MONTREAL, Quebec, March 7. ONE of two tune up meets taking place in Canada in anticipation of the country's Olympic Trials next month began with the Quebec Cup starting in Montreal.
Barbara Jardin, 16, pulled the curtain on the meet with a triumph in the women's 400 IM as she hit the wall in 4:51.66 to knock off Kristen Bradley, who finished second in 4:52.23.
In the men's 400 IM, Keith Beavers crushed the field with a winning effort of 4:20.96, which cleared the Provincial record of 4:23.99 set by Tobias Oriwol last year. Oriwol, consequently, finished second in 4:25.46.
Helen Pitchik, 17, touched out youngster Ashley McGregor, 14, in the women's 100 breast, 1:12.74 to 1:12.99, while Mathieu Bois walked away with the men's 100 breast title in 1:02.61 over Darren Mew's 1:03.00.
In the 100 fly races, Audrey Lacroix stamped her name on the women's gold medal with a time of 1:00.13, while Fred Bousquet demolished the competition in the men's heat with a time of 52.87.
Jardin wound up on the losing end of the women's 400 free after winning the IM at the same distance, when she touched in 4:19.81 for second. Charnelle Charron-Watson grabbed the title in 4:15.99. For the men's 400 free, Maxime Roux Dubois picked up the victory in 4:06.72.
In 400 freestyle relays, a team of Victoria Poon, Jardin, Genevieve Saumur and Sonia Wiechec won the women's title in 3:52.15, while the men's team of Bousquet, Marc-Andre Benoit, Guillaume Dulude and Laurent Bedard claimed the men's crown in 3:31.49.
In disability races, newly-crowned Swimming World Disabled Swimmer of the Year Valerie Grand-Maison clocked a 1:10.46 in the women's 100 fly, while Brian Hill won the men's 100 fly in 1:01.04.