Keith Beavers ends Speedo Eastern Championships with four gold medals

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TORONTO – Keith Beavers of Waterloo, Ont., collected his fourth gold medal this week at the Speedo Eastern Championships swimming competition with a victory in the men’s 400-metre individual medley on Sunday.

Beavers won the race in four minutes and 21.58 seconds. Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., was second in 4:30.03 and Tim Ruse of Pointe-Claire, Que., was third in 4:34.29.

Beavers also won the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 IM races this week.

Like many swimmers at this competition Beavers is tuning up for the CN Swimming Trials April 1-6 in Montreal which will determine the Canadian Olympic team. Beavers was a 2004 Olympian.

“I came into this competition in the midst of some hard training and feeling pretty tired,” said Beavers. “Considering all that, the performances here are pretty good. The 400 IM is the win I’m most pleased with of the four. I was feeling pretty rough going in.”

Beavers plans to race all four events he won here with the main focus on the two IM’s and 200 backstroke.

“I have an outside shot in the 100 backstroke but the other three I think I can make the team on,” he said. “In my training there are things we’ll change after my performances here and we’ll look to focus more on speed and power.”

Other winners in men’s competition were Julien Roy-Lavallée of Montreal in the 100 breaststroke, Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., in the 100 butterfly and France Zuccaro of Etobicoke, Ont., in the 200 freestyle. Zuccaro also won the 1,500 freestyle on Thursday and Roy-Lavallée took the 50 breaststroke on Saturday.

In women’s competition, Amanda Reason of London, Ont., collected her second gold of the competition winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.85. Laura Sogar of a visiting U.S., club was second in 1:11.33 and Ashley McGregor of Pointe-Claire, Que., was third in 1:12.23.

The other victors picked up their first individual gold medals of the meet. They were: Marie-Pier Couillard of Levis, Que., in the 50 backstroke, Hilary Bell of Toronto in the 200 freestyle and Alexa Komarnicky of Etobicoke in the 400 IM.

Sunday’s leading results at the Speedo Eastern Championships in Toronto:

MEN
50 backstroke: 1. Matthew Swanston, Newmarket, Ont., 27.32; 2. Graham Hawes, Scarborough, Ont., 27.36; 3. Evan Buck, Guelph, Ont., 27.54.

100 breaststroke: 1. Julien Roy-Lavallee, Montreal, 1:05.10; 2. John Stamhuis, Levis, Que., 1:05.40; 3. Simon Dupuis, Brossard, Que., 1:05.84.

100 butterfly : 1. Joe Bartoch, London, Ont., 54.50; 2. Scott Farrow, Peterborough, Ont., 56.08; 3. Éric Cantin, Quebec City, 56.40.

200 freestyle: 1. France Zuccaro, Etobicoke, Ont., 1:53.03; 2. Hassaan Abdel-Khalik, Etobicoke, 1:54.67; 3. Kyle Smerdon, Toronto, 1:54.81.

400 individual medley: 1. Keith Beavers, Waterloo, Ont., 4:21.58; 2. Andrew Ford, Guelph, Ont., 4:30.03; 3. Tim Ruse, Pointe-Claire, Que., 4:34.29.

WOMEN
50 backstroke: 1. Marie-Pier Couillard, Levis, Que., 30.34; 2. Sinead Russell, Oakville, Ont., 30.46; 3. Karah Stanworth-Belleville, Beaconsfield, Que., 30.76.

100 breaststroke: 1. Amanda Reason, London, Ont., 1:10.85; 2. Laura Sogar, U.S., 1:11.33; 3. Ashley McGregor, Pointe-Claire, Que., 1:12.23.

100 butterfly: 1. Alex Forrester, U.S., 1:01.77; 2. Tasha Truscott, Georgetown, Ont., 1:02.31; 3. Paige Miller, Brampton, Ont., 1:02.68.

200 freestyle: 1. Hilary Bell, Toronto, 2:03.16; 2. Elizabeth Beisel, U.S., 2:03.60; 3. Caroline Murray, Quebec City, 2:04.08.

400 individual medley: 1. Alexa Komarnicky, Etobicoke, Ont., 4:45.78; 2. Monika Stitski, Etobicoke, 4:51.10; 3. Kristen Bradley, Quebec City, 4:53.18.

Full results at: www.swimming.ca/liveresults/08SpeedoEast/

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