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You might say this Newfoundlander is swimming around the world

Catherine Barrett
Catherine Barrett

St. John’s native Catherine Barrett with Canada's artistic swimming team at FINA championships in Korea this week, off to Pan Am Games in Peru on Monday

Canada’s senior artistic swimming team will compete in today’s team free final at the FINA world aquatic championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Canadian team, which includes Catherine Barrett of St. John’s, placed seventh of 27 countries in Wednesday’s team free preliminaries.

Barrett is a reserve on the eight-woman team.

Canada was also seventh in the team technical final Tuesday.

Following the world championship, the 19-year-old Barrett will be off to Lima, Peru with the national team for the 2019 Pan American Games.

The team returns to Canada Saturday, and leaves Montreal for Peru Monday.

The Pan Am Games are the 2020 Olympic artistic swimming qualifying event for the Americas Continental Zone. The winner of the team event in Lima will automatically qualify both the team and a duet for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Canada missed qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a first for artistic swimming.

The 19-year-old Barrett started out with the Sea Stars club at the Aquarena in St. John’s, but now trains at Toronto's Regional Training Centre under two-time Olympic coach Gábor Szauder and assistants Kasia Kulesza and Karine Doré.

She became a member of the national junior program in 2015, finishing seventh in team technical and team free at the FINA junior worlds last year.

She also earned a spot on the senior national team in 2018.

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