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Caldwell, Bouchard 1-2 in 200m backstroke at U.S. Grand Prix

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., won gold in the women's 200-metre backstroke, and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., was second at the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition on Saturday.

Canadians occupy top 2 podium spots

Canada's Hilary Caldwell, shown here last year, won the women's 200-metre backstroke on Saturday. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., won gold in the women's 200-metre backstroke, and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., was second at the U.S. Grand Prix swimming competition on Saturday.

Caldwell swam almost seven seconds faster than her time in the preliminaries, finishing in two minutes and 10.78 seconds.

Bouchard followed in 2:12.06, Megan Romano of the U.S. was third in 2:13.16 and Meryn McCann of Burlington, Ont., placed fourth in 2:13.53. Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., was also in the final and placed eighth.

"This event is a great preparation for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship trials that are coming up," said Caldwell. "It gives us a good indication of where we stand heading into the next phase of training."

Other Canadian women finalists were Victoria Poon and Hannah Riordan, both of Montreal, who finished fifth and eighth, respectively in the 50 freestyle, and Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., who placed eighth in the 400 individual medley.

On the men's side, Vancouver's Stephan Milosevic was seventh in the 200 freestyle and Matthew Swanston of Newmarket, Ont., placed eighth in the 200 backstroke.

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