Canadian swimmer Anders McIntyre wins fourth and fifth gold, sets meet record at Geneva International

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GENEVA – Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., collected his fourth and fifth gold medals on Sunday winning the men’s 400-metre individual medley and 100 backstroke to conclude an exceptional performance by the Canadian junior and juvenile teams at the Geneva International swimming competition.

Canadian swimmers collected 14 medals including four gold. On Saturday, they won 19 medals after launching their attack on Friday with 23 medals.

In the 15-16 age group, 400 IM, McIntyre won the gold medal in a meet record 4:39.59 with Austin Rockett of Mississauga, Ont., second in 4:43.49. Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria was fourth and Wayland Chang of Burnaby, B.C., fifth.

In the 100 backstroke, McIntyre placed first in 1:00.71 with Bagshaw fourth.

In the women’s 100 backstroke for 15-16-year olds, Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., and Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont., were 1-2 in 1:04.31 and 1:04.37 respectively. Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., took the men’s 17-18 100 backstroke in 58.37 with Graham Hawes of Scarborough, Ont., third in 1:00.03.

Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., and Bronwyn Pasloski of Whitehorse were second and third in the women’s 15-16 100 breaststroke in 1:10.75 and 1:12.18 with Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., fourth.

Andre Kubada added silver in the men’s 17-18 400 IM in 4:44.00 with Willem Hergesheimer of Langley, B.C., fourth; Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City won silver in the women’s 17 and over 100 backstroke with Paige Schultz of Toronto fifth and Chelsey Salli of Langley also won silver in the 17 and over 100 breaststroke.

Canada collected two more bronze medals in the men’s 100 backstroke races. In the 15-16 group, Chang was third and in the 17-18 event, Curtis Lutsch of Calgary and Julian Monks of Ajax, Ont., were third and sixth.

In the women’s 50 butterfly, Schultz, Vanessa Charron of Quebec City and Brenna Maclean of West Vancouver were fourth, fifth and eighth; in the women’s 50 freestyle, Reason, Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse and Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., were fourth, fifth and eighth; in the men’s 50 fly, Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., was fourth and in the men’s 50 freestyle Kyle Troskot of Lethbridge was seventh. All the 50-metre events were open competitions.

Next weekend starting on Friday, the same 32-member Canadian group competes at an international event in Luxemburg.

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