WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Canadian Olympic hopeful Caroline Kuczynski won her first-ever silver medal at the Canadian Long Course Summer National Championships in Victoria, British Columbia.
Kuczynski, 19, a sophomore at Arizona State University, finished second in the 50-meter butterfly in a career-best 27.29 seconds at Sannich Commonwealth Place.
Kuczynski was the fourth fastest qualifier in morning prelims in 27.75. Her previous career-best was 27.65.
She was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.51, another career-best time. She was fifth fastest qualifier in prelims in 1:01.10. Her previous best was 1:00.63.
The Summer Nationals are the second qualifying chance for Canadian swimmers to earn selection for the Pan Pacific Championships which is the selection meet for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
Kuczynski has been home for the summer training at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex after her freshman year at ASU where she is majoring in psychology.
At ASU, Kuczynski competed in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and 100 and 200 butterfly events. She swam two season-bests at the Pac-10 Championships in the 500 freestyle (4:51.44) and 100 butterfly (53.71).
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