May, 17, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chantal Van Landeghem hit the podium in a women's 100-metre freestyle that was full of Canadians, while Dominique Bouchard continued her strong season by winning a 200-m backstroke silver medal on the final night of the Charlotte Pro Swim Series meet.

Canadians made up half of the A final in women's 100 freestyle at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, with Van Landeghem taking the bronze medal in 54.65 seconds. American veteran Natalie Coughlin and Bahamas star Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, pushed each other for both lengths, with 32-year-old Coughlin (54.24) edging Vanderpool-Wallace (54.31) by seven-100ths of second.

Canada's Sandrine Mandville was fourth at 54.93, while Michelle Williams (sixth, 55.43) and promising 14-year-old Penny Oleksiak (seventh, 55.44) also placed. Oleksiak was the only swimmer under 20 years old in the final. All four were together as part of Swimming Canada's female relay initiative at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre before embarking for Charlotte.

“I think it was so much fun with the fact we had four women from Canada in the final,” said Van Landeghem, a 21-year-old from Winnipeg who won two individual bronze medals and a relay gold this weekend. “It's really, really exciting. It's a step in the right direction for women's freestyle with what we want to accomplish in the relays this year and on into next year.

“Technically, I basically did everything I wanted to do and the time is great for this point in the season,” Van Landeghem added. “There's still definitely some things to work on, which is great to have when going back into training.”

The 200 backstroke featured Hungary's three-time Olympian Katinka Hosszu posting the world's third-fastest time of 2015 by winning in 2:07.79 seconds. Bouchard, the North Bay, Ont., native who was swimming in an adjacent lane to Hosszu, clocked 2:10.25 to take silver.

Bouchard, who has also posted strong results at the Austin and Orlando stages of the Pro Swim Series, earned the second Canadian individual silver of the weekend.

Breaststroker Richard Funk was nosed out of his potential second podium finish of the weekend. The 22-year-old finished fourth in men's 50 breaststroke in 28.04 seconds, .03 off the third-place pace.

Canada's female relay initiative, which produced freestyle wins on Friday and Saturday, gave a loaded host team from SwimMAC Carolina a push during the women's 400 medley relay. SwimMAC, with Vanderpool-Wallace contributing the butterfly leg, prevailed in 4:07.07. Team Ontario and Canada A won silver and bronze.

Team Ontario, composed of Danielle Hanus, Genevieve Robertson, Kylie Masse and Kennedy Goss, finished in 4:12.27. Canada A, consisting of 15-year-olds Rebecca Smith and Mary-Sophie Harvey along with Williams and Oleksiak, finished in 4:13.81.

Team Ontario A, with Jeff Swanston, John Fauteux, Zack Chetrat and Cameron Kidd, won bronze in the 400 medley relay at 3:49.52.
Source : Swim Swam