Last rehearsal gets underway for Olympic hopefuls at Quebec Cup swimming competition

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MONTREAL – Audrey Lacroix of Montreal, Chanelle Charron-Watson of Quebec City, Mathieu Bois of Montreal and Keith Beavers of Waterloo were among the victors on Friday to open the Quebec Cup swimming competition.

The competition is being held at the Olympic Park Pool which will host the CN Swimming Trials Olympic selection meet April 1-6. For many swimmers this is the last competitive event before the trials.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Lacroix clocked one minute and 00.13 seconds with Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., second in 1:01.25 and Pamela Veilleux of Quebec City third in 1:01.26.

‘’I had a good final after struggling with my start in the preliminaries,’’ said Lacroix. ‘’This is a great opportunity to get use to the venue here for the trials. It’s sort of a last dress rehearsal and one of the things I’m trying to do is map out a routine for myself.’’

In the men’s 400 individual medley, Beavers clocked 4:20.96 for the win with Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., second in 4:25.46 and Bruno Langlois of Quebec City third in 4:30.18.

‘’It went really well,’’ said Beavers. ‘’I was faster than three weeks ago at East Nationals. My goal here is to race my best events. There’s no better preparation for an event like the Olympic trials than competing.’’

Other winners in men’s competition were Mathieu Bois of Montreal in the 100 breaststroke, Frederick Bousquet in the 100 butterfly and Maxime Roux Dubois of Quebec City in the 400 freestyle.

‘’It went well,’’ said Bois who beat Britain’s Darren Mew at the finish by 0.4 seconds. ‘’I had a tough challenge and I feel I won the race in my first 50 metres. It was great to come here and feel the atmosphere and get use the new starting blocks and the whole venue in general.’’

Other winners in women’s competition were Barbara Jardin of Montreal in the 400 IM, Helen Pitchik of Toronto in the 100 breaststroke and Chanelle Charron-Watson of Quebec City in the 400 freestyle.

‘’I was sick two weeks ago so it’s nice to come here and have some success,’’ said Charron-Watson. ‘’I know I’m on the right track. I felt in control and I managed my race really well.’’

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