Canada first in team, duet competition after Day 1 of synchro swimming

Gold medal favourites Karine Thomas and Jacqueline Simoneau are first in the synchronized swimming duet after the technical routine Thursday at the Pan Am Games. Thomas and Simoneau are also tops following the technical routine of the team portion.

Mexico, USA, second, third in both disciplines

Canada's Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas are up on Mexico's pair by 3.7 points going into Saturday's final of the duet competition. (Mark Humphrey/The Canadian Press )

Canada is well on its way to defending synchronized swimming crowns in the team and duet competitions at the Pan Am Games. 

The Canadians are first in both disciplines after strong technical routines Thursday. Mexico and the United States are second and third, respectively, in the duet and team competitions. 

Duet competition 

Canada's Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas, the gold medal favourites, earned a score of 88.0881 points as they try to follow in the footsteps of Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon of Elisa Marcotte, who won Canada's 2011 gold. 

Mexico's Karem Achach and Nuria Diosdado are in second place with 84.4133 while United States pair Mariya Koroleva and Alison Williams round out the top three. 

Simoneau,18, is the youngest member of Canada's synchro swimming team, while Thomas, from Montreal, is a veteran of the team having been part of the team gold in 2011, and also competing at the London 2012 Olympics. 

With a win in the duet event, the pair will earn a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

The free finals of the event will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. 

Team competition

Thomas and Simoneau's work wasn't done, as they also were also a part of the team competition, where Canada earned a score of 87.9094 for Thursday evening's technical routine. Mexico earned a score of 85.6740 while the U.S. scored 82.6018. 

The finals of the team event will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. when Thomas and Simomeau will try to take home double gold. 


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