QUEBEC CITY – Tessa Cieplucha took the gold medal in the 400-m individual medley then helped the Oakville Aquatic Club to victory in the 4X200-m freestyle relay on Friday at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Open swimming competition being held this week at Université Laval.
Cieplucha won by more than five seconds in the 400-m IM in the 16 and over age group for her second individual gold of the competition.
Other winners in the age group were Michelle Williams of North York, Ont., in the 100-m freestyle, world championship medallist Martha McCabe of Toronto in the 100-m breaststroke and Eliana Beaudry of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., in the 50-m backstroke.
In the men’s 17 and over age group winners were Dominique Massie-Martel of Quebec City in the 100-m freestyle, Antoine Bujold of Pointe-Claire, Que., in the 100-m breaststroke, Christian Ng of Markham, Ont., in the 400-m IM and Mirando Jarry of Montreal in the 50-m backstroke.
Marie-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivieres, Que., notched her third victory of the competition placing first in the 100-m freestyle in the women’s 15 and under group. Also winning were Nina Kucheran of Sudbury, Ont., in the 100-m breaststroke, Mabel Zavaros of Oakville in the 400-m IM and Lily Bellehumeur-Bechamp of Quebec City in the 50-m backstroke.
In the men’s 16 and under group, winners were Guillermo Cruz Zuniga of Longueuil, Que., in the 100-m freestyle, Xavier Gaudreau in the 100-m breaststroke, Sabastian Paulins of Brantford, Ont., in the 400-m IM and Liam Veregin of Ottawa in the 50-m backstroke.
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.