Katerine Savard opens U.S. Grand Prix with gold

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ORLANDO – Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., didn’t waste any time showing she is ready for a strong 2014 season on Thursday with a victory in the women’s 100-metre butterfly at the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition.

Savard took the gold in 58.50 seconds with veteran Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge second in 59.27 and Claire Donahue of the U.S.

third in 59.60. Sandrine Mainville of Montreal was eighth in 1:02.18.

“I had a great race,” said Savard, the Canadian record holder in the event. “It’s a really good time for this point in the season, I’m happy. It sets me up well for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Team Trials (later this spring in Victoria).”

Savard lowered Canadian records multiple times in 2013 including her 100-m butterfly mark in a fifth place finish at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Swim Ontario added a silver in the women’s 4X100-m freestyle relay clocking 3:53.92 with Kiera Michailoff-Russell of North York, Isabelle Morris of Etobicoke, Dominique Bouchard of North Bay and Kennedy Goss of Toronto.

Sydney Pickrem, a Canadian team swimmer living in Clearwater, Florida, was fourth in the 400-m individual medley.

On the men’s side, Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria was fourth in the 200-m freestyle while Alec Page of Victoria was eighth. Matthew Ackman of Pointe-Claire, Que., was sixth in the 100-m breaststroke and William Brothers of Victoria sixth in the 400-m individual medley.

Competition continues through to Saturday.

Full results: http://results.teamunify.com/orgp/

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