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Masse, Darcel post top-three finishes at Pro Swim event

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SANTA CLARA, California – World champion Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., and Sarah Darcel of Victoria placed second and third in their respective races on Friday to open the fifth stop on the Pro Swim Series.

In the women’s 200-m backstroke, Regan Smith of the U.S. was first in two minutes and 09. 60 seconds.

Masse, currently ranked number-one in the world, grabbed an early lead on the first length but wound up second in 2:10.68. Olivia Smoliga of the U.S. battled the Canadian for the runner-up spot on the last length and was third in 2:10.70.

Americans were 1-2 in the women’s 400-m individual medley. Ella Eastin was tops in 4:38.99, Leah Smith second in 4:39.37 and Commonwealth Games medallist Darcel won a tight battle for third finishing in 4:44.79.

There were two Canadian finalists in the men’s 200-m backstroke with Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., fourth in 1:59.97 and Commonwealth Games medallist Markus Thormeyer of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre- Vancouver fifth in 2:00.13.

Quadruple Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak of Toronto posted sixth place finishes in the 100-m butterfly in 59.29 and the 200-m freestyle in 2:00.62 – ahead of Kennedy Goss of Toronto, seventh in 2:02.52.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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