Bois and Hurd earn second wins at Quebec Cup swimming competition

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MONTREAL – Mathieu Bois of Montreal and Andrew Hurd of Toronto, both tuning up for this summer’s Olympic Games, each won their second gold medal on Saturday at the Quebec Cup swimming competition being held this weekend at the Olympic Park Sports Centre.

In the men’s 200 breaststroke, Bois didn’t waste anytime to build a commanding lead and placed first in 2:16.09.

Keith Beavers of Orangeville, Ont., was second and Bryn Jones of London, Ont., third. On Friday, Bois took the 50 breaststroke.

In the men’s 400 freestyle, Hurd was also fast off the blocks and cruised to victory in 3:53.67. Ryan Feeley of the U.S., was second and Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., third. Hurd took Friday’s 200 freestyle.

World champion Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., won the men’s 50 freestyle in 22.66 with Ryk Neethling of South Africa second in 22.71 and Martyn Forde of Toronto third in 23.17. Hayden and Neethling are favored to face-off again in Sunday’s 100 freestyle. Hayden won the world title in the 100 freestyle last year while Neethling was a member of South Africa’s 4X100 freestyle relay Olympic champion squad.

Charles Francis of Montreal took gold in the men’s 200 backstroke and also helped his CNPPO Club to victory in the 4X100 freestyle relay.

In women’s competition, Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., posted the win in the 100 butterfly clocking 1:00.57. She edged Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., in second at 1:00.66 in one of the closest races of the night. Both swimmers are also preparing for Beijing.

Other winners on the women’s side were: Victoria Poon of Montreal in the 50 freestyle, Ashley McGregor of Pointe-Claire, Que., in the 200 breaststroke, Barbara Jardin of Montreal in the 200 backstroke and Zsofia Balazs of Toronto in the 400 freestyle.

Jardin and Poon were also part of the winning 4X100 freestyle relay for CNPPO.

Competition ends Sunday.

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