Canada shines in the fly at U.S. Grand Prix

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AUSTIN, Tex. – Noemie Thomas of Vancouver and Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., finished 1-2 in the women’s 100-metre butterfly on Friday night to open the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix swimming circuit.

Thomas controlled the race from start to finish and clocked 58.54 seconds.  Lacroix, a two-time Olympian, followed in 59.47 and Kathleen Baker of the U.S.

was third in 1:00.22.  Kendra Chernoff of Edmonton took eighth place.

‘’I swam around that time at this point last season so I wanted to tie or better that,’’ said Thomas, 17.  ‘’The Canadian record (57.31 held by Katerine Savard) was on my mind but still it’s a good time for this point in the season.’’

Other Canadian women finalists were Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., fourth in the 200-m breaststroke; Savannah King of Vancouver fifth in the 400-m freestyle; and Victoria Poon of Montreal sixth in the 100-m freestyle.

For the men, Coleman Allen of Vancouver was seventh in the 100-m butterfly and Nick Kostiuk of Edmonton eighth in the 100-m breaststroke.

U.S. Grand Prix information: www.usaswimming.org

Full results: http://www.txlameetresults.com/ 

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