GENEVA – Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont., won two gold medals, both in meet record and personal best times, to highlight a Canadian medal bonanza on Friday at the Geneva International Swimming Championships age group competition.
Canadian swimmers collected 23 medals on the day, including six gold.
Seeman posted her victories in the 200-metre backstroke and 400 individual medley in the 15-16-years-old age group.
In the 200 backstroke, she clocked two minutes and 15.75 seconds with Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., second in 2:20.55. Deanna Matthews of Edmonton was sixth in the race.
In the 400 IM, Seeman clocked 4:57.44 with Russell second in 5:01.66. Matthews was sixth and Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse eighth.
‘’ I was most happy with my 200 backstroke,’’ said Seeman. ‘’I took off more than a second which was a big drop and I felt really good racing it. I was looking to be near my best times here even though I wasn’t fully prepared.’’
Andres McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., was also a double winner in the men’s 15-16 age group with victories in the 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle, both in personal best times. In the 100 free, he clocked 52.40 with Kyle Troskot of Lethbridge, Alta., third in 53.33 and Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria seventh. In the 400 free, McIntyre won in 4:06.04 with Austin Rockett of Mississauga, Ont., third in 4:12.57.
‘’This was first my trip overseas and considering the trouble I was having with the time change I never expected to do this well,’’ said McIntyre. ‘’In the morning I was really slow but I was able to find more energy for the final. I just tried to focus on having satisfactory swims.’’
Rockett posted a win in the 200 butterfly in 2:09.20 with Thomas Jobin of Calgary third in 2:10.93 and Wayland Chang of Burnaby, B.C., seventh in 2:14.58.
Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City was the other Canadian winner on the day taking the women’s 17 and over 200 backstroke in a meet record 2:17.46. Paige Schultz of Toronto was sixth and Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., eighth.
Salli and Cantin were second and third respectively in the 400 IM in 4:57.50 and 4:58.41. Schultz was fourth. Brent Dillon of Ottawa and Bagshaw were 2-3 in the 200 IM in 2:14.41 and 2:15.10. Chang was fifth.
Russell and Alexandra Gabor of Whiterhorse were second and third in the 200 freestyle with Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., fifth, Julie Harrison of Scarborough, Ont., sixth and Brenna Maclean of West Vancouver seventh.
Zach Chetrat of Oakville, Ont., added silver in the 200 fly in the 17-18 gategory with Christopher Bezeau of Shrebrooke, Que., fourth and Andre Andre Kudaba of New Westminster, B.C., sixth.
Matthew Swanston of Newmarket collected two bronze. Swanston and Graham Hawes of Scarborough were third and fourth in the open 50 backstroke and Swanston was also third in the 17-18 200 freestyle. Chang was third in the 200 breaststroke as was Vanessa Charron in the 17 and over 100 fly.
Andre Kudaba took bronze in the 200 IM with Curtis Lutsch of Calgary fourth and Julian Monks of Ajax, Ont., eighth.
Other results: Maclean was fourth in the 100 fly; Reason and Salli were sixth and seventh in the open 50 breaststroke and Willem Hergesheimer of Langley was seventh in the 17-18 400 freestyle.
Competition continues through to Sunday.