07/30/2012 06:56 EDT | Updated 09/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadians Jardin, Cheverton make 200m free semis

Barbara Jardin of Notre-Dame-de Grace, Que., and Samantha Cheverton of Montreal both moved on to the women's 200-metre freestyle semifinals on Monday.

Jardin came in sixth with a time of one minute, 57.92 seconds, which was 0.76 seconds behind first-place finisher Federica Pellegrini from Italy.

Cheverton touched in at 1:58.11 to place ninth in the heat. The top 16 swimmers advance.

Both Canadian swimmers are making their Olympic debut in London.

Rising American star Missy Franklin also qualified with the third-fastest time of 1:57.62.