Canadas Lindsay Seeman wins double gold at international swimming competition

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LUXEMBURG – Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont., opened the Euro Meet 2008 swimming competition Friday with a double gold performance as Canadians posted five wins on the day.

In the women’s 800-metre freestyle in the 15-16 age group, Seeman bettered her best time by nine second clocking eight minutes and 49.69 seconds. Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse improved her best time by 15 seconds finishing second in 8:56.18.

Julie Harrison of Scarborough, Ont., was fourth.

“I actually wanted to go about two seconds faster but I’m very happy with my performance,” said Gabor, who specializes in the 100 and 200 freestyles. “The big difference today was my splits were a lot better. In the past I had a habit of going out too fast or too slow.”

In the 400 individual medley, Seeman prevailed again in 4:58.03 with Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., third in 5:04.93. In the open race, Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., was fourth and Paige Schultz of Toronto seventh.

Canada swept the medals in the men’s 1,500 freestyle in the 16 and under age group. Austin Rockett of Mississauga, Ont., was the winner in 16:18.82 with Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria second in 16:33.11 and Jason Dacosta of Beauport, Que., third in 17:01.62.

“I did some hard training after the Christmas holidays and it’s really paid off here,” said Bagshaw, who improved his personal best by 10 seconds. “I just kept focused on my own race. It’s a great experience to race against new people.”

Canada also did well in the men’s 200 butterfly. In the 15-16 race, Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., took gold in 2:09.20 with Wayland Chang of Burnaby, B.C., third in 2:10.39. Rockett was fourth and Thomas Jobin of Calgary seventh. In the 17-18 category, Zack Chetrat of Oakville was second in 2:04.35, Andre Kudaba of New Westminster, B.C., third in 2:07.83 and Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., fourth.

Brenna Mclean of West Vancouver added a bronze in the women’s 20 fly in the 15-16 category while Vanessa Charron of Quebec City was seventh in the open race.

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