Swimming Canada Announces 32 Swimmers for Worlds Roster

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Penny Oleksiak; Photo Courtesy: Michael P. Hall/Swimming Canada

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Swimming Canada Announces 32 Swimmers for Worlds Roster

Swimming Canada announced a 32-swimmer roster for the 2022 World Championships, after completion of last week’s Bell Canadian Trials.

The roster includes 18 women and 14 men, 17 of whom have previous World Championships experience. Seven of the swimmers, including pool Olympian Katrina Bellio, are part of the open-water squad.

World will run from June 18-July 3, starting with eight days of pool competition followed by open water.

“Trials are always exciting and seeing the performances through the week shows the athletes are in a great position leading into the summer championships, to work with their coaches to build and improve at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games,” Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson said in a press release.

The release also includes nominations to the Commonwealth Games, which different slightly. Those are preliminary and will be ratified later in the month. Among the notable differences is a pair of Olympians in Kelsey Wog and Taylor Ruck who are on the Worlds roster but not for Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games run from July 28-Aug. 8 in Birmingham, England.

“With our athletes we have a great blend of experience and new additions to both our World Championships teams for the pool and open water, and this with the Commonwealth Games will now provide a great racing opportunity this summer when improvement and progression can follow,” Atkinson said.

Atkinson and Iain McDonald will be the team leader and assistant team leader, respectively, for both delegations. Martyn Wilby, as Swimming Canada’s senior coach and the interim head coach of the High Performance Centre-Vancover, is the head coach of both teams. Team coaches for both include Ryan Mallette, the interim head coach of HPC-Ontario, Greg Arkhurst and Linda Kiefer. Abderrahmane Tissira and Vlastimil Cerny will coach the Worlds team, while Rob Novak is a coach on the Commonwealth Games delegation.

Swimming Canada also named a 31-strong delegation for the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal, from June 12-18. Aurelie Rivard leads the group, one of nine returning medalists from the last edition in 2019.

The organization released a list of 36 swimmers (16 male, 20 female) that it will send to the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 24-27.

World Championships Roster

Javier Acevedo, Sophie Angus, Jeremy Bagshaw, Katrina Bellio, Tessa Cieplucha, James Dergousoff, Abby Dunford, Collyn Gagne, Ruslan Gaziev, Mary-Sophie Harvey, Patrick Hussey, Yuri Kisil, Finlay Knox, Joshua Liendo, Maggie MacNeil, Kylie Masse, Summer McIntosh, Rachel Nicol, Penny Oleksiak, Sydney Pickrem, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez, Katerine Savard, Rebecca Smith, Richie Stokes, Ingrid Wilm, Kelsey Wog

Open Water Worlds Roster

Alex Axon, Katrina Bellio, Eric Brown, Abby Dunford, Hua Li Fan, Emma Finlin, Eric Hedlin

Commonwealth Games Nominees

Javier Acevedo, Sophie Angus, Jeremy Bagshaw, Katrina Bellio, Eric Brown, Tessa Cieplucha, James Dergousoff, Collyn Gagne, Ruslan Gaziev, Mary-Sophie Harvey, Patrick Hussey, Ella Jansen, Yuri Kisil, Finlay Knox, Joshua Liendo, Maggie MacNeil, Kylie Masse, Summer McIntosh, Penny Oleksiak, Sydney Pickrem, Kayla Sanchez, Katerine Savard, Rebecca Smith