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Swimming Canada Nominates 26 Athletes to Canada’s 2018 Commonwealth Games Team

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OTTAWA — Swimming Canada has nominated a group of 26 athletes who will be focused on contributing to the Canadian medal count when they dive into the pool for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, April 4-15, 2018.

The national body for swimming in Canada will field a stellar lineup of 16 women and 10 men who bring a combination of veteran leadership with youthful energy and drive – with 10 athletes under the age of 20.

“This is a young, yet dynamic and strong team of athletes who have proven they can perform under some of the most intense pressure at major international meets,” said John Atkinson, high-performance director and team leader, Swimming Canada. “With our young veterans leading the way, we established more depth in the program this summer where we saw a number of swimmers perform exceptionally well in a series of Championships and Games that were used as selection meets for our Commonwealth Games team. This event will be another critical benchmark and measuring stick for our team as we continue to build towards the 2020 Olympic Summer Games. It will provide our top athletes with another major test, while giving our rookies additional international race experience in a Games environment which will serve us well in the pursuit of our goals in 2020.”

The team of Canadian swimmers replete with medal potential will be led by 11 athletes who competed at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio along including medallists Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Hilary Caldwell and Kylie Masse, who set a new world record in the 100-metre backstroke final at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary this summer.

“I am so very excited to attend the Commonwealth Games in Australia,” said Masse. “I am looking forward to travelling to a new country to compete. Every major competition in the next few years is important for us in the lead-up and preparation for Tokyo 2020.”

The deep contingent of talented Canucks in the pool will contain five athletes who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games along with seven rookies on the senior swim team.

The list of Canadian swimmers nominated to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team includes:

Name                                               Hometown                       Club                        

Women

Hilary Caldwell                             White Rock, B.C.            Island Swimming/HPC-VIC

Sarah Darcel                                 Victoria                             Island Swimming/HPC-VIC

Jade Hannah                                Halifax                               Island Swimming/NextGen

Mary-Sophie Harvey                 Trois-Rivières, Que.     Neptune Natation

Faith Knelson                               Ladysmith, B.C.              Island Swimming/NextGen

Kylie Masse                                  Windsor, Ont.                  Windsor Essex Swim Team

Rachel Nicol                                 Lethbridge, Alta.            Lethbridge Amateur SC

Penny Oleksiak                           Toronto                             Toronto Swim Club

Taylor Ruck                                   Kelowna, B.C.                  Scarborough Swim Club/HPC-ONT

Kayla Sanchez                             Scarborough, Ont.       Ajax Aquatic Club/HPC-ONT

Katerine Savard                           Pont-Rouge, Que.        CAMO

Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson    Ottawa                             Go Kingfish/HPC-VAN

Kierra Smith                                  Kelowna, B.C.                 Liquid Lightning

Rebecca Smith                            Red Deer, Alta.              Scarborough Swim Club/HPC-ONT

Mabel Zavaros                             Oakville, Ont.                Oakville Swim Club

Alexia Zevnik                                Montreal                         Pointe Claire Swim Club

Men

Jeremy Bagshaw                       Victoria                            Island Swimming/HPC-VIC

Samuel Belanger                       Quebec, Que.                 Universite Laval

Josiah Binnema                         Prince George, B.C.      UBC Dolphins/HPC-VAN

Mack Darragh                             Mississauga, Ont.         Oakville Swim Club

Ruslan Gaziev                             Toronto                             Markham Swim Club

Tristan Cote                                 Mississauga, Ont.        Etobicoke Swim Club

Yuri Kisil                                        Calgary                             UBC Dolphins/HPC-VAN

Carson Olafson                         Chilliwack, B.C.               UBC Dolphins/HPC-VAN

Markus Thormeyer                  Delta, B.C.                         UBC Dolphins/HPC-VAN

Eli Wall                                          Ottawa                              University of Toronto Swim Club

Coaches

Martyn Wilby                         Swimming Canada     Head Coach

Linda Kiefer                           Toronto

Bill O’Toole                            Toronto

Ben Titley                               Toronto

Tom Johnson                        Vancouver

Ryan Mallette                        Victoria

Vince Mikuska                       Swimming Canada

“Swimming is one of the largest sport teams on Team Canada 2018,” said Claire Carver-Dias, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team going to Gold Coast. “With their amazing success in the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we will look to these athletes to set a strong pace for all sports on the ground in Australia. Congratulations to all those who have been nominated today; I look forward to meeting you and supporting you as you strive for the podium at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

The entire Canadian Team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March 2018.

The 2018 Games will take place April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia, with 70 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part.

ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES CANADA

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.

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Sylvie Bigras

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