Richardson Tied For Fourth After Day One Of Canadian Olympic Trials

July 10, 2004

UCLA junior Kate Richardson tied for fourth place after day one of the Canadian Olympic Trials with a score of 35.975. The Trials, which are being held at Toronto's Seneca College, conclude Sunday.

Richardson started the meet shaky on balance beam, scoring just an 8.15 due to two falls, but she recovered more than gracefully in her final three events, scoring 9.35 on floor, 9.25 on vault and 9.225 on uneven bars.

Melanie Banville leads the competition with a score of 37.325, followed by Heather Purnell (36.575) and Amelie Plante (36.35). Richardson and Kylie Stone are tied for fourth.

At the end of Sunday's competition, four athletes will be named to the Olympic team automatically, based on points accumulated from the national championships (worth 35%), and the Olympic trials (65%). The final two athletes will be chosen based on the strengths and weaknesses of the team and will be named after a meeting by team officials Sunday night.

Richardson placed fifth at the national championships with a score of 35.6, behind Stone (36.5), Purnell (36.175), Plante (36.6) and Banville (35.775).

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