Jessica Deglau, Canada's Madam Butterfly, is now a major player in the
sport of swimming after a brilliant 1999 season in which she pre-qualified
for the 2000 Olympic Games. The 20-year-old Vancouver resident first broke
the Canadian record in the 200 butterfly at the 1996 Olympics clocking
2:11.68 for sixth spot and bettered it two years later at the world
championships again finishing sixth.
However in the 200 fly the very best are currently swimming in the
2:07-2:10 range. At the 1999 Pan Am Games Deglau went under the magic 2:10
barrier clocking 2:09.64, a time that would have earned her the silver
medal at the 1996 Games and a bronze at the 1998 worlds. It was the second
fastest time in the world in 1999 behind Australian world and Olympic
champion Susie O'Neill's 2:07.35.
Women's 800-metre freestyle relay: Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Joanne Malar, Hamilton; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished fifth in final.
Women's 200-metre butterfly: Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished seventh in heat, eliminated.
Women's 200-metre freestyle: Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished sixth in heat, eliminated; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, Ont., was seventh in heat, eliminated.
Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, was sixth in heat, eliminated.
Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, Waterloo, were seventh in final.
Canadian Olympic swimmers gather after their heat
The Canadian women have a group hug
A Canadian group hug
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