Canada’s Hilary Caldwell triumphs at Pro Swim Series

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Hilary Caldwell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Olympic bronze medallists Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C. and Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., were first and third Saturday in the women’s 200-m backstroke at the Pro Swim Series competition.

Caldwell produced a powerful second half to win in two minutes and 09.20 seconds. Regan Smith of the U.S., who kept pace with Caldwell for the first 100-m, was second in 2:10.35 staving off a charging Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., third in 2:10.41.

Both Masse and Caldwell, third in the 100-m and 200-m backstrokes in Rio, are tuning up for the FINA World Championships this July in Budapest.

Neither matched their times set at the Canadian Swimming Trials in April and are still ranked second and fourth in the world this year in the event. Masse is second at 2:07.23 and Caldwell’s best 2017 time is 2:07.29.

Other Canadian finalists were Sarah Darcel of Victoria fourth in the 400-m individual medley and Mackenzie Padington of Victoria ninth in the 200-m freestyle.

Padington was also third Thursday in the women’s 1500-m freestyle.

Competition ends Sunday.

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