Caldwell strikes gold at Grand Prix

White Rock
White Rock's Hilary Caldwell competes in the 200-m backstroke during an event in Texas Sunday.
— image credit: Swimming Canada photo

Hilary Caldwell is back on the podium.

The White Rock swimmer – who now trains in Victoria – won gold in the women’s 200-m backstroke Sunday, at the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition in Austin, Texas.

Caldwell – who won a bronze medal last summer at a Grand Prix event in Spain – swam nearly seven seconds faster in the 200-m finals than she did in the preliminary race, clocking a time of two minutes, 10.78 seconds. She was just less than two seconds faster than American swimmer Megan Romano, who took silver.

“This event is a great preparation for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship trials (this April in Victoria) that are coming up,” said Caldwell in a news release. “It gives us a good indication of where we stand heading into the next phase of training.”

The win in the pool caps an impressive last few months for the 22-year-old Pacific Sea Wolves alum. In December, she was named 2013’s best female swimmer by Swimming Canada. She was named Swim BC’s top female swimmer back in October.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, March 2017

Add an Event