Keith Beavers collects fourth gold medal at Quebec Cup

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MONTREAL – Keith Beavers of Waterloo, Ont., earned his fourth gold medal this weekend at the Quebec Cup swimming competition with a victory in the men’s 200-metre backstroke.

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 was the last competitive event before the trials.

Beavers clocked 2:01.33 finishing more than a second ahead of Charles Francis of Montreal in second at 2:02.40 and Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., in third in 2:05.04. Beavers, a 2004 Olympic team member, also won the 100 backstroke and 200 and 400 individual medley races this weekend.

Oriwol cameback to win the men’s 200 butterfly in 2:03.35 with Jonathan Blouin of Quebec City second in 2:04.95 and Alexander Watson of Toronto third in 2:06.63.

Other winners in men’s competition were Mathieu Bois of Montreal in the 200 breaststroke and Simon Tobin of Ste-Foy, Que., in the 1,500 freestyle.

In women’s competition, Audrey Lacroix collected her second gold with a close victory in the women’s 200 butterfly in 2:10.58. Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., was second in 2:10.70 and Pamela Veilleux of Ste-Foy, Que., third in 2:14.22.

It was also a second gold for Gabrielle Soucisse of Beaconsfield in the 200 backstroke. The 17-year-old clocked 2:15.46 for the win with Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City second in 2:16.63.

Other winners in women’s competition were Victoria Poon of Montreal in the 100 freestyle and Geneviève Crevier of Brossard, Que., in the 200 breaststroke.

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