That was a close call for Amy Fuller and the U.S. women's eight crew in the repechage Wednesday.
Fuller, who graduated from Westlake High, and her teammates waited until the last 100 meters before making their move and catching Canada to win the repechage and reach the finals on Sunday.
The Americans, who beat the Canadians by .32 of a second, are the favorites to win their first gold medal at a boycott-free Olympics.
AREA ATHLETES COMPETING TODAY:
Gail Castro, Glendale, beach volleyball
David Collins, Thousand Oaks, rowing
Sheila Cornell, Taft High, softball vs. Canada
Bob Ctvrtik, Pepperdine, volleyball vs. Cuba
Denny Fercho, Ventura, team handball vs. Russia
Kim Maher, Ventura, softball vs. Canada
Jim Parque, La Crescenta, baseball vs. Japan