Two bronze medals for Canadian swimmers at Euro Meet 2008

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LUXEMBURG –Lindsay Seemann of Newmarket, Ont., and Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City each won a bronze medal on Sunday to conclude the Euro 2008 swimming competition.

In the women’s 400 freestyle, Annika Lurz of Germany earned the gold medal in 4:11.71 with Ida Marko-Varga of Sweden second in 4:12.07 and Seeman third in 4:18.73. Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse was seventh.

In the 200 backstroke, Jenny Mensing of Germany was the winner in 2:15.61 with compatriot Antje Buschschulte second in 2:15.72 and Cantin third in 2:17.03. Seeman was sixth.

Other Canadian finalists in women’s competition were Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., and Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., fourth and sixth in the 100 breaststroke; Paige Schultz of Toronto and Vanessa Charron of Quebec City fifth and seventh in the 100 butterfly and Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., sixth in the 50 backstroke.

In men’s competition, Matthew Swanston of Newmarket was seventh in the 200 backstroke.

The evening finals were all open races with the eight best qualifiers from the morning preliminaries. From the preliminaries, medals were presented to the top age group swimmers.

In the women’s 15-16 age group, Seeman won two gold medals with Gabor second in her 400 freestyle win and Russell third in her 200 backstroke victory.

Nicol, Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., and Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse were 1-2-3 in the 100 breaststroke; Gabor took the 100 freestyle; Russell was second in the 50 backstroke; and Brenna Maclean of West Vancouver was second in the 100 butterfly.

On the men’s side, Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., won three silver medals in under-16 competition: in the 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle with Kylel Troskot of Lethbridge third.

Austin Rockett of Mississauga, Ont., and Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria were 2-3 in the under-16 400 freestyle and Andre Kudaba of New Westminster, B.C., and Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., were 2-3 in the 17-18 100 butterfly.

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