Katerine Savard Drops Penny Oleksiak’s 50 Fly Canadian Record by .01

Photo Courtesy: Scott Grant/Swimming Canada

While all eyes seem to be on Omaha, there is still fast swimming happening worldwide as other swimmers narrow their focus into the Olympic Games. A prelims swim in Canada this morning turned heads.

Katerine Savard broke the Canadian record in the women’s 50 butterfly this morning. Swimming in prelims at the Quebec Cup in Montreal she stopped the clock in 25.92, just .01 faster than the old record.

Two weeks ago at the Mare Nostrum Canet stop Penny Oleksiak clocked a 25.93. The 15 year old recorded a 25.97 at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte in May. Oleksiak’s time was also the World Junior record.

Before Oleksiak claimed and lowered the record, it belonged to Savard who clocked a 26.05 at the 2013 World University Games.

Savard will head to Rio on the Canadian 800 freestyle relay. At Canadian Olympic Trials in April, she finished third in the 100 butterfly– one of the quickest events of the meet. In that race, Oleksiak took down Savard’s national record and Noemie Thomas finished second.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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