Louis Daignault (ISN)
June 1, 2013, Santa Clara, Calif (ISN) – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., won the gold in the women’s 100-metre butterfly to highlight a four-medal day for Canadian swimmers at the Santa Clara Grand Prix.
Savard came within one second of her personal best time clocking 58.83 with Dana Vollmer of the U.S. second in 58.90, Kendyl Stewart of the U.S. third at 59.22 and Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge fourth at 59.89.
”It’s a swim that gives me a lot of confidence,” said Savard. ”I was especially pleased with the second half of my race. There’s still a few weeks before the world championships and I know I can still improve.”
In the women’s 400-m freestyle, Gillian Ryan of the U.S., was first in 4:11.83 edging Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria second in 4:11.93. Barbara Jardin of Montreal was eighth.
”It was better than expected,” said Komarnycky, who is going to swim in three events at the worlds. ”I was focused on getting out faster and keeping a constant stroke throughout the race.”
In the men’s 400-m freestyle, Connor Jaeger of the U.S., prevailed in 3:46.93, Conor Dwyer of the U.S., was second in 3:48.20 and two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria third in 3:49.62. Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria was eighth.
”It was good to see both swims in the 3:49 range,” said Cochrane, also third in the 800 freestyle on Thursday. ”It was great to have an opportunity to get in this kind of quality racing against such a fast field.”
Canada added a silver in the women’s 400-m freestyle relay with Hannah Riordan, Victoria Poon, Sandrine Mainville and Jardin swimming for the Club de natation des piscines du parc Olympique.
Other Canadian finalists were Martha McCabe of Toronto fifth in the women’s 200-m breaststroke, Poon seventh in the women’s 100-m freestyle and Richard Funk of Edmonton eighth in the men’s 200-m breaststroke.
Competition continues Saturday.