Caldwell, Savard post faster times at Tokyo World Cup

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TOKYO – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., and Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., each reached a final this weekend at a FINA World Cup swimming stop in Tokyo.

Savard, the World University Games champion, took sixth spot in the 100-m butterfly for her third final this week over two World Cup events. Alicia Coutts of Australia won in a World Cup record 55.30 seconds, Yuka Katou of Japan was second in 56.09 and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden was third in 56.14.

Savard was fourth at the turn and finished in 57.35, more than half a second faster than her time earlier this week at the World Cup stop in Singapore where she placed fourth overall.

In the women’s 200-m backstroke, Caldwell finished seventh in 2:07.00 which was 1.38 seconds faster than in Singapore where she was sixth. Daryna Zevina of Ukraine was the winner in 2:01.70, Elizabeth Simmonds of Britain was second in 2:02.34 and Emily Seebohm of Australia third in 2:04.13. In the 100 backstroke, Caldwell, a world championship medallist this past summer, missed the final by one spot.

Three Canadian junior team members – Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian living in Oldsmar, Florida, Antoine Bujold of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Paige Kremer of St. Albert, Alta., are also on the Asian trip.

The juniors will remain in Tokyo for a four-day camp while Savard and Caldwell head to the next World Cup stop in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday.

Full results: http://www.omegatiming.com/Competition?id=00010D020BFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=2013

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