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More Canadian Medals at US Open

Aug 11, 2012  - Karin Helmstaedt

US Open, Indianapolis August 10, 2012

Canadian men take bronze in men’s 4X200 freestyle relay at U.S. Open

Canada earned its fifth medal earlier this week at the U.S. Open swimming competition in Indianapolis as the men took third spot in the 4X200 freestyle relay.

Britain won the gold medal in 7:23.76 with Australia second at 7:24.02.  Hassaan Abdel-Khalik of Mississauga, Ont., Russell Wood of Calgary and Eric Hedlin and Keegan Zanatta, both of Victoria, followed in 7:29.46.

"For us tonight it was about getting experience," said Abdel-Khalik, the oldest of the foursome at 20. "It’s important for us to start preparing for the next four years right now.  The relay can be unpredictable and we need to have these kinds of races under our belts."

Canada was seventh in the women’s 4X200 freestyle relay with Michelle Williams of North York, Ont., Caroline Lapierre-Lemire of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Genevieve Cantin of Quebec City and Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, Que.

After three days of competition, Canada’s 13-member senior national development team had five medals, including Geneviève Cantin's silver in the women’s 200-metre backstroke.

The Quebec City native equalled her personal best time to finish second behind Megan Romano of the U.S (2:09.08) in a time of 2:10.31. Karley Mann of Britain was third in 2:10.95.

"I was hoping to go a bit faster but still to match my best time is a good way to end the summer season," said Cantin.  "The last length was probably the best part of my race but the area I still need to improve is the third length."

Competition continues through to today (Saturday).