2016 Canadian Championships
- August 4th-7th, 2016
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Prelims – 10 am local (Noon EDT)
- Finals – 6 pm local (4 pm EDT)
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As the 2016 Canadian Olympic Team is preparing to compete in Rio many young upcoming Canadians will be heading to Edmonton to compete at the 2016 Canadian Championships, which run from August 4th-7th.
Last summer at the World Junior Championships 16 year old Mary-Sophie Harvey of CNSJ collected the silver in the 200 IM while Danielle Hanus of Newmarket came home with the bronze in the 50 backstroke. Both Harvey and Hanus will be representing Canada at this year’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui and will both be swimmers to watch out for in Edmonton.
Harvey will contend for the national titles in the individual medley events while Hanus will be the favourite in the sprint backstroke events.
Harvey will be challenged by Tessa Cieplucha from Oakville who will be her teammate at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Cieplucha finished fourth in the 400 IM at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April.
One of the races that will highlight the junior aged talent in the nation is the women’s 100 butterfly where the top four swimmers are 16 or under. 16 year olds Rebecca Smith of Cascade, Maggie MacNeil of London and Mabel Zavaros of Oakville are top three ranked athletes going into the event. 14 year old Jade Hannah of the Halifax Trojans Aquatic Club is the fourth fastest entrant.
Other junior aged swimmers who will be competing in the championships, but will be more focused on the upcoming Junior Pan Pacific Championships include Kelsey Wog of the University of Manitoba, Olivia Anderson of ESwim and Ingrid Wilm of the Cascade.
17 year old Meryn McCann ESwim will not be competing in Maui, but is going into the meet as the top entrant in both the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke.
The top junior athlete in the men’s event will be a hometown favourite, 18 year old Anders Klein of the Keyano Swim Club. Klein, who competed at the Junior World Championships last summer will challenge for a spot on the podium in the men’s 100 and 200 backstroke.
There will be two familiar faces competing for national titles as Jeremy Bagshaw of the Island Swim Centre and Richard Funk of the Toronto Swim Club will both be racing in Edmonton.