HALIFAX, Canada, February 14. SHORT course meter competition came to a close during the second set of finals at the Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships held in Halifax.
Barbara Jardin was the class of the women's 200 fly with a time of 2:11.37, while Zsofi Balazs touched second in 2:14.20. She just touched out Lindsay Seemann, who took third in 2:14.73 ahead of Meghan Brockington's 2:14.77. Another close contest occurred in the men's 200 fly as Tim Ruse bettered David Sharpe, 1:58.48 to 1:58.57. Jonathan Gagne placed third in 2:03.06.
Ashley McGregor topped the women's 200 breast in 2:28.46, while Hilary Bell finished second in 2:29.66 and Marie-Eve Daigneau grabbed third in 2:32.78. For the men, Mathieu Bois posted a 2:12.47 for the win. Warren Barnes took second in 2:13.52 just ahead of Simon Dupuis' 2:13.94.
In the sprint freestyle events, Victoria Poon hit the wall ahead of Genevieve Saumur, 54.22 to 54.43, in the women's 100 free. Chelsea Rolin clinched third in 55.57. Matthew Swanston snatched the men's 100 free in 49.64, while Marc-Andre Benoit placed second in 50.79. Karim Zayed captured third in 50.82.
Jardin picked up her second win of the evening with a 2:09.36 in the women's 200 back. Seemann finished second in 2:10.03, while Paige Schultz collected third in 2:10.89. Swanston came back with another victory in the men's 200 back. He stopped the clock in 1:56.58, while Charles Francis took second in 1:58.11. Graham Hawes earned third in 1:59.30.
Marie-Soleil Jean-Lachapelle ripped off a time of 31.41 for the women's 50 breast, while Michaela Sceli took second in 32.40. McGregor claimed third in 32.80. Barnes completed the night with a winning time of 27.93 in the men's 50 breast. Minkwang Shu (28.50) and Felix Centeno (29.45) rounded out the top three.