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Three women advance to semifinals

2015 FINA –

KAZAN, Russia – Three Canadian swimmers will join Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C., in evening action at the FINA World Championships Friday.

Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., Hilary Caldwell of the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria and Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C. all earned semifinal spots with their morning swims at Kazan Arena.

Smith, meanwhile, qualified for tonight’s 200-m breaststroke final with a personal best of 2:22.82 in her semifinal Thursday.

Bouchard and Caldwell both moved through in the women’s 200-m backstroke heats. Bouchard turned in a personal best time of 2:08.66 to win her heat. That was third-fastest in the morning, behind only Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu (2:07.17), and American Missy Franklin (2:07.84), the defending world champion and world record holder. Caldwell, the returning bronze medallist, posted a 2:10.92 to grab the 15th of 16 semifinal spots.

Thomas was the first Canadian to advance through Friday morning heats. Her time of 26.46 in the 50-m butterfly tied for 14th to put her in tonight’s semifinal. Katerine Savard finished 29th at 26.93.

Canada’s other morning swim saw Karl Krug tie for 33rd in the men’s 50-m freestyle with a time of 22.88.

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