Savard, Caldwell, Pickrem reach second finals at World Cup


SINGAPORE – Canadians Katerine Savard, Hilary Caldwell and Sydney Pickrem all raced a second final on Wednesday to conclude a FINA World Cup swimming competition.

In the women’s 200-metre butterfly, Savard, of Pont-Rouge, Que., finished fifth in 2:09.39 after a fourth place on Tuesday in the 100-m fly. Franziska Hentke of Germany edged Katinka Hosszu of Hungary by 0.17 seconds for the gold.

“My focus in the 200 today was really on my technique,’’ said Savard, the 100-m fly champion this past summer at the World University Games in Russia. ‘’It’s the start of a new season for us and it’s always a bit stressful. I learned from this summer that I can come back from subpar performances.’’

Hosszu rebounded to win the 100-m backstroke roaring back from fifth place at the 50-metre mark. Caldwell, a bronze medallist at FINA World Championships this past summer in Barcelona, was sixth in 59.10.

“It was better today,” said Caldwell, of White Rock, B.C., also sixth in the 200-m backstroke on Tuesday. “We are still adjusting to the time change and trying to build through each day. These events really test your racing fitness with three meets within a week span plus it’s great to have this opportunity to compete at an unusual time of the year.’’

In the 400-m individual medley it was Hosszu prevailing again for gold. National junior team member Pickrem, a Canadian now living in Oldsmar, Fla., took sixth spot in 4:44.40. On Tuesday, she was seventh in the 200-m backstroke.

“I achieved my goals here, I knew I could crack the top-eight in two events,’’ said Pickrem, third at the FINA World Junior Championships this past August in the 200-m IM. ‘’This is a new experience for me to compete on this circuit and I’m getting used to it. There’s nothing better than competing against the best.’’

Pickrem is one of three juniors on the trip along with Antoine Bujold of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Paige Kremer of St. Albert, Alta.

The next stop on the circuit is Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo.

The competitions are streamed live and free of charge on FINAtv at

The detailed competition schedules can be found on the FINA Swimming World Cup section at

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