Canadas Stephanie Dixon wins two gold medals to open Can Am swimming competition

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COLLEGE STATION, Maryland – Stephanie Dixon of Victoria won gold medals in the women’s 50-metre backstroke and 100 butterfly on Thursday to highlight a Canadian medal bonanza at the Can-Am competition for swimmers with a disability.

Dixon, a one-legged amputee, earned her victories in the S9 disability category.

Canada also won four gold medals in women’s 200 freestyle races with Kirby Stanczak of Windsor, Cynthia Berringer of Mississauga, Ont.

, Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C., and Darda Geiger of London each winning in their respective disability category.

Other Canadian winners in their respective categories in women’s competition were Jacqueline Rennebohm of Regina in the 50 backstroke and Jessica Tuomela of Windsor, Ont., and Catherine Mitchell of Winnipeg in the 100 breaststroke.

Canadian victors in men’s competition were Alex Parent of Hamilton in the 100 backstroke, Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver and Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., in the 200 freestyle and Brian Hill of Montreal in the 100 butterfly.

Silver medallists in men’s competition were Ronald Tang of Toronto and Justin Kemp on London in the 50 backstroke, Peter Havers of Victoria in the 100 breaststroke and Benoit Huot of Montreal and Gotell in the 100 butterfly. For the women, Anne Polinario of Montreal in the 200 freestyle and Chelsey Gotell of Antigonish in the 100 fly also took silver.

Bronze medallists were Eva Hogan of Kingston, Ont., Brittany Gray of Barrie, Ont., and Alberta’s Amber Thomas in the 100 breaststroke as well as Kirby Cote of Winnipeg in the 100 butterfly for the women. Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., took bronze in a men’s 100 butterfly.

Competition continues through to Saturday.

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