Six gold, five meet records for Canadian swimmers at Geneva International

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GENEVA – Lindsay Seeman and Matthew Swanston, both of Newmarket, Ont., Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., and Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., each won gold in meet record time on Saturday to highlight another b Canadian performance at the Geneva International age group swimming competition.

Canada collected 19 medals on the day including six gold.

“We had some super swims today,” said Canadian head coach Brian Metcalfe. “It’s been a great experience for the kids with the travel and competing in a long meet. They’ve fought through all that and stood up and raced really well.”

Seeman collected her third gold this weekend winning the women’s 400-metre freestyle in the 15-16 age group in 4:20.94. Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse was second in 4:23.25 and Julie Harrison of Scarborough, Ont., sixth.

Russell led Canada to the top-four placings in the 15-16 age group 200 individual medley clocking 2:19.77. Seeman was second in 2:20.06, Deanna Matthews of Edmonton third in 2:23.46 and Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse fourth.

McIntyre registered his third victory in the 15-16 age group winning the 200 backstroke in 2:08.26 while Swanston prevailed in the 17-18 class in 2:05.25 with Graham Hawes of Scarborough fourth and Andre Kubada of New Westminster, B.C., eighth.

Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., posted the win in the women’s 17 and over 200 breaststroke and Brenna Maclean of West Vancouver added a sixth gold in the in the women’s 15-16 200 butterfly.

Gabor was also second in the 100 freestyle with Russell fifth and Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., seventh. There were five Canadian finalists in the men’s 17-18 100 butterfly final with Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., second, Zach Chetrat of Oakville third, Swanston fourth, Kubada fifth and Curtis Lutsch of Calgary sixth. Swanston was also second in the 200 freestyle and Russell added a silver in the open 50 breaststroke.

Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., was second in the 15-16 200 breaststroke with Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., fourth and Pasloski fifth. Paige Schultz of Toronto and Salli were second and third in the 200 IM.

Austin Rockett of Mississauga, Ont., and Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria were third and sixth in the men’s 15-16 200 freestyle and Bagshaw added a bronze in the 100 butterfly with Wayland Chang of Burnaby, B.C., seventh.

Other Canadian results: Vanessa Charron of Quebec City was fourth in the 17 and over 200 butterfly; Marissa Davies of Winnipeg was seventh in the 17 and over 100 freestyle; and Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City and Davies were sixth and seventh in the 400 freestyle.

Competition ends Sunday.

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