MONTREAL – Keith Beavers of Waterloo, Ont., posted victories in the 100-metre backstroke and 200 individual medley on Saturday at 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.
Beavers won the 100 backstroke in 57.43 seconds with Charles Francis of Montreal second in 57.50 and Rob Taylor of Brampton, Ont., third in 57.63.
In the 200 IM, Beavers collected his third gold of the competition clocking 2:03.38 with Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., second in 2:03.51 and Jonathan Aubry of Montreal third in 2:07.29.
In women’s competition, Barbara Jardin of Montreal notched her second win in two days in the 800 freestyle in 8:48.91. Amy Xu of Montreal was second in 8:54.41 and Julie Harrison of Scarborough, Ont., third in 9:090.88.
The most exciting race of the night was the women’s 200 freestyle won by Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., in 2:00.79. She edged Geneviève Saumur of Montreal, who led entering the final length, in second in 2:00.95 and Chanelle Charron-Watson of Quebec City third in 2:01.97.
‘’I was pretty pleased,’’ said Horner. ‘’I knew the field was b and we had a good tight race. I was only six-tenths off my best time so that’s really where I want to be three weeks before the trials. It’s a really good sign for me.’’
Other winners in women’s competition were Gabrielle Soucisse of Beaconsfield in the 100 backstroke and Paige Schultz of Toronto in the 200 IM.
Andrew Hurd of Toronto won the gold medal in the men’s 200 freestyle. Universite Laval’s Rouge et Or took both 4X200 freestyle relays.
Competition ends Sunday.