Canada selects Commonwealth synchro team
Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon headlines Canada's three-member Commonwealth Games synchronized swim team that is poised to continue its dominance in New Delhi, India.
Boudreau-Gagnon, from Riviere-du-Loup, Que., will compete in the solo event and team up with Chloe Isaac of Brossard, Que., in the duet. Elise Marcotte of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que., will go as the duet substitute.
Boudrea-Gagnon captured gold in both solo and duet in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, two of the 14 medals Canada has won in the sport since it was added to the Commonwealth Games program in 1986.
"The goal in 2010 is to continue our domination," said Synchro Canada's CEO Catherine Gosselin-Despres.
Julie Sauve is the team's coach.
Isaac and Marcotte will be making their Commonwealth Games debut, but the team heads to New Delhi for the Games, Oct. 3-14, on the heels of several strong performances.
Boudrea-Gagnon, Isaac and Marcotte were part of the Canadian team that won bronze in the team combo event at the 2009 world aquatic championships, while Boudreau-Gagnon added a bronze in the technical solo event.
The Canadian team followed that performance with a victory at the 2009 FINA World Trophy, a first podium finish for Canada in the four-year history of the event. Boudreau-Gagnon also won silver in the free solo.
Earlier this year, Boudreau-Gagnon captured gold in the free and technical solo events at the Japan Open and teamed up with Isaac to win silver in the free duet and technical duet. Boudreau-Gagnon followed that up with victories in the technical and free at the China Open.
Synchro is scheduled at the Games for Oct. 6 and 7.