|Canada one step closer to Olympic berth in team event for synchronized swimming|
GUADALAJARA – Canada built a healthy lead in the team preliminary round in synchronized swimming on Wednesday as it looks to finalize its Olympic berth at the Pan American Games.
The Canadians totalled 94.875 points with the U.S., second at 89.750 and Brazil third at 87.625. The preliminaries count for 50 percent of the final mark.
Swimming for Canada were Jo-Annie Fortin of Montreal, Stéphanie Leclair of Gatineau, Que., Tracy Little of Pointe-Claire, Que., Élise Marcotte of l’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., Karine Thomas of Gatineau, Que., Valérie Welsh of St-Nicolas, Que., Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., and Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon of Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
‘’This was an Olympic worthy performance,’’ said Canada’s coach Julie Sauvé. ‘’It was almost perfect. We were ahead of our closest opponents by five points. In 2007 we were neck and neck with them. It’s like we had won a hockey game 5-0.’’
Welsh said the Canadians were ready.
‘’We were calm in the water,’’ she said. ‘’That was important because it allowed us to reproduce what we had been doing in practice. Even on start platform we knew we were going to swim well. We are very confident.’’
Marcotte was also pleased.
‘’It was a great performance,’’ she said. ‘’We swam as a team and showed we were at another level. Fifty percent of our Olympic qualifying is now complete.’’
Competition continues Thursday with the duet final. Boudreau-Gagnon and Marcotte are in first place after Tuesday’s preliminaries. The gold medallists earn a country Olympic quota spot as well. The team final is Friday.
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