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Pan Am Games: Second Silver
Following yesterday’s solid second place performance in Duet, Synchro Canada’s National A Team also won the Silver Medal today as the Synchronized Swimming portion of the 2007 Pan American Games came to an end in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Switching gears from the high-tempo rockabilly Tech Routine, the Team swam their spectacular, intensely artistic Free Routine that is thematically modeled on Tarzan’s journey through the jungle.
The Canadian’s received a score of 47.834 in today’s Free Routine for a total of 95.251, falling only four tenths of a point behind the first-overall Americans who scored a 48.167 for a total of 95.667. The Brazilians gave the home crowd something to cheer for as they claimed the Bronze Medal with a score of 45.917 for a total of 90.751.
While Canada does not automatically qualify for the Olympics at this point, they are expected to in the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Games, and will have an entire year to improve upon the four-tenths of a point deficit.
Team Captain Marie-Pierre Gagné spoke on behalf of the Team and summed up the Pan American experience nicely: “We have had a great time here in Rio. The venue and the crowd were great! We will now go back to Montreal for our Olympic trials, and then start working with our coaches and choreographer to put together the Olympic program.”
Synchro Canada is proud of our athletes, and congratulates them on their podium performance!
Team members include: Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon, Jessika Dubuc, Marie-Pierre Gagné, Dominika Kopcik, Eve Lamoureux, Tracy Little, Tanya Matson, Elise Marcotte, Isabelle Rampling and Jennifer Song.
Congratulations also to Head Coach Isabelle Taillon, and Assistant Coaches Karine Doré and
The Olympic Team selection camp runs from August 11th through the 14th at the Parc Olympique Stadium in Montreal, visit www.synchro.ca for results.