02/15/2014 05:54 EST | Updated 04/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Drolet, Maltais advance in women's 1,500-metre speedskating; St-Gelais out

SOCHI, Russia - Canadians Marie-Eve Drolet and Valerie Maltais qualified for the quarter-finals in the women's 1,500 metres at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.

Drolet, from Chicoutimi, Que., placed second in the first qualifying heat in two minutes 24.859 seconds, while Maltais, from La Baie, Que., was second in the third heat in 2:27.721.

The top three finishers from each heat advanced.

Marianne St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., placed fourth in her heat. She had a time of 2:27.071.