Six Canadian swimmers to compete on Mare Nostrum tour

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CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – World championship finallist Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., headlines a group of six Canadian swimmers who will compete at the last two stops on the Mare Nostrum Tour starting Wednesday in Canet-en-Rousillon, France.

Thomas, seventh in the 100-m butterfly at the 2013 FINA World Championships, is joined by Jeremy Bagshaw and Keegan Zanatta of Victoria, Stefan Milosevic and Luke Peddie of Vancouver and Ariane Mainville of Montreal.

The tour traditionally attracts the top European swimmers including powers Russia, Germany and France.

‘’The Mare Nostrum Tour is a tough, tough competition and it will be very valuable for our swimmers,’’ said Canadian national coach Tom Johnson of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver.

‘’Any time you get into a final at these meets, you are doing a good job. (Olympic medallist) Brent Hayden and (former world record holder) Brian Johns both went on these tours and it was important in their development.’’

The three-stop tour opened Saturday in Monaco with the Canet-en-Rousillon event on Wednesday and Thursday and the finale in Barcelona coming up Saturday and Sunday.

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