Sydney Pickrem, Katerine Savard Lead 26-Strong Canada Team for Doha World Championships; No Summer McIntosh

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Sydney Pickrem, Katerine Savard Lead 26-Strong Canada Team for Doha World Championships

Canada on Tuesday named a diminished 26-person roster for the 2024 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The roster includes several veteran mainstays but is without the brightest talents on both sides of the draw.

Montreal native Katerine Savard is making her 13th World Championships appearance, across long- and short-course, dating to 2011.

“I’m super happy to represent Canada for another world championships,” Savard said in a Swimming Canada press release. “Every competition is a new opportunity to test what I’m working on going towards Olympic trials. It will be my seventh [long course] world champs. I’ve been close to getting back into the Top 8 from last summer, and I’m hoping I can prove to myself that I can still be one of the best butterfly swimmers in the world.”

She’ll be joined by program veterans Sydney Pickrem, Taylor Ruck and Ingrid Wilm. Pickrem is fresh off two gold medals at the 2023 Pan Am Games.

The men’s team includes Finlay Knox and Ruslan Gaziev among other emerging talents. Eight swimmers, including Tokyo Olympian Tessa Cieplucha, will be swimming at their first long-course Worlds.

Absent are most of the big names: No Summer McIntosh, no Maggie MacNeil, no Kylie Masse, no Josh Liendo, no Ilya Kharun and no Penny Oleksiak.

The missing names narrow Canada’s path to qualify relays for the Paris Olympics, with spots going to the top 13 finishers in Doha as an inducement to participate in a third Worlds in 18 months. Canada’s women’s 400 medley is already in thanks to a bronze at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka.

Canada won two gold and six total medals at the Fukuoka Worlds. It’s coming off 11 golds and 25 totals medals (second and third, respectively) at the Pan Am Games.

“We are delighted to announce our team for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar,” Swimming Canada High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson said. “The championships will provide a great opportunity for our selected athletes to race against some of the best athletes in the world early in the new year, and this will be very positive.”

Canada at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships

  • Men’s team: Javier Acevedo, James Dergousoff, Raben Dommann, Hau-Li Fan, Eduoard Fullum-Huot, Collyn Gagne, Ruslan Gaziev, Eric Hedlin, Finlay Knox, Antoine Sauve, Blake Tierney, Lorne Wigginton
  • Women’s team: Sienna Angove, Sophia Angus, Tessa Cieplucha, Sarah Fournier, Emma Finlin, Ella Jansen, Ashley McMillan, Emma O’Croinin, Laila Oravsky, Sydney Pickrem, Taylor Ruck, Katerine Savard, Rebecca Smih, Ingrid Wilm
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