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Warren Barnes one step short of podium at Pan Am Games
October, 19, 2011

Warren Barnes of Toronto © Swimming Canada

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Warren Barnes of Toronto came within one step of the medal podium on Tuesday placing fourth in the men’s 200-metre breaststroke in swimming action at the Pan American Games.

Sean Mahoney led the U.S., to a 1-2 finish clocking a Games’ record two minutes and 11.62 seconds.  Christopher Burckle was second in 2:12.60 and Thiago Pereira of Brazil third in 2:13.58.  Barnes followed in 2:16.87 and Ashton Baumann of Ottawa was seventh in 2:19.54.

‘’My race went really well tonight, I was particularly happy with my time splits,’’ said Barnes, recently named the top male swimmer in Ontario for 2011.  ‘’It’s my first international A final and I was really happy with it.’’

Baumann edged Barnes for the gold at the Summer Nationals in July.

‘’I misjudged my turns,’’ said Baumann.  ‘’It wasn’t a good time and I’m disappointed.’’

There were also a couple of fifth place finishes for Canada earned by Hanna Pierse of Edmonton in the women’s 200 individual medley and the women’s 4X200 freestyle relay with Sherry Liu of Burnaby, B.C., Jennifer Beckberger of Ajax, Ont., Paige Schultz of Toronto, and Caroline Lapierre-Lemire of Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Pierse, whose season was derailed by back and shoulder injuries, was hoping to fare better.

‘’It was a tough race,’’ she said.  ‘’I’m not that happy with it. I was hoping to go faster and win a medal.  Sometimes these things happen and I have another event to make up for it.’’

Lapierre-Lemire, Schultz and Beckberger were on the 4X100 freestyle relay that won bronze on Saturday.  They were hoping for a similar result Tuesday.

‘’It was a great race,’’ said Beckberger.  ‘’I was hoping to get out there a bit faster for the team but everyone did their part and tried as hard as they could. We were a bit off from a medal but it is still a great race for all of us.’’

Competition continues Wednesday.