CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France (ISN) – Seventeen-year-old Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa won the gold medal in the women’s 200-metre individual medley while Olympians Brent Hayden, Katerine Savard and Sinead Russell each added silver at the second stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.
In the women’s 200 IM, Seltenreich-Hodgson clocked two minutes and 13.94 seconds for her first career international win. Yuzhe He of China took the silver in 2:14.74 and Lara Grangeon of France was third at 2:14.75.
Seltenreich-Hodgson is one of eight junior swimmers competing on the three stop tour this week. ‘’Erika and the rest of our juniors have done a great job so far,’’ said Canadian national coach Tom Johnson.
Hayden, of Mission, B.C., took silver in the men’s 50 freestyle in 22.38 just 0.02 seconds off the time posted by winner Florent Manaudou of France. Hayden will race his Olympic event, the 100 freestyle, on Wednesday.
‘’I’m pleased with Brent’s improving performances over the last few weeks,’’ said Johnson. ‘’We’re out here competing under various conditions and to get race fit. There are areas to work on and nothing brings the message home than being out-touched at the finish.’’
In the women’s 100 butterfly, Ingvild Snildald of Norway won gold in 58.53 just edging Savard, from Pont-Rouge, Que., second in 58.56. Noemie Thomas of Vancouver was sixth and Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge seventh.
‘’It was an OK race,’’ said Savard. ‘’I’ve had trouble getting untracked in the start of my races but that worked better today. This time I had difficulties with my finish. The big challenge on this tour is to produce three consistent performances in each of your events.’’
Russell, of Burlington, Ont., was second in the women’s 100 backstroke in 1:01.26. Lizzie Simmonds of Britain took the gold in 1:00.71. Lauren Lavigna of Vancouver was fifth and Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg seventh.
Tobias Oriwol of Toronto, also an Olympic nominee, took bronze in the men’s 200 IM with Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., fifth. Charles Francis of Cowansville, Que., was fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., added a bronze in the 200 breaststroke and Ashley McGregor of Pointe-Claire, Que., was sixth. In the 50 breaststroke, Smith and McGregor were fourth and sixth.
Van Landeghem and Victoria Poon of Montreal were fourth and sixth in the 50 freestyle while Barbara Jardin of Montreal and Karyn Jewell of Orleans, Ont., were fourth in the 200 freestyle and 800 freestyle respectively.