Stephanie Horner nears Canadian record at Quebec Cup 2 swimming competition

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MONTREAL – Beijing-bound Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., neared the Canadian record in the women’s 200-metre freestyle on Friday at the Quebec Cup 2 swimming competition.

The competition has attracted several Canadian Olympic nominees as well as South African Olympic champion Ryk Neethling.

In the women’s 200 freestyle, Horner won the gold medal in one minute and 58.85 seconds just off the 1:58.73 swam by Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont.

, at the same Olympic Park’s Sports Centre pool in April at the Beijing Trials. Geneviève Saumur of Montreal was second and Heather MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., third.

Three Canadian Olympians and Neethling were in the men’s 200 freestyle final. Andrew Hurd of Toronto emerged with the win in 1:49.64, Joel Greenshields of Airdrie, Alta., was second in 1:50.65, Neethling third in 1:50.92 and Keith Beavers of Orangeville, Ont., fourth in 1:51.95.

Beavers returned to win in the men’s 200 individual medley in 2:01.10. Also with victories in the men’s races were Olympic nominees Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., in 100 backstroke and Mathieu Bois of Montreal in the 50 breaststroke, Neethling won the 50 butterfly.

Other victors in women’s competition were Elizabeth Wycliffe of Kingston, Ont., in the 100 backstroke, Monika Stitski of Etobicoke in the 200 IM, Sandrine Mainville of Beauport, Que., in the 50 butterfly and Michelle Laprade of Montreal in the 50 breaststroke.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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