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World championships team features mix of youth, experience

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Double world record holder Summer McIntosh will lead a 31-member Swimming Canada team into this summer’s World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

The 16-year-old from Toronto set world records in the 400-metre freestyle and 400-m individual medley during the 2023 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials.

Joining her will be Margaret Mac Neil of London, Ont., the Olympic gold medallist in the 100-m butterfly; Kylie Masse of La Salle, Ont., a world champion and Olympic silver medallist in backstroke; and Joshua Liendo of Markham, Ont., winner of three medals at last year’s world championships in Budapest.

McIntosh, who broke five Canadian and world junior records during the trials, hinted more is possible at the world championships.

“I’m really excited to be honest,” she said. “There’s always room for improvement. I always watch my races with my coach and kind of nitpick what I could do better to keep improving.

“Once you get to the world stage and really big meets, it’s just about getting your handed on the wall. My goal is always to keep improving. I’m just excited to race a bunch of people.”

Canadian swimmers won 11 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) at last year’s championships in Budapest, the country’s most ever, and broke five Canadian records. Canada ranked third in total medals and fourth in gold.

This year’s team consists of 14 men and 17 women. There are 21 swimmers (12 women, 9 men) returning from the Budapest squad while 10 swimmers (5 women, 5 men) will be making their world championships debut.

Katerine Savard, who trains with Club Aquatique Montreal, will be competing at her sixth world championships.

“I still have dreams,” said Savard, who has spent 14 years on Canadian national swim team. “I’m fortunate to still be of a calibre to compete with these girls.

“I’m proud to be at their level and to be part of several generations of swimmers.”

Brayden Taivassalo of Newmarket, Ont., who trains at the High Performance Centre – Ontario, is excited about attending his first world championships.

“It’s a big moment,” said Taivassalo. “This whole year has been a constant opportunity to learn and grow as a swimmer.

“It’s definitely a great experience not just the meet but also the training camp leading up to it. Everything about it will be good.”

John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s high performance director and national coach, believes Canada will have another strong performance this year.

“After a successful week at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, we are excited to see our swimmers perform against the world’s best in Fukuoka,” said Atkinson. “The meet is another important step as Swimming Canada prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“For our athletes, what ever their level of performance was during the Trials, the goal is now to improve and be better in Fukuoka.”

The world championships will be the first chance for countries to qualify relay teams for the Paris Olympics.

Ryan Mallette of the High Performance Centre – Ontario, will be the team’s head coach. His staff will include Scott Talbot (High Performance Centre – Vancouver), Dave Johnson (Calgary Cascade Swim Club); Greg Arkhurst (Club Aquatique Montreal); Linda Kiefer (University of Toronto), Paul Birmingham ( University of Alberta) and Brent Arckey (Sarasota Sharks) as a personal support coach.

Iain McDonald will be assistant team leader and Jan Hanan the team manager.

“I’m really delighted with the coaches and support staff we have appointed to help our athletes perform their best at the world championships,” said Atkinson.

“This is great recognition to the coaches appointed and to their clubs, as well as providing great opportunities for our coaches to develop. This is a key strategy for Swimming Canada and it will continue.”

The World Aquatics Championships will be held July 14 to July 30. The pool swimming events, which begin July 23, will be held at Marine Messe Fukuoka. Open water swimming, which runs from July 15 to July 20, will be held at Seaside Momochi Beach Park.

The open water athletes will be selected at the 2023 Canadian Open Water Trials in Grand Cayman, April 15-16.

The teams for the Pan American Games, being held Oct. 20-Nov. 5 in Santiago, Chile, and the World Aquatic Junior Swimming Championships Nov. 4-9 in Netanya, Israel,  will be named Thursday.

