BARCELONA – Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., concluded the third and final stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming tour Sunday with a silver medal in the women’s 50-m butterfly.

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark capped her domination (25.27) on the tour, ahead of Thomas (26.33) and Svetlana Chimrova of Russia (26.38.)

‘’It was kind of a struggle today,’’ said Thomas, 18, also second in the 100-m butterfly on Wednesday at the second stop in Canet-en-Rousillon, France.

‘’We are in the midst of some hard training and to combine that with competitions has taken its toll.’’

Thomas tried to forget about her aches and pains for her race on Sunday.

‘’The 50 fly is more mental than physical, you just have to be on,’’ she said. ‘’It was great to have these opportunities to race Jeanette who really blew everyone away here.  It’s an awesome international experience and very motivating.’’

Thomas was also eighth in the 200-m butterfly on Sunday.

Canada fielded a six-member squad for the annual European tour. The other Canadians competing were: Jeremy Bagshaw and Keegan Zanatta of Victoria, Stefan Milosevic and Luke Peddie of Vancouver and Ariane Mainville of Montreal.

Thomas was in the hunt for the bronze in the 100-m Saturday and took fifth in 58.98 which was 0.01 seconds faster than her time on Wednesday that earned her a silver medal at the second stop in Canet-en-Rousillon, France.

Canada’s other finalist Saturday was Jeremy Bagshaw, who took eighth spot in his second finals appearance this week.

Full results: http://www.natacio.cat/cat/arxiu/veure/2260

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