Mathieu Bois and Adam Sioui lead Canadian medal parade at Mare Nostrum

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MONTE CARLO – Canadian Olympic team nominees Mathieu Bois of Montreal and Adam Sioui of Trenton, Ont., won two medals apiece at the first stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming tour which concluded on Sunday.

Canada ended the two-day competition with six medals. The second stop is this Tuesday and Wednesday in Barcelona and the third and final stop next weekend in Canet, France.

Bois took silver in the men’s 200-metre breaststroke in 2:15.07 and bronze in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.23.

‘’I’m very satisfied with those performances,’’ said Bois. ‘’We’ve been on the road for training and competitions the last four weeks in preparation for the Olympics. I was strong despite feeling tired and my endurance was there too to help me get those times.’’

Sioui earned silver in the 200 butterfly in 1:58.40 and bronze in the 100 fly in 53.13.

‘’Pretty pleased with that,’’ said Sioui. ‘’I surprised myself with those times. I was focusing mainly on race strategies and trying to duplicate what I do when I’m fully prepared. I know going in the times won’t be the same but I just want to make sure I swim correctly. I want to know when I’m tapered, I’ll be there.’’

Charles Francis of Montreal added silver in the 200 backstroke in 2:02.82 and was also sixth in the 100 backstroke. Andrew Hurd of Toronto took bronze in the 400 freestyle in 3:52.00 and was also fifth in the 100 freestyle. Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

In women’s competition, Erica Morningstar of Calgary and Victoria Poon of Montreal were seventh and eighth in the 100 freestyle and Geneviève Saumur of Montreal eighth in the 200 freestyle.

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