Lindsay van Zundert qualified for freestyle Friday at the World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier, France. That requires a place in the top 24 in Wednesday’s short freestyle swim. The 17-year-old from Brabant knew when eleven of the 33 participants took an action, her score of 58.49 would suffice. She eventually ranked eighteenth.
Van Zundert, who came in in the second of the six starting sets, was good at making a second when she started playing. Only Georgian Anastasia Gubanova had a clearly better result at the time: 62.59. After the eleventh participant did not reach the result of the Dutch, it was already certain that Van Zundert was placed in a freestyle competition.
Van Zandert stayed below her score at the Beijing Winter Games in Montpellier, placing 59.24, a personal best. At the games, it was enough to achieve free swimming, after which she took the 18th place.
The figure skater, from Etten-Leur, finished 16th at the World Championships in Stockholm last year. Then she qualified for the twenty-fourth place in the freestyle. This achievement made her the first Dutch female snowboarder at the Games since Diane de Leeuw in 1976 in Innsbruck.
In January of this year, Van Zandert was unable to qualify for the freestyle swimming at the European Championships in Tallinn. She did not finish 27th in the short freestyle.
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