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Canada's Komarnycky wins gold at U.S. Grand Prix swimming

The Canadian Press

1/19/2013 9:25:50 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Candian Olympic team member Alexa Komarnycky won the gold medal on Saturday in the women's 400-metre individual medley at the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition.

The Victoria native dominated her race clocking four minutes 47.15 seconds finishing well ahead of her opponents.

"I was happy with the race," said Komarnycky. "With the small field it was a good opportunity to work on some technique and practice conserving some energy, especially since I had a race coming up a few minutes later. With the world championship trials in a couple of months it's really great to be back in racing mode.

In the men's 400-metre individual medly, Alec Page of Victoria took the silver in 4:23.05 with Tyler Clary of the U.S., claiming gold in 4:20.36.

"There were some parts I was hoping to do better," said Page, 19, the youngest member on Canada's Olympic swimming team last year. "The highlight for me was my breaststroke; it was one of my fastest splits ever. The Olympic experience last year was fantastic but there is still a lot for me to learn and I want to get a lot better."

Canadian women added three more silver medals.

In the 200-metre freestyle Barbara Jardin of Montreal was second, while Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., took silver in the 200 backstroke. In the 50 freestyle, Victoria Poon of Montreal was runner-up.

On the men's side, Ryan Cochrane and Keegan Zanatta, both of Victoria were fifth and seventh in the 200 freestyle.