QUEBEC CITY – Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., was a double winner on Thursday to open the Speedo Eastern Canadian Open Swimming Championships being held this week at Université Laval.
Harvey took gold in the women’s 200-m freestyle and 100-m backstroke in the 15 and under age group. In the 200 free, Harvey gained her advantage with a strong third length to finish in 2:05.01 less than a second ahead of Catherine Matte of Quebec City.
Other winners in the age group were Aleena Luetchford of Bowmanville, Ont., in the 50-m butterfly, Francesca Di Fiore of Pointe-Claire, Que., in the 200-m breaststroke and Olivia Anderson of Etobicoke, Ont., in the 800-m freestyle.
The biggest star at the competition is world championship medallist Martha McCabe of Toronto and she didn’t disappoint. She decisively won the gold medal in the 200-m breaststroke in the 16 and over age group in 2:26.16.
Also with victories in the age group were Michelle Williams of North York, Ont., in the 50-m butterfly, Meryn McCann of Etobicoke in the 200-m freestyle, Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., in the 100-m backstroke and Tessa Cieplucha of Oakville, Ont., in the 800-m freestyle.
For the men, the winners in the 16 and under age group were Alexandre Perreault of Ottawa in the 50-m butterfly, Joseph Atkinson of North York in the 200-m freestyle, Liam Veregin of Ottawa in the 100-m backstroke and Marshal Dubord of Longueuil, Que., in the 200-m breaststroke.
In the 17 and over age group the victors were Eric Cantin of Chateauguay, Que., in the 50-m butterfly, Gael Chaubet of Longueil in the 200-m freestyle, Ivan Cocunubo of Gatineau, Que., in the 100-m backstroke and Antoine Bujold of Pointe-Claire in the 200-m breaststroke.
Competition continues through to Sunday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. More than 600 swimmers representing 99 clubs from five provinces are at the competition.