CHARLOTTE – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., won the gold medal Friday in the women’s 100-m butterfly and Canada added silver in both relays to open the fifth stop on the U.S. Grand Prix circuit in swimming.
Savard, tuning up for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships this summer, clocked 58.60 seconds with Claire Donahue of the U.S.
In the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay, Canada’s Male Junior Relay Initiative Tour took the silver and bronze in its competitive debut. The silver medal winning team was comprised of Mitchel Ferraro of Uxbridge, Ont., Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., Yuri Kisil of Calgary and Stefan Milosevic of Victoria. They clocked 3:24.09
The third place squad members were Gael Chaubet of Longueuil, Que., Oliver Straszynski of Toronto, Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Jonathan Brown of Vancouver in 3:29.24. The other four members of the Male Junior Relay Initiative Tour were fourth in 3:29.92 with Gavin Dyke of St. John’s, N.L., Justin Chan of Vancouver, Mirando Jarry of Montreal and Marshal Parker of Vancouver. SwimMac from North Carolina took the gold in 3:23.92.
A Junior Male Relay Take-Off camp was held last month as part of a strategy to develop the next generation of Canadian men’s freestyle relay teams. The NFL Combine style camp focused on developing 4×100-m and 4×200-m freestyle relays and the swimmers executed anaerobic and endurance test sets as well as work on relay takeovers, strength and conditioning.
In the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, SwimMac won again in 3:44.60 with Swim Ontario second in 3:53.74 with Kennedy Goss of Toronto, Kylie Masse of Windsor, Keira Brazeau of Brockville and Annika Grewal of Oakville.
Ackman was also in two individual finals. He placed fourth in the 100-m breaststroke in 1:02.89 just 0.17 seconds from a podium spot. He was also eighth in the 50-m breaststroke.
Competition continues through to Sunday.