Canadian Nationals Results: Sinead Russell Nearly Cracks 1:00 To Win Close 100 Back Final

VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 2. TWO recent competitors at the women’s NCAA championships battled for the win at the Canadian long course nationals in the 100 backstroke to get a spot on the international racing squad.

Sinead Russell, fresh from racing for Florida at the NCAAs, wore a Gators swim cap as she won the race in 1:00.00. It’s just off her national record of 59.68, but an impressive swim on her second taper. Right behind her was Brooklynn Snodgrass, who swims for Indiana collegiately. Snodgrass posted a 1:00.23 to just barely beat her lifetime best. Hilary Caldwell, who will be a major force in the 200 back, was third in 1:00.99.

All three swimmers beat the standard time of 1:01.25, so they will each represent Canada in the event at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific championships.

Event 5 Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke
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Sponsor: Subway
World: w 58.12 7/28/2009 Gemma Spofforth, GBR
Canadian: n 59.68 7/25/2011 Sinead Russell, DS
Meet: m 59.85 3/27/2012 Julia Wilkinson, IS
Meet Qualifying: 1:05.32
Name Year Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A – Final ===

1 Russell, Sinead 93 NHAC 1:00.81 1:00.00 908
29.24 1:00.00 (30.76)
2 Snodgrass, Broo 94 CASC 1:01.02 1:00.23 898
29.42 1:00.23 (30.81)
3 Caldwell, Hilar 91 PSW 1:01.77 1:00.99 865
30.01 1:00.99 (30.98)
4 Bouchard, Domin 91 OAKVILLE 1:02.28 1:01.51 843
30.16 1:01.51 (31.35)
5 Hanus, Danielle 98 NEW 1:02.59 1:01.84 830
30.35 1:01.84 (31.49)
6 Cantin, Geneviè 91 ROUGE ET OR 1:02.08 1:02.14 818
30.62 1:02.14 (31.52)
7 Harrison, Annie 94 OAKVILLE/NSCO 1:02.31 1:02.59 800
30.84 1:02.59 (31.75)
8 Steins, Kristin 95 NHAC 1:02.39 1:03.39 770
31.15 1:03.39 (32.24)

=== B – Final ===

9 Couillard, Mari 91 RIVERAINS 1:02.68 1:02.33 810
30.31 1:02.33 (32.02)
10 Miller, Paige 91 UNAT-US 1:02.72 1:02.76 794
30.64 1:02.76 (32.12)
11 Goss, Kennedy 96 GATORS 1:02.62 1:02.83 791
30.55 1:02.83 (32.28)
11 McCann, Meryn 98 ESWIM 1:03.23 1:02.83 791
31.11 1:02.83 (31.72)
13 Pickrem, Sydney 97 NEPTUNE 1:03.17 1:02.95 787
31.08 1:02.95 (31.87)
14 Glover, Mackenz 98 UMAN 1:03.78 1:03.69 759
31.50 1:03.69 (32.19)
15 Peterson, Kevyn 87 CASC 1:03.42 1:03.99 749
31.20 1:03.99 (32.79)
16 Pammett, Cynthi 93 TRENT 1:03.77 1:04.02 748
30.74 1:04.02 (33.28)

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