Savard, Caldwell lead Canadians to Asian World Cups

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OTTAWA – World championship bronze medallist Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., and World University Games champion Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., lead a Canadian group to this month’s FINA World Cup swimming stops in Asia.

The three other Canadians on the trip are national junior team members Antoine Bujold of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Paige Kremer of St. Albert, Alta.

, and Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian, now living in Oldsmar, Florida. All three were on Canada’s team at the world junior championships this past August.

The World Cup stops are Tuesday and Wednesday in Singapore, Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo and November 13-14 in Beijing. Caldwell and Savard will compete at all three while the juniors compete at the first two then remain in Tokyo for an extra week of training.

The competitions will be streamed live and free of charge on FINAtv at http://finatv.fina.org/

The detailed competition schedules can be found on the FINA Swimming World Cup section at www.fina.org.

Caldwell, who trains at the Victoria Academy of Swimming, won one of four Canadian swimming medals at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, placing third in the women’s 200-m backstroke in Canadian record time.

Savard took gold in the 100-m butterfly and silver in the 50-m butterfly at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, then lowered her national mark in the 100-m fly in a fifth place finish in Barcelona.

Pickrem reached three finals at the world juniors which included a bronze in the 200-m individual medley. Bujold reached one final while Kremer was on two fourth place relay finishes.

After the competition, the juniors will train at the Japanese Institute of Sport Science for four days.They will work with senior sport biomechanist Allan Wrigley of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and also train with Japanese team members.

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