Caldwell strikes gold at Grand Prix

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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.

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