OTTAWA, Canada, February 19. SEVERAL times throughout the second day of short course meter swimming, the fastest event times came during the age group division swims at the Speedo Eastern Championships.
Brittany MacLean, 15, beat allcomers in the women's 100 back with a 59.86 in the 15-and-under division. Gabrielle Soucisse won the open title with a 1:00.81, while Barbara Jardin took second in 1:01.13. Paige Miller finished third in 1:01.39. Graham Hawes followed in the men's 100 back with a swift 54.48. Gleb Suvorov placed second in 56.31, while Charles Francis earned third in 56.58.
Katerine Savard dropped a 27.16 to claim the women's 50 fly, while Sandrine Mainville touched second in 27.27. Miller earned her second podium with a third-place 27.39. Christopher Bezeau topped the men's sprint fly in 25.03, while Marc-Andre Benoit finished second in 25.11. Antoine Belzil took third in 25.31, while Matthew Grillo, 16, posted a 25.31 in the 16-and-under heat.
Ashley McGregor touched out Tera Van Beilen, 2:26.29 to 2:26.39, in the women's 200 breast. Julie Calvert finished third in 2:29.02. Lyam Dias, 16, posted the fastest time in the men's 200 breast with a 2:14.12 in the 16-and-under heat. Warren Barnes won the open title in 2:14.63, while Ashton Baumann finished second in 2:15.12. Jeremie Holdom claimed third in 2:17.31.
Amanda Reason claimed the women's 50 free title in 25.33, while Mainville took second for another podium with a 25.50. Hanna Shcherba rounded out the top three in 25.55. Grillo continued a strong meet with a 23.38 for the fastest time in the men's 50 free out of the 16-and-under heat. Grant Harding captured the open title in 23.39, while Alain Turcotte placed second in 23.53. Frederic Le Blanc finished third in 23.62.
Lindsay Seemann clocked a 4:44.01 for the winning women's 400 IM time. Van Beilen went to the podium for the second time with a silver-winning 4:49.38. Vanessa Treasure snatched third in 4:50.19. Austin Rockett touched in 4:22.71 to win the men's 400 IM. Matt Hawes finished second in 4:23.92, while Holdom earned third in 4:23.99.
In relay action, Etobicoke's Lauren Earp, Reason, Jacqueline Keire and MacLean won the women's 400 free relay in 3:41.45. CNPPO's Francis, Bezeau, Benoit and Christopher Rinaldi claimed the men's 400 free relay in 3:26.11.