Quebec athletes shine on first day of the 2004 Canada Post Canadian Age Class Short Track Championships

Quebec skaters collected 14 of a possible 18 medals on the first day of the 2004 Canada Post Canadian Age Class Short Track Championships being held in Ottawa from April 1-4 at the Orleans Recreation Complex.

The Quebec dominance began when Ann-José Dion lead a sweep of the medals in the midget girls 666-metre final with a time of 1:07.470 followed by teammates Laurie Marceau in a time of 1:07.540 and Cynthia Mascitto in 1:07.850.

In the midget boys race, Quebec’s Olivier Giroux earned the victory clocking a time of 1:06.080 with teammates Mikael Bilodeau and Mikhail-J Choi placing second and third with times of 1:06.120 and 1:13.030 respectively.

Ivanie Blondin of Gloucester skated to victory in the juvenile girls 777-metre race with a time of 1:18.370.

For Blondin this was her second victory in as many weeks in the 777-metre distance. Last weekend she won gold in the distance en route to the overall championship in the juvenile girls division at the 2004 North American Short Track Championships held in Cambridge, Ontario.

Valerie Maltais of Quebec finished second in1:18.420 and Sarah Bouchard also from Quebec was third in 1:18.790.

In the juvenile boys division Quebec skaters once again placed one-two when Maxime Fortin clocked one minute 12.160 seconds for the win with Patrice Richer second in 1:12.280 and Braeden Elliott of Ontario third in 1:13.420.

In the junior women’s 1,000-metre, Caroline Truchon of Quebec placed first with a time of 1:41.500 with Kristi Lay of Alberta second in 1:41.880 and Andrea Do-Duc third in 1:42.270.

On the junior men’s side, Quebec’s Joel Mineau clocked a 1:38.660 followed by Brendan Fenerty of New Brunswick in 1:41.310 and Marc-Antoine Martin of Quebec third in 1:45.740.

Chantale Sévigny of Sherbrooke earned the victory in the 1,500-metre race at the short track speed skating national team trials.

Sévigny, in her 10th season on the national team, clocked 2:31.51 with Kalyna Roberge of St-Etienne de Lauzon, Quebec second in 2:32.36 and Anne Maltais of Quebec third in 2:32.46.

In the men’s 1,500, Frédéric Blackburn of Chicoutimi, Que., came from the middle of the pack to win in 2:18.81. The real battle was for second place as François-Louis Tremblay of Alma, Que., edged Marc-André Monette of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., by 0.01 to finish second in 2:19.02 with Monette clocking 2:19.03.

Competition continues Friday.

Complete results will be posted on Speed Skating Canada’s website when available.