by Nathan White
April 4, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – Katerine Savard, Audrey Lacroix and Noemie Thomas are set to showdown for the women’s 100-m butterfly national title tonight after all three cruised into the final in Friday’s preliminaries at the Canadian Swimming Trials.
The trials serve as the selection meet for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Fans can follow every second of all the finals action via live webcast on Sportsnet.ca. The webcast begins at 5:45 p.m PT (8:45 p.m ET) each night of the four-day meet at http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/2014-canadian-swimming-trials/
Club CAMO’s Savard, the Canadian record holder in the event and fifth at the world championships last year, clocked 58.13 for the fastest morning heat time. Lacroix of the Club de natation des Piscines du Parc Olympique de Montréal followed at 59.22 and Thomas of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver was third at 59.46.
Lacroix is the 200 fly Canadian record holder and Thomas took seventh spot in the 100 at the worlds just behind Savard.
Another key battle is expected to be in the men’s 400-m freestyle with two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria posting the fastest qualifying time at 3:51.09. His fellow Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria athletes Peter Brothers and Alec Page, the 400 IM winner on Thursday, followed at 3:55.79 and 3:55.80.
Richard Funk of Edmonton chases a third gold in the 50-m breaststroke while Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., and Coleman Allen were the top qualifiers in the 200-m backstroke and 100-m butterfly.
Other top qualifiers for the women were world championship medallist Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., in the 200-m backstroke, Tabitha Baumann of Ottawa in the 400-m freestyle and Bronwyn Pasloski of Calgary in the 50-m breaststroke.
Competition continues through to Saturday. Morning heats begin at 10 a.m. each day, with evening finals sessions at 6 p.m.