BERLIN (October 22, 2011) - Erica Morningstar of Calgary lowered the Canadian record and won the gold medal in the women’s 200 IM and Brent Hayden (VAND) was victorious in the 100 freestyle on Saturday at the fourth stop on the FINA World Cup swimming circuit.
In the men’s 100 freestyle, Hayden also brought his World Cup medal count to five this season clocking 47.06 despite tweaking his shoulder in the preliminaries. Stefan Nystrand of Sweden, who beat Hayden last weekend in Stockholm, was second in 47.23 and Matthew Abood of Australia, the World Cup record holder, was third at 47.39.
‘’I was a little nervous for the final,’’ said Hayden. ‘’But I altered my stroke so that I could get my arm around that trouble spot and just drove in those last 25 metres and got the gold. I was really happy with that.’’
In Moscow, Hayden won the 50 free and took silver in the 100 freestyle and was second in both freestyle sprints last weekend.
‘’He destroyed the field on the last 50 metres,’’ said Hayden’s coach Tom Johnson. ‘’It was a pretty impressive swim. He really executed well on the third turn at 75 metres which is where he was losing the 100 metre races in Moscow and Stockholm. He made that adjustment in this meet.’’
In the women’s 200-metre individual medley, Morningstar maintained her torrid pace on the circuit clocking two minutes and 06.97. That eclipsed the previous national short course mark of 2:07.01 set by Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., in 2009.
‘’The difference today is I went out faster in the first 100 metres,’’ said Morningstar, a 2008 Olympian. ‘’Plus the atmosphere was electric which made it really exciting. I knew I had to be faster here because the field was stronger. I definitely stepped it up.’’
Sophie Allen of Britain was second in 2:08.78 and Hye Ra Choi of South Korea third in 2:08.98.
It was a fifth World Cup medal and fourth gold this season for Morningstar. She also won the 100 IM and 200 IM earlier this week in Moscow and last weekend was second in the 200 IM and first in the 100 IM in Stockholm.
Mike Brown of Calgary posted his best result this season on the circuit placing fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.06. Marco Koch of Colombia won the gold medal. Canadian record holder Paul Kornfeld of Calgary was seventh.
Brooklynn Snodgrass of Calgary, a rookie in the circuit, was eighth in the women’s 200 backstroke.
Competition ends Sunday.
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