Burlington’s Russell goes to podium twice at Pan Pacific swim meet

VICTORIA – Burlington’s Colin Russell picked up his second medal at the Pan Pacific swimming championships on Saturday.

Russell was a member of Canada’s silver medal winning team in the 4×100 freestyle. On Friday, he was on the silver medal winning 4×200 freestyle relay team.

Canada ends the pool portion of the competition with seven medals: gold for Cambridge-born Andrew Hurd in the 800 freestyle and Vancouver’s Brent Hayden in the 100 freestyle; silvers in both men’s freestyle relays and the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay and bronze medals for Hayden in Sunday’s 50 freestyle and Cochrane in Thursday’s 800 freestyle.

While Russell and Rick Say of Victoria, Hayden, and Matt Rose of Victoria were beating the Australians for second (clocking 3:16.12 to 3:16.42), two world records were set by U.S. swimmers and Canada added a second silver.

In the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, the U.S., led by six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps broke the world record clocking 3:12.46. South Africa held the mark at 3:13.17 set at the Athens Olympics.

Aaron Peirsol of the U.S., broke his world record in the men’s 200 backstroke clocking 1:54.44. That eclipsed the 1:54.66 he swam at the worlds last year. Matt Hawes of Vancouver was seventh.

In the women’s 4X100 freestyle, the U.S., set a meet record 3:35.80 for the gold. Canada beat Australia by 0.01 seconds for the silver in 3:41.83 with Victoria Poon and Geneviève Saumur of Montreal, Julia Wilkinson of North York, Ont., and Erica Morningstar of Calgary. That eclipsed the Canadian record of 3:42.84 set at the Commonwealth Games in March. That relay included Morningstar, Poon and Saumur.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Jessica Schipper of Australia also broke a meet record clocking 57.30. MacKenzie Downing of Victoria was sixth and Audrey Lacroix of Montreal seventh.

The men’s 400 freestyle was won by South Korean Tae Hwan Park. Andrew Hurd of Toronto neared his Canadian record for fourth place and Ryan Cochrane of Victoria was seventh.

Ian Crocker of the U.S., won the men’s 100 butterfly in a meet record 51.47. Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., was seventh.

Six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps lowered his world mark in the 200-metre individual medley from 1:55.94 to 1:55.84. Brendan Hansen did the same in the 200 breaststroke dropping his world standard from 2:08.74 to 2:08.50.

In the men’s 50 freestyle, Cullen Jones of the U.S., set a meet record clocking 21.84 seconds. Roland Schoeman of South Africa was second in 22.12 and Hayden followed in 22.22, just 0.03 off his Canadian record.

In the men’s 200 breaststroke, Hansen won by more than two seconds over Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan. World championship silver medallist Mike Brown of Calgary was fifth in 2:12.56.

In the men’s 200 IM, Phelps trailed compatriot Ryan Lochte at the last turn. Lochte took the silver in 1:56.11. Brian Johns of Vancouver, second in qualifying, was sixth in 2:01.71.

The Canadian women set a national record in the 4X100 medley relay clocking fourth in 4:05.59 with Kelly Stefanyshyn of Vancouver, Jillian Tyler of Calgary, MacKenzie Downing of Victoria and Erica Morningstar of Calgary. The previous mark was 4:05.69 set at the last Pan Pacs in 2002.

Meanwhile 17-year-old Ryan Cochrane of Victoria completed a promising week placing fourth in the men’s 1,500 freestyle in 15:13.44, 12 seconds faster than his previous best. He also won the bronze Thursday in the 800 freestyle. Tae Hwan Park of South Korea took the gold in 15:06.11.

Canada was also fourth in the men’s 4X100 medley relay with Matt Rose of Victoria, Brown, Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., and Hayden. The U.S., won both relays in meet record times.

There were four individual women finalists for Canada: Brittany Reimer of Victoria was sixth in the 800 freestyle, Victoria Poon of Montreal seventh in the 50 freestyle, Julia Wilkinson of North York, Ont., eighth in the 200 IM and Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., eighth in the 200 breaststroke.