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.