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Canada's Erica Morningstar captures World Cup swimming gold

Canada's Erica Morningstar captured her first World Cup swimming gold medal on Saturday at a FINA meet in Stockholm. (AP File Photo/Mark Baker)

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Calgary's Erica Morningstar captured her first international win Saturday, finishing first in the women's 200-metre individual medley at a FINA World Cup event.

Morningstar's win was the highlight of three medals won by Canadian swimmers. Brooklynn Snodgrass of Calgary claimed her first World Cup medal by finishing second in the women's 200 backstroke while Vancouver's Brent Hayden also took silver in the men's 100 freestyle.

Morningstar posted a personal-best time of two minutes 7.90 seconds to earn her win. Izumi Kato of Japan was second in 2:08.46 while Hye Ra Choi of South Korea was third in 2:09.39.

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"It's a really good confidence builder going into the Olympic season," said Morningstar. "So something I want to look at is how I taper for events.

"I feel I probably don't need as much rest which is good."

Sweden's Stefan Nystrand won the men's 100 freestyle in 47.08 seconds. Hayden was second in 47.27 with Matthew Abood of Australia finishing third in 48.16.

"A big part of my Olympic preparations will be to compete more this season," said Hayden. `'Competing keeps me in a positive frame of mind and by design I have the training built up from last season which will allow me to race more.

"I'm really happy with my performance today and I'm really excited about the upcoming season."

Australian Belinda Hocking captured the women's 200 backstroke in 2:05.76. Snodgrass posted a personal-best time of 2:08.47 to finish second ahead of Sweden's Sandra Hafstrom (2:08.68).

"I knew I was in a close battle for the silver and I really worked my underwater well on the last turn," said Snodgrass. "It's very exciting to get the medal.

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"All I was thinking about was getting a personal best."

Winnipeg's Chantal Van Landeghem was fourth in the 50 freestyle in her World Cup debut.

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