Alexa Komarnycky wins silver, bronze at U.S. Grand Prix swimming event
Toronto native picks up podiums in 200m IM, 800m freestyle
Toronto's Alexa Komarnycky won a silver and bronze on the final day of the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
In the women's 200-metre individual medley, Komarnycky finished in two minutes 16.98 seconds behind American Becca Mann (2:15.25) and ahead of Carlyn McCann of the U.S. (2:18.13).
Mann also won the 800 freestyle in 8:27.37, followed by Ashley Steenvoorden of the U.S., in second at 8:38.06 and Komarnycky at 8:41.67.
There were only seven minutes between both races Saturday.
"The 800 is my main focus this year and I was hoping to go a little faster," said Komarnycky. "But knowing the 200 IM was coming up right after really hit me. Still it was very gratifying to come back with a solid 200 IM."
Komarnycky ended the three-day meet with three medals after finishing second in the 400 freestyle on Friday.
Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., added a silver in the women's 200 backstroke in 2:11.11. Missy Franklin of the U.S., was first in 2:08.47. Barbara Jardin of Montreal was fourth.
"It was all right," said Caldwell. "My training has only started to pick up the last couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to an excellent preparation for the world championship trials [at the end of March in Victoria]."
Alec Page of Victoria and Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., were fifth and eighth in the men's 200 IM.