More shine for Burlington’s Russell

CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – Burlington’s Sinead Russell picked up a silver medal at the second stop of the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit on Wednesday (June 6).

Russell was second in the women’s 100 backstroke in 1:01.26. The Canadian Olympic team member’s silver medal swim comes on the heels of a gold medal finish in California last week.

Lizzie Simmonds of Britain took the gold in 1:00.71. Lauren Lavigna of Vancouver was fifth and Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg seventh.

Seventeen-year-old Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Ottawa won the gold medal in the women’s 200-metre individual medley while Olympians Brent Hayden and Katerine Savard were silver medalists.

In the women’s 200 IM, Seltenreich-Hodgson clocked two minutes and 13.94 seconds for her first career international win. Yuzhe He of China took the silver in 2:14.74 and Lara Grangeon of France was third at 2:14.75.

Seltenreich-Hodgson is one of eight junior swimmers competing on the three-stop tour this week.

Brent Hayden, of Mission, B.C., took silver in the men’s 50 freestyle in 22.38 just 0.02 seconds off the time posted by winner Florent Manaudou of France.

Tobias Oriwol of Toronto, also an Olympic nominee, took bronze in the men’s 200 IM. Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., added a bronze in the 200 breaststroke.