Team Canada beat Mexico 32-7 on Wednesday in women’s water polo at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. With the win, Canada has improved to a record of three wins and zero losses, and have won Group A.
Serena Browne of Montreal, Quebec led Canada with five goals. In all, 11 Canadians scored. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie of Montreal, Quebec, Emma Wright of Lindsay, Ontario, and Verica Bakoc of Toronto, Ontario scored three four goals each, Blaire McDowell of Regina, Saskatchewan, Kindred Paul of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and Hayley McKelvey of Delta, British Columbia had three goals each, Floranne Carroll and Axelle Crevier of Montreal had two goals each, and Daphne Guevremont of Montreal and Francis Lekness of Calgary, Alberta had one goal each.
Canada will next play Chile in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Actually, all eight teams in the tournament qualified for the quarterfinals, as group play could have been considered more like a seeding round. In other action, Argentina plays Puerto Rico, Mexico plays the United States, and Cuba plays Brazil. The United States is the heavy favourite to win the tournament, as they have won the gold medal at the last three Olympic Games. The winner of the Pan American Games in women’s water polo qualifies for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.