MELBOURNE, Australia (January, 17, 2010) – Olympic and world championshipmedallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria won the gold medal in the men’s1,500-metre freestyle on Sunday to conclude the Victoria State swimmingchampionships.
Cochrane’s victory was one of two Canadian medal performances on Sunday.Erica Morningstar of Calgary added a silver in the women’s 200 individualmedley.
In the men’s 1,500 freestyle, Cochrane grabbed the lead for good at the150-metre mark and sailed to victory in 15 minutes and 35.19 seconds. ShaneAsbury of Australia was second in 15:52.29. It was Cochrane’s second victoryof the meet. On Friday he placed first in the 400 freestyle.
Morningstar earned her first individual medal performance of the weekendclocking 2:16.39 in the 200 IM. Alicia Coutts of Australia was the winner in2:13.40.
Kevyn Peterson and Breanna Hendricks, both of Calgary, were sixth andseventh respectively in the women’s 200 freestyle while Hanna Kubas andKatie Murdoch, also both from Calgary, were seventh and eighth in thewomen’s 50 backstroke.
Morningstar, Murdoch, Hendriks and Peterson combined forces for fourth placein the 4X100 freestyle relay.
Caitlin Nolan of Toronto (Etobicoke) was sixth in the women’s 1,500freestyle and Stefan Hirniak of Victoria eighth in the men’s 100 butterfly.