Canadas Chelsey Salli wins gold at Euro Meet 2008 swimming competition

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LUXEMBURG – Chelsey Salli of Langley, B.C., won the gold medal Saturday in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke at the Euro Meet 2008 swimming competition.

Salli won the race in 2:30.11, which she said was the second fastest time of her career. Simone Weiler of Germany was second in 2:31.23 and Yuliya Pidlisna of Ukraine third in 2:31.90. Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta.

, was fourth.

“Last week in Geneva I didn’t get out fast enough and I fixed that today,” said Salli. “I went out faster and I held the race really well. It was close for the first 100-metres but then I was able to take control. I felt really comfortable in the water.”

Alexandra Gabor of Whitehorse was fourth in the 200 freestyle. Salli was also sixth in the 50 breaststroke and Vanessa Charron of Quebec City sixth in the women’s 50 butterfly. Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont. was eighth in the women’s 200 IM.

The evening finals were all open races with the eight best qualifiers from the morning preliminaries. From the preliminaries, medals were presented to the top age group swimmers. The Canadian medallists were for the women (all in the 15-16 age group):

Gabor, Heather MacLean of Toronto and Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., were 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle; Nicol won the 200 breaststroke; Nicol and Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., were 1-2 in the 50 breaststroke; Seeman won the 200 IM ; Reason was second in the 50 freestyle; and Seeman and Russell were 2-3 in the 100 backstroke.

For the men:
Wayland Chang of Burnaby, B.C., won the 16 and under 200 breaststroke and Kyle Troskot took the 16 and under 50 freestyle; Anders McIntyre of Vernon, B.C., and Jason Dacosta of Beauport, Que., were 2-3 in the 16 and under 200 freestyle; McIntyre was also second in the 100 backstroke; Matthew Swanston of Newmarket was third in the 17-18 100 backstroke as was Christopher Bezeau of Sherbrooke, Que., in the 17-18 50 butterfly.

Competition ends Sunday.

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