Friday, August 27, 2004

Loveland's Jasontek confident of medal

By Paul Daugherty
Enquirer staff writer

Loveland native Becky Jasontek and the U.S. team were third after Thursday's technical round.
(Robert Scheer/Gannett News Service)
ATHENS - Becky Jasontek is halfway to an Olympic medal.

After the technical portion of the program Thursday, the American synchronized swim team is in third place, behind Russia and Japan, and just ahead of Spain. The free program is at 12:30 p.m. EDT today. Each program counts 50 percent.

"I feel confident" about winning a medal, said Jasontek, a graduate of Mount Notre Dame. "We couldn't have asked for more today" in the technical program.

Jasontek said team coach Chris Carver asked only that the eight-woman team be more aggressive today.

"She thought we were a little tentative," Jasontek said.

That Jasontek is at the Olympics at all is a story in itself. An alternate at the 2000 Games, she had planned to retire four years ago, a year after a ruptured ovarian cyst nearly killed her. But she stayed with it, for one last Olympic push.

Jasontek called Thursday's initial Olympic experience "surreal, a dream. It was just like I was on autopilot. The music was pulling me along."

The U.S. women won gold in this event in the 1996 Games.

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