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Two top-three’s for Canada’s Kayla Sanchez at Pro Swim Series

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Kayla Sanchez of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre-Ontario was second in the 200-m individual medley and third in the 50-m freestyle on Saturday to conclude the second stop on the Pro Swim Series circuit.

In the women’s 200-m IM, Melanie Margalis of the U.S. was the winner in two minutes and 10.88 seconds. Sanchez, a double meallist last season at both the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships, followed in 2:12.93 – less than a half second off her personal best.

Kathleen Baker of the U.S. was third in 2:13.27 and Mary-Sophie Harvey of Montreal was seventh.

The 50-m freestyle was the very next event for the women and it was won by Natalie Hinds of the U.S. in 25.26. She edged her compatriot Margo Geer second in 25.29. Sanchez, 17, followed in 25.31.

Canada’s third top-three on the day and fourth overall this weekend was earned by Olympic finalist Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C. second in the 200-m breaststroke in 2:24.41.  Annie Lazor of the U.S. was tops in 2:22.99. Harvey was sixth.

Other Canadian finalists Saturday were Emma O’Croinin of Edmonton fifth in the 800-m freestyle, Hanna Henderson of Etobicoke, Ont., fifth in the 100-m backstroke and Haley Black of Prince George, B.C., sixth in the 100-m butterfly.

On the men’s side, Michael McGillivray of Regina and Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria were seventh and eighth in the 800-m freestyle.

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