Charron-Watson fifth in France
Chanelle Charron-Watson, a former Gatineau resident now living in Quebec City, posted Canada’s best performance yesterday on the opening stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming tour with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 800-metre freestyle at Canet, France. Sophie Huber of France won the gold medal in eight minutes 35.35 seconds. Charron-Watson, who trains at Laval University, was fifth in 8:52.40. Clubmate Melanie Bouchard of Quebec City was 14th overall. Matt Rose and Rick Say, both of Victoria, placed seventh in the 100-metre freestyle and 400-metre freestyle, respectively.