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Christin Petelski Earns Second Gold at Club Nationals - SNC Report

Christin Petelski of Victoria, a two-time Olympian, earned a second gold medal in the breaststroke this weekend winning the women's 200-metre race Saturday at the inaugural Club Nationals swimming competition.

Petelski, tuning up for the World University Games in South Korea next month, clocked 1:11.40 for the win. Lisa Blackburn of Waterloo, Ont., the 50 breaststroke winner, was second at 1:12.90 and Michelle Mange of Vancouver third at 1:13.53.

'I've battled injuries this year so I'm just glad I'll be competing at an event like the Student Games,' said Petelski. 'I've picked up my training since the world trials (in June) and it showed tonight. It's been overall a down year for me but I'm till planning to fight for a spot on the Olympic team next year.'

In the women's 200 freestyle, Elizabeth Collins of Regina denied Maya Beaudry of Vancouver a third gold medal with a victory. Collins clocked 2:04.04 while Beaudry, the 100 and 400 freestyle winner, was second in 2:04.84.

Other winners in women's competition were Audrey Lacroix of Montreal in the 100 butterfly and Caitlin Meredith of Vancouver in the 200 backstroke.

In men's competition, Jesse Jacks of Victoria and Colin Russell of Calgary each added a second gold medal with wins in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle respectively. Desmond Strelzow of Vancouver took the 200 backstroke.

The competition is also an age group meet with races held in the 14 and under and 15-17 for the men and 13 and under and 14-15 for the women.