Katerine Savard certainly did not expect to conclude the first day of competition in swimming with a gold medal hanging around his neck, Tuesday at the Pan Am Games Aquatic Centre.
“For me, it was a surprise to participate in 4X100m freestyle relay because I had never participated in this competition, or at the national level, nor at internaitonal level, said Savard, the smile on the lips. I’m really fortunate to have been able to participate with the girls, and besides having won gold. I can not be happier. ”
Savard of Quebec City and Sandrine Mainville of Boucherville, put their shoulders to the wheel in the 4X100m freestyle relay and finish the race in first place. Their time of 3: 36; 80 even formed a new Canadian and Pan American record.
“Three of the four girls (except Savard) train together in the relay, so the chemistry was already installed between us,” noted Mainville, who darted into the pool first because of its excellent starts.
Savard, who has herself described as “weak link” of the relay, recorded impressive enough time in the 100m freestyle at the Canada Cup last week to earn an invitation to the relay team. She then had to perform well in the preliminaries Tuesday morning to secure his place in the final.
The choice was obviously good since Canada has surprised the United States, yet Favorites, which include members in their bronze medalist at 4X100m freestyle relay at the London Olympic Games in 2012 Natalie Coughlin. The Americans, who established the new brand Pan American earlier in the preliminaries were second in 3: 37; 01, ahead of Brazil (3: 37; 39).
“We really thought it would be difficult to catch them (the Americans) after their time this morning, admitted Savard, who will also participate in the 200m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle knew. So we thought we had nothing to lose and that would just be happy to realize the new Canadian record … And in fact, the Pan American record was even beaten, so it’s so much better ! ”
Lacroix in gold, but not totally satisfied
Earlier in the evening, Audrey Lacroix won the gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly by recording a time of two minutes and 7.68 seconds. Although Quebec has moved to a hair of the Pan American record – established in Rio in 2007 by the American Kathleen Hershey (2: 07.64) – it did not seem totally satisfied with its performance.
“It’s a good time, but I think I could be even faster at the World Championships,” said one who participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing and London.
“My strategy is to get a good start, she added. In this way, by working hard, I think I can improve my time in the second 100m, and maybe build a race that will allow me to be among the best in Rio. ”
In the final, the athlete aged 31 beat American Katherine Mills by 1.63 seconds and the Brazilian Joanna Maranhao by 1.70.
Lacroix, who notably won gold in the 200m butterfly and silver in the 100m butterfly, free 4X100m and 4X100m individual medley at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo in 2003, said it was not that he lacked the motivation to go the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“I know he does not have much other races at international level (31 years), but already behind the blocks tonight I knew I was going to experience something special, ‘she confided. I had to take this opportunity and I do everything I could to win, and that’s what I did. ”
It will now attempt to repeat his performance at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in mid-August, since no pass for the Olympics is granted at the Pan American Games.