BEIJING – World University Games champion Katerine Savard capitalized on a second opportunity to swim the women’s 100-m butterfly on Wednesday and placed fourth in the final for her best result this season on the FINA World Cup circuit.
Alicia Coutts of Australia won the gold medal in 56.00 seconds, Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden was second in 56.17 and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary third in 57.40.
Savard, of Pont-Rouge, Que., found out in the afternoon she would swim the final after ranking ninth in the preliminaries. The top-eight advance but one of the initial finalists withdrew.
“I was really glad to get that second swim,” said Savard, also a finalist at the world championships this past summer. “I was disappointed in my preliminaries and I knew I could do a lot better.”
In the women’s 200-m backstroke, Daryna Zevina of Ukraine topped the field in 2:01.47, Emily Seebohm of Australia was second in 2:03.95 and Elizabeth Simmonds of Britain third in 2:04.14. World championship bronze medallist Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., was sixth.
“My performances have been similar throughout these three World Cups,” said Caldwell. “Still it’s been a great opportunity to get some quality racing in at this point in the season.”
Competition ends Thursday.