MONTERREY, Mexico – Lindsay Seeman of Newmarket, Ont., currently tuning up for her first Olympic Games, finished fourth in the women’s 200-metre backstroke on Thursday at the world junior swimming championships.
Zuzanna Mazurek of Poland won the gold medal in 2:12.56 with Elizabeth Pelton of the U.S., second in 2:13.53 and Karolina Urbanska of Poland third in 2:13.83. Seeman was seventh entering the last turn but roared back into medal contention finishing fourth in 2:14.14.
At 15, Seeman will be one of the youngest athletes on the Canadian Olympic team. Thursday’s race was her most important of the week as she qualified for the Games in the 200 backstroke. She was hoping to fare a little better.
“I wasn’t overly pleased”,?said Seeman about her final. “My strategy was to hold back in the first 100 and save a little bit for the last 50. But my third 50 was slower than I would have hoped and that’s what really hurt my race”.??
In the women’s 100 breaststroke semifinal, 14-year-old Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., who was coming off a Canadian senior record performance and bronze medal in the 50 breaststroke, was seventh overall to qualify for Friday’s final.
Competition continues through to Sunday.
Full results at: http://www.resultadosfmn.org.mx/CMJ2008/