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MASSE, SMITH SHINE AT GRAND PRIX

first_imgStory Links Full ResultsThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams competed at the 2019 Grand Prix, January 18-19, at Varsity Pool. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Leading Toronto’s men was Matthew Mac, who place first in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.97. Rookie Graeme Alyward also placed second in the 100 (1:05.74) and 200 (2:25.77) breaststroke events. “This is the only meet where we compete in the long course, 50 metre, pool during the year but it’s critical because the U SPORTS championships have moved to the long course format,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “It’s a bit of a different race than the short course format, where there are more turns, so it’s great to get in some practice at it.” “It’s lucky that we have a 50 metre pool here at U of T or it would truly be an alien experience for the swimmers but we get to train and practice weekly in that distance so we are fairly accustomed to it. However, practice and racing are not the same so we needed this weekend meet.” 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 FINA world champion Kylie Masse won three events. The LaSalle, Ont., native touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (59.86), 200 backstroke (2:11.09) and 50 freestyle (26.02). Third-year standout Hannah Genich placed first overall in the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:14.29, while also placing second in the 100-metre event in 1:00.64. Fellow 2018 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships Team Canada member Rebecca Smith also won three races. The rookie placed first in the 100 freestyle (55.63), 100 butterfly (59.19) and 200 freestyle (2:01.94).last_img read more