34 (29.45)

=== B - Final ===

9 Zeng, Tim 97 CHENA SWIM CLUB 57.67 56.71 768
27.23 56.71 (29.48)
10 Dezwirek, Jerem 93 UNCAN 57.56 57.40 740
27.62 57.40 (29.78)
11 Klein, Anders 97 KEYANO 58.00 57.48 737
28.35 57.48 (29.13)
12 Best, Adam 91 GO 57.58 57.65 731
27.84 57.65 (29.81)
13 Benkic, Mitchel 92 GOLD/UBCT 58.02 57.72 728
27.95 57.72 (29.77)
14 Brothers, Peter 96 ISLAND SWIMMING 58.05 57.94 720
28.41 57.94 (29.53)
15 Mac, Matthew 98 OAKVILLE 58.60 58.17 711
28.58 58.17 (29.59)
-- *Heyer, Hans 92 EOSC 58.33 DQ