Former Vikes swimmer Caldwell claims bronze in Glasgow


Jul 28, 2014

Source: Swimming Canada/ Photo credit: Quinn Rooney/GETTY

GLASGOW, Scotland – Canadian swimmers keep winning medals at the Commonwealth Games, as former Vikes swimmer Hilary Caldwell claimed bronze in the women’s 200-metre backstroke Sunday.

The 23-year-old from the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria touched the wall third in 2:08.55. It’s the second major international medal in her collection, joining her bronze in the same event at last year’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona, where she swam a Canadian record of 2:06.80.

“It wasn’t quite where I wanted to be, obviously a little bit off my best but it’s always nice to be on the podium so I’ll take that for now,” Caldwell said.

Australia’s Belinda Hocking set a Commonwealth Games record of 2:07.24 for the gold, while fellow Australian Emily Seebohm just out-touched Caldwell at 2:08.51.

“I knew it was going to be pretty quick,” Caldwell said. “Those Aussie girls are always fast and it’s never great to be out-touched for any medal. I was just off the silver and a little bit off the gold today but I’ve got another chance in a couple weeks at (Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia) so we’ll see how it goes there racing the Aussie girls again.”

There were three Canadian women in the final, as Genevieve Cantin finished seventh at 2:10.91, followed by Sinead Russell at 2:12.61.

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