EDMONTON, Canada, February 13. THE first session of finals took place at the Speedo Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton over short course meters. Hilary Caldwell garnered a pair of victories on the evening.
After setting a national record in the women's 50 breast during prelims yesterday, Amanda Reason claimed the women's 50 free title with a time of 25.48. Heather MacLean finished second in 25.61. In the men's 50 free, Chris Manning touched out Richard Hortness, 22.32 to 22.34, for the win.
Caldwell claimed a close contest of her own with a 2:14.66 to 2:14.68 touchout triumph over Brittany Ozar in the women's 200 IM. Bogdan Knezevic cruised in the men's 200 IM with a winning effort of 2:02.07. David Dimitrov came in second with a time of 2:04.34, while Jeremy Ramshaw placed third in 2:05.23.
The middle distance 400 frees were next with MacLean flipping her 50 free silver into gold with a triumphant 4:09.97. Alexa Komarnycky hit the wall second in 4:12.63, while Ozar placed third in 4:15.27.
Ryan Cochrane, who downed the Canadian record in the men's 800 free last night, won the men's 400 free in 3:45.05. Stefan Hirniak finished second in 3:48.54, while Hassaan Abdel-Khalik took third in 3:52.07.
Kendra Chernoff missed the Canadian record of 27.00 in the women's 50 fly with a winning time of 27.30. Kimberly Bowman touched second in 27.78 with Michelle Williams taking third in 27.83. In another tight battle, Hirniak touched out Manning, 24.31 to 24.33, in the men's 50 fly. Eric Chan placed third in 24.62.
Caldwell doubled on the night with a time of 1:00.77 to claim the women's 100 back. Ellan Dufour (1:02.08) and Kimberly Fleming (1:02.78) took second and third. Matt Rose emerged from the men's 100 back with a winning time of 53.82. Jeremy Ramshaw (55.33) and Anders McIntyre (55.66) wound up second and third.