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Valuable first Canadian swimming title for Warren Barnes at Summer Nationals
July, 30, 2010

Warren Barnes of Toronto © Swimming Canada - Scott Grant
VICTORIA – Warren Barnes of Toronto earned his first career Canadian title and it came with a ticket to next month’s Pan Pacific Championships on Thursday at the Summer Nationals swimming competition.

This week’s competition is also the second of two trials for the Pan Pacs August 18-22 in California. The first trials were held in April.

Barnes won the men’s 100-metre breaststroke clocking 1:02.07 after posting a personal best 1:02.00 in the morning preliminaries. Scott Dickens of Vancouver, the co-Canadian record holder in the event, was second in 1:02.14 and Richard Funk of Edmonton third 1:02.54.

“This is definitely a memorable victory,” said Barnes, 25. “I was really focused on getting out fast but the difference this time was my second 50. I really held it together this time and I was able to make a big push in the last 10-metres. In the past the second length has given me a lot of trouble.”

Brent Hayden of Vancouver collected a second victory in two days winning the men’s 100 freestyle in 49.19. Other winners in men’s competition were Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., in the 50 backstroke and Brian Johns of Vancouver in the 400 IM.

In that 400 IM, Johns won the race in 4:17.83 and Jordan Hartney of Vancouver took second in 4:20.57. Johns had qualified for the team at the first trials and Hartney grabbed the second spot with his performance Thursday.

“There was a lot of stress coming into this meet so it’s very gratifying to make the team,” said Hartney. “But I’m a little disappointed with the time. I was really hoping to go a second or two faster but it’s good to know I’ll have another opportunity to do that.”

In women’s competition, Julia Wilkinson of Victoria and Victoria Poon of Montreal are at two wins apiece after victories in the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle respectively.

Seventeen-year-old Tianna Rissling, a quadruple champion last week at the age group nationals, took the senior 100 breaststroke title this time while veteran Tanya Hunks of Vancouver was the 400 IM victor.

Competition continues Friday at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Preliminaries are at 9 a.m. (local) and finals at 6 p.m.

Thursday’s leading results at the 2010 Summer Nationals swimming competition in Victoria:

MEN

50 backstroke: 1. Jake Tapp, Langley, B.C., 26.21; 2. Graham Hawes, Scarborough, Ont., 26.58; 3. Matthew Swanston, Newmarket, Ont., 26.88.

100 breaststroke: 1. Warren Barnes, Toronto, 1:02.07; 2. Scott Dickens, Vancouver, 1:02.14; 3. Richard Funk, Edmonton, 1:02.54.

100 freestyle: 1. Brent Hayden, 49.19; 2. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Etobicoke, Ont., 50.16; 3. Richard Hortness, Lethbridge, Alta., 50.70.

400 IM: 1. Brian Johns, Vancouver, 4:17.83; 2. Jordan Hartney, Vancouver, 4:20.57; 3. Matt Kwatyra, London, Ont., 4:23.15.

4X200 freestyle relay: 1. Island Swimming, Victoria, 7:23.35; 2. Australia, 7:29.59; 3. University of Calgary, 7:31.81.

WOMEN

50 backstroke: 1. Julia Wilkinson, Victoria, 28.92; 2. Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont., 29.27; 3. Tess Simpson, Ottawa, 29.33.

100 freestyle: 1. Victoria Poon, Montreal, 55.68; 2. Julia Wilkinson, Victoria, 55.84; 3. Hannah Riordan, Montreal, 55.86.

100 breaststroke : 1.Tianna Rissling, Medicine Hat, Alta., 1:08.68; 2. Jillian Tyler, Calgary, 1:08.94; 3. Chelsey Salli, Langley, B.C., 1:09.11.

400 IM: 1. Tanya Hunks, Vancouver, 4:44.67; 2. Melanie Dodds, Langley, B.C., 4:45.97; 3. Hanna Pierse, Vancouver, 4:47.56.

4X200 freestyle relay: 1. Australia, 8:03.00; 2. Island Swimming, Victoria, 8:11.98; 3. Etobicoke Swimming, 8:15.69.

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