Name/NOM Club Coach/Entraineur Hometown/Ville Residence
Acevedo, Javier High Performance Centre – Ontario Ryan Mallette Toronto, ON Scarborough, ON
Bagshaw, Jeremy Island Swimming John Szaranek Victoria, BC Limerick, Ireland
Brown, Eric Pointe-Claire Swim Club Anthony Nesty Pointe-Claire, QC Pointe-Claire, QC
Dergousoff, James High Performance Centre – Vancouver Scott Talbot Christina Lake, BC Vancouver, BC
Fullum-Huot, Edouard Pointe-Claire Swim Club Anthony Nesty Montreal, QC Montreal, QC
Gaziev, Ruslan Etobicoke Swim Club Brian Schrader Moscow, Russia Toronto, ON
Gagne, Collyn Simon Fraser Aquatics Liam Donnelly Milton, ON Burnaby, BC
Hussey, Patrick Pointe-Claire Swim Club Mark Gangloff Montreal, QC Montreal, QC
Kharun, Ilya Sandpipers of Nevada Ron Aitken Montreal, QC Las Vegas, NV
Knox, Finlay High Performance Centre -Ontario Ryan Mallette Okotoks, AB Toronto, ON
Liendo, Joshua North York Aquatic Club Anthony Nesty Markham, ON Gainesville, FL
McNeill, Hugh University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Derrick Schoof Langley, BC Vancouver, BC
Taivassalo, Brayden High Performance Centre -Ontario Ryan Mallette Markham, ON Markham, ON
Wigginton, Lorne University of Calgary Swim Club Carl Simonson Calgary, AB Calgary, AB
Angus, Sophie High Performance Centre – Ontario Ryan Mallette Weston, CT Toronto, ON
Douthwright, Brooklyn Club De Natation Bleu Et Or Ryan Allen Riverview, NB Knoxville, Tenn.
Finlin, Emma Edmonton Keyano Swim Club Paul Birmingham Edmonton, AB Edmonton, AB
Henderson, Hanna Etobicoke Swim Club Robert Novak Mississauga, ON Mississauga, ON
Jansen, Ella High Performance Centre – Ontario Ryan Mallette Burlington, ON Burlington, ON
Mac Neil, Margaret London Aquatic Club Rick Bishop London, ON Baton Rouge, LA
Harvey, Mary-Sophie Club Aquatique Montreal Greg Arkhurst Trois-Rivieres, QC Montreal, QC
Masse, Kylie Toronto Swim Club Ben Titley LaSalle, ON Sant Cugat des Vallès, Spain
McIntosh, Summer Sarasota Sharks Brent Arckey Toronto, ON Sarasota, FL
O’Croinin, Emma High Performance Centre – Vancouver Scott Talbot Edmonton, AB Vancouver, BC
Oleksiak, Penelope High Performance Centre – Ontario Ryan Mallette Toronto, ON Toronto, ON
Pickrem, Sydney Toronto Swim Club Jason Calanog Clearwater, FL College Station, TX
Ruck, Taylor Scarborough Swim Club Greg Meehan Kelowna, BC Stanford, CA
Savard, Katerine Club Aquatique Montreal Greg Arkhurst Pont-Rouge, QC Montreal, QC
Wilm, Ingrid Cascade Swim Club Dave Johnson Norwich, England Calgary, AB
Wog, Kelsey University of Manitoba Bisons Vlastimil Cerny Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg, MB
Zavaros, Mabel Markham Aquatic Club Anthony Nesty Burlington, ON Burlington, ON
Name Postion
Atkinson, John Team Leader
McDonald, Iain Asst Team Leader
Hanan, Jan Team Manager
Mallette, Ryan Head Coach
Arkhurst, Greg Team Coach
Birmingham, Paul Team Coach
Johnson, Dave Team Coach
Kiefer, Linda Team Coach
Talbot, Scott Team Coach
Schoof, Derrick Team Coach
Arckey, Brent Personal Support Professional
Fuller, Johnny Physical Performance
Castro, Ron Massage Therapy
Maroney, Suzanne Massage Therapy
Vandenbogaerde, Tom Performance Scientist
Olson, Graham Video Analysis
Keeler, Dr. Steve Physician
White, Nathan Media Attache
Buttle, Meghan Physiotherapist