VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 3. SINEAD Russell backed up her win in the 100 backstroke last night with a victory in the 50-meter distance tonight at the Canadian long course nationals.

The event is not being used to select swimmers for the Commonwealth Games or Pan Pacific championships, so the race was only for a national title. Russell won with a 28.49, just four tenths off Julia Wilkinson's national record of 28.09 and Wilkinson's meet record of 28.13.

Brooklynn Snodgrass was second in 28.52, while Paige Miller was third with a 28.56. The top three swimmers just competed at the NCAA championships two weeks ago and are looking to gain international experience this summer.


Event 17 Women 50 LC Meter Backstroke
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Sponsor: Vantreight Farms
World: w 27.06 7/30/2009 Jing Zhao, CHN
Canadian: n 28.09 7/28/2011 Julia Wilkinson, IS
Meet: m 28.13 3/30/2011 Julia Wilkinson, IS
Meet Qualifying: 30.85
Name Year Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A - Final ===

1 Russell, Sinead 93 NHAC 28.89 28.49 856
2 Snodgrass, Broo 94 CASC 28.78 28.52 854
3 Miller, Paige 91 UNAT-US 28.62 28.56 850
4 Couillard, Mari 91 RIVERAINS 29.43 28.94 817
5 Hanus, Danielle 98 NEW 29.67 29.05 808
6 Bouchard, Domin 91 OAKVILLE 29.45 29.12 802
7 Wilm, Ingrid 98 CASC 29.67 29.39 780
8 Caldwell, Hilar 91 PSW 29.66 29.72 754

=== B - Final ===

9 Steins, Kristin 95 NHAC 30.12 29.56 767
10 Ball, Emma 98 GMAC 29.76 29.58 765
11 Laderoute, Laur 98 UNCAN 30.00 29.78 750
12 Rode, Rachel 98 WEST 29.95 29.83 746
13 Ackman, Alyson 93 POINTE-CLAIRE SW 29.69 29.90 741
14 Zevnik, Alexia 94 POINTE-CLAIRE SW 30.01 29.97 736
15 Danyluk, Daphn? 98 PPO 30.02 29.98 735
16 Glover, Mackenz 98 UMAN 30.03 30.22 717