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Rivard Swims to Silver at Paralympic Games

Sept. 5, 2012 - In women’s S10 400 freestyle, Elodie Lorandi of France took the title in 4:34.55, 16-yar-old Aurélie Rivard lowered her Canadian record to 4:36.46, nine seconds than her previous best set in the morning prelims. Susan Scott of the U.S., was third in 4:37.23.

“I can’t believe this has happened,” said Rivard, who started swimming competitively only four years ago. “Elodie is always about 10 seconds ahead of me so to cut into her lead and win the silver gives me great pride. My strategy was too save my energy for the end. I gave everything I ahead in the second half and the last 100 I swam with my heart.’’

It’s been a great Games debut for Rivard. She was sixth last Thursday in the 200 IM, sixth last Friday in the 50 freestyle and fifth Tuesday in the 100 backstroke, all in personal best times. She completes her Games Thursday in the 100 freestyle.