Savard breaks her national record


MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., broke her own national record in the women’s 100-metre butterfly on Sunday night to cap a great showing by Canadian swimmers at the Fran Crippen Memorial competition.

Savard clocked 57.40 to eclipse her previous best of 57.80 set in 2011. Noemie Thomas of Vancouver was second in that race in 57.96.

Savard also won the 200-m butterfly with Thomas taking third spot.

Both Savard and Thomas are among a group of Canadians who were tuning up for the FINA World Championships set for July 19 to Aug. 4 in Barcelona.

Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane collected two wins as well, placing first in the 1500-m freestyle and leading a Canadian medal sweep in the 400-m freestyle with Jeremy Bagshaw of Victoria second and Keegan Zanatta of Victoria third. Bagshaw added a bronze in the 200-m freestyle.

Hilary Caldwell of Surrey, B.C., took gold in the 200-m backstroke and silver in the 100-m backstroke.

It was also a successful weekend for Alexa Komarnycky of Victoria with gold in the women’s 400-m individual medley and bronze in the 200-m freestyle. Russell Wood of Calgary also stepped on the podium twice with silver in the men’s 100-m backstroke and bronze in the 200-m back.

The UBC Dolphins captured gold in the men’s 4×100-m freestyle relay and the 4×100-m medley relay. Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club was second in the 4×100-m freestyle. Island Swimming of Victoria won the men’s 4×200-m freestyle. Edmonton Keyano took silver in the women’s 4×200-m freestyle and bronze in the women’s 4X100-m medley relay.

Canadians also picked up two medals in the 200-m breaststroke with Ashton Baumann of Ottawa taking silver in the men’s race and Fiona Doyle of Calgary earning bronze in the women’s event. Jason Block of Calgary and Nick Kostiuk of Edmonton were 2-3 in the men’s 100-m breaststroke.

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Scott Harrigan
